For all of the great games that ever released on the PlayStation 3, there were more than a few overhyped duds. That’s nothing new, though — crappy games are made out to be the second coming all the time, after all.
But there was something unique about the last generation of games, where the maturation of the internet let information move more freely and quickly than ever before. Suddenly, there were twice as many media outlets distributing twice as many screenshots and videos, and a talented PR team could make any stinker look like the greatest game of all time.
Today we’re going to take a look back at a few titles that we couldn’t get away from, and then promptly forgot once we saw them for the mediocrity they really were.
“…it’s clear that Spark [Unlimited] is taking the time to get this game right.” – IGN
Previews are a silly bit of business, where publishers, developers, and PR firms all work hard to make sure that a tiny slice of a game looks as good as can be. When the rest of the game ends up as unfettered crap, everyone involved in a glowing preview gets to feel bad about it.
In Legendary’s case, it was built up to be an amazing adventure filled with mythical beasts, unleashed upon an unsuspecting New York City when your character unwittingly opens Pandora’s Box. The final product was going to be a graphical powerhouse that changed how we thought about the next generation of video games (circa 2008, of course).
That did not happen. Ironically enough, IGN ended up with the lowest critic score on Metacritic; the outlet served Legendary with a 2.3 out of 10 on PS3.