5 games the world deserves, but will never receive
Words by Jason Sewald
Not to long ago, I bought the Jak and Daxter collection from the Playstation store and on top of being reminded of how great the series was, it also got me thinking about the long-since-cancelled Jak 4 and how upsetting it is that it will never see the light of day. So naturally it got me thinking of 5 games that sounded great but eventually for whatever reason landed in the bin and will never see the light of day.
Starting of this list with the aforementioned Jak 4. This one probably hit me the most because I grew up on the series back in the Playstation 2 era. Naughty Dogs creation and Crash Bandicoots successor struck critical and commercial gold with the first one and just flipped the script with its second one and found even more success somehow. So when the 4th one was announced, fans, including myself were well aboard the hype train until they cancelled it for a reason only god knows because they did not run into any financial trouble or any trouble for that matter. The only thing I can hope for is for Naughty Dog to wake up and just pick up the series again but seeing as it has been almost 5 years since its cancellation it seems unlikely.
Before I start on this game, I want to state that I am not a fan of scary games but I was a fan of the people who were working on it, mainly Oscar winning director Guillermo Del Toro, horror manga legend Junji Ito, the Walking Deads fan favourite Norman Reedus and last but not least the King of brilliant and convoluted video game plots Hideo Kojima; the man behind the Metal Gear series. Now this game was to be the horror game which ended all horror games and that was apparent in its demo or “playable teaser” which saw you going through the same corridor over and over again while the world around you slowly but surely started to get more surreal and terrifying. The reason for its cancellation lies due to the fact that Konami; the publishers and Kojima had a great falling out which essentially sent ripples through the entire industry and sadly saw the end of this game and its potential. Gameplay of this can still be found on Youtube, however, if you do plan on watching it, I suggest watching it in a very well-lit room.
The most recent game that’s been cancelled on this list, Scalebound, got cancelled early January 2017 after a very hype and hopeful showing at the E3 show in 2015. The game saw you was the protagonist against a huge and beautiful world with his Dragon partner. The game was hugely ambitious because it would’ve put the Xbox one to its absolute limits, however, the reason it got cancelled was because of just that, Microsoft closed the project after saying that they couldn’t get the game to run at a smooth frame rate so they shelved the entire thing. Hopefully they will work on it again in the future because this game would’ve been a great new exclusive for a console that has been struggling for such a thing for the longest of time now.
Gotham By Gaslight
Batman set in the Victorian times. Now this sounds great for a number of reasons; firstly, is that the Victorian times were probably one of the bleakest times in history and that bleak and dark nature of it would suit the Dark Knight perfectly. Secondly, it is that it gives DC the chance to re invent some iconic villains as historical character e.g. Joker as Jack the Ripper and finally, it offers new ideas on how the worlds greatest detective would solve crimes. The game never got past its prototype stage and screenshots of it can be found somewhere swimming online however this is a game that will be sadly missed.
Metal Gear Solid 5s Mission 51
Kojima and Konami are here again and this game was actually the reason for their feud and the eventual cancellation of Silent Hills. Now Metal Gear itself still managed to hit shelves much to our luck and I got myself the collectors edition, but even though we got the game Kojima let us know that this wasn’t the finished product by showing us unfinished cut scenes of a mission 51 which would partly explain its cliff hanger ending but the nasty break up between the two saw Kojima leave its brain child and therefore leaving any hope of it ever being finished.