Game news 6 poorly sold PlayStation (PS1) games that don’t deserve it!
It’s like the law of the market! Some games sell very well, while others don’t. The observation applies to every console and of course, the PlayStation 1 is no exception to the rule. Now, so let’s tell you about these titles that weren’t commercially successful on Sony’s first console even if they were worth a look.
Consider: in the 1990s, being able to travel in a flying car and cross a city à la Bladerunner. A dream come true for sci-fi fans ! That’s the suggestion of G-Police, an aerial shooter released in 1997. Everyone has a scenario worthy of Philip K Dick. After the war that led to the disbandment of all armies | militias, a government police force was created: the “G-Police”. This is how veteran Slater joins the unit to solve the mysterious disappearance of his brother. The software is divided into 35 levels with different missions, the player constantly riding in Havoc, a kind of super -equipped flying car. Funny little detail: G-Police was created by Psygnosis, a studio that would later give birth to the famous futuristic racing game Wipeout. Like what, you have to start somewhere!
Clone Door by Phantomile
While in the 1990s, the first 3D platform games began to arrive, some were even more successful in this leap towards progress. This is especially the case with Klonoa Door to Phantomile, created by Namco and released in 1997 on the PlayStation 1. A title with the particularity of not offering an open three-dimensional setting (like Super Mario 64 for example) but in stay on a 2D plan but plays to a profound effect. So the hero of Klonoa, thanks to a ring, can capture enemies and swing them in the foreground as well as in the background of the scene. Enough to offer interesting puzzles and bosses, which were also noticed by the JV press at the time. But sadly aswriting Gamekult, the title will meet “more critical than commercial success”. Klonoa had a remake in 2008.
Even if we don’t know the exact number of Policenauts sold, we can tell you that it has never achieved worldwide success because it has never been released in Europe! It has to be said that this is a spiritual sequel to Snatcher-another first-person still-image adventure title that also doesn’t tour Earth. But Policenauts remains an interesting software approach, because it was directed by the great Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear, Death Stranding). Here, we follow the adventures of Jonathan Ingram, a former member of a unit responsible for the security of a new space colony. But an accident caused it to sink into space. “Twenty-five years later, Jonathan is found asleep in his cryogenics module. Now becoming a detective at Home (…) a series of events will push him back to Beyond (the colony that must be his defense, editor’s note) to face a world that would have evolved without him ”we wrote, in January 2015.
- Release date: 1994 (Japan)
Blood Omen Legacy of Food
You probably know Soul Reaver Legacy of Kain, an action-adventure game that has left its mark on PS1 gamers and is a great commercial success. Before, little is known, there was Blood Omen Legacy of Kain – so put in the same universe as this Soul Reaver. The sale of this game is debated. A source mentions 320,000 units while developers expect 2 million (as another source mentions 250,000) “This game has it all” wrote The Gamer still. “It’s hard but not too much. It has great graphics, sound, and gameplay. Most of all, it’s fun. ” A “hidden gem” still to be discovered today. Here, you control Cain, a young nobleman who is offered the choice of taking revenge on a Necromancer, after being killed by bandits. Man is then a ghost whose fate is mixed with the fate of the world. Great program!
We talked earlier about a technical demo and a platform game: our next candidate is an abbreviated version of both! In 1995, Jumping Flash offered the player the role of a robot -rabbit capable of making huge jumps – to crush enemies in the process – even launching carrot -shaped missiles. The action takes place in first person in a full 3D setting! In the 1990s, it was unheard of at the time, because it was the first true three-dimensional platformer video game (Super Mario 64 came later and was many times more successful). If you’re a fan of the genre, then don’t forget the genre. According to The Gamer media, Jumping Flash would have only sold 50,000 copies in North America. Here is an unreasonably recognized pioneer.
We end up with another – and last – platform game, unfairly forgotten and condemned for the mistake of a small commercial success, Tombi. In this colorful platform game, you play as a hero with colored hair and a great appetite. Its particularity comes from a few points: first its little scenery, filled with laughter, where pigs come to spoil as this beloved Tombi passes through quiet days (there’s a really tempting second characters); and let’s not forget the game based on the entire search system, not common for games of the genre ! Thus there are weapons, clothes to be found in addition to new skills and powers. There is even a full depth game within the levels, which gives Tombi the ability to jump between planes. In short, it deserves it!