Let’s be honest here – videogame companies can sometimes play us for chumps. They want that initial $60 we offer up after rushed production, cut corners, and overblown advertising. Even the most fail-proof games can be horrifying disasters.
But at the same time the most bizarre game concepts, designs, and stories have turned out to be some of the best games in gaming history, despite the strange ideas behind them. So here’s my list (completely subjective of course) of the top 7 Would-Be-Flops Successful Videogames. Why? Because sometimes you gotta try a crazy idea to get results!
7) Kingdom Hearts
Why it seemed like a flop: Freaking Disney? What self-respecting adult is going to play a game loaded to the brim with Disney characters and cutesy designs and probably some less than mature themes? More so, it tries to market itself to players of JRPGS, a generally older crowd, while keeping the Disney feature front and center, obviously for younger kids.
Why it works: Nostalgia is a more powerful tool than most give it credit for. I mean, sure, we all SAY we’re too old for Disney but we’re never too old. Fighting against your favorite Final Fantasy characters is great, but fighting alongside Donald and Goofy? Going to the worlds of your favorite characters from all the movies? Defeating the Boogey Man, Ursula, and Captain Hook? EPIC EPIC EPIC!!!