10 Video Games The World Wasn’t Ready For

Famous painter Vincent Van Gogh was notoriously underrated in his day, but that didn’t stop him from doing what he loved although he never really got the attention he deserved.

It wasn’t until years after his death that his work spread around the world and today he is one of the most beloved artists of all time. It’s fair to say that the world wasn’t ready for Van Gogh when he needed it.

The same thing can happen in all kinds of art.

Sometimes games that try new things often don’t succeed. There are endless variables on this and even some of the strongest titles fail to find an audience to support them financially. When the media tries new things, it opens itself up to glorious game-changing success or dismal failure.

Every game on this list was functionally successful, but their developers’ best-laid plans fell short when they hit store shelves. Under-purchased, neglected and sometimes downright derided despite their promise; these games would probably have done better had they come out at a different time or perhaps in another place.

When you think of the horror of survival, you most likely think of isolation. Narrow corridors of a scary place that gives you that fight or flight feeling when you encounter an enemy. You have only yourself and far too little ammo to rely on.

In the clearly impending wave rush that was online gaming, Capcom decided to take Resident Evil in a surprising direction with the Outbreak duology. Using the PlayStation 2 Network Adapter, Theory survived a Resi-style puzzle box storyline online with other fans of the series.

With a dozen characters to choose from, plus plenty of interesting locations, each with their own gadgets and enemies; Outbreak was not only an interesting twist on the classic Resi style, but it also built on lore.

Unfortunately, the lack of voice chat functionality made it quite difficult to work with your team, even if the online functionality was even available in your country (hello from us long-suffering PAL players).

It seems in retrospect that Outbreak had taken the leap. Thankfully, dedicated fans have crafted PC servers that allow the online experience of Outbreak to be possible and so we can all experience exactly how it might have felt if it came at the right time.


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Carolyn M. Daniel