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THESE GAMES DON’T DESERVE TO BE IGNORED

EDITORIAL
By JAY TEE
20/08/18

You can point to any number of factors that explain why a critical winner ends up with soft sales and relegation to the bargain bin. Release timing can have a huge impact, especially when you look at recent entries in the Titanfall and Dishonored franchises. Both were launched into a sea of big hitters, and are now left with an uncertain future. Other times it can be over saturation of a particular genre, where something perfectly good like Realm Royale sheds more than 90% of its player base in light of the rampant success of Fortnite, PUBG, and H1Z1.

There’s also an argument to be made that poor advertising and / or a lack of proper social media engagement can have negative consequences on long term engagement and commercial dominance. Whatever the reason[s], there are several titles from the last few years that I feel deserve a shot at redemption, and another chance to be appreciated by a broader audience. These are personal to my own gaming experiences, so I’m sure I’ve missed a few that are equally as deserving.

Laser League - This is one of the most balanced, addicting titles I’ve played in forever. Roll7’s top down arena game was the complete package, but it wasn’t long after launch that the servers dried up. It’s fantastic fun, even against A.I, and one that deserves ongoing player support.

Mafia 3 - I think the general perception of critical indifference hurt this one in a big way. Mafia 3 has an engrossing, well acted story, and although not every gameplay mechanic hits the spot, there’s a lot here to like.

BlazeRush - As a local multiplayer title, this has been the highlight of countless gatherings over the past couple of years. A perfect warm up game, and regularly the maker and breaker of friendships. It’s simple, super cheap, and deserves way more attention.

We discuss this further with our four man panel in Season 2, Episode 3 of ‘The JTGA Podcast’. We’ve embedded the video below.

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