Video games are everywhere today. We all have at least one of them on our computers (yours truly is playing through Tropico 4 for the third time, with extra missions and all), we play Kiwi pokies for Android on our phones, along with a million others, and we have consoles, desktop, and portable, made with nothing but gaming in mind. Back in 2014, an internet user tried to count all the video games released between Tennis for Two in the 1950 and to this day but lost count at around 50,000. With all these games available today, we can’t help but feel sorry for the games we never had the chance to play – like the ones below.
Back in the mid-2000s, SEGA commissioned the development of two video games in the Aliens universe. One of them, Aliens vs. Predator, was developed by Rebellion (known for the Sniper Elite series) and released in 2010. The other was to be called “Alien: Crucible”, and was built by Obsidian Entertainment, known for games like Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. As you might expect, their Alien game was never released.
Aliens: Crucible would’ve been a third-person team-based RPG taking place on the Xenomorph-infested planet Caldera. The player could’ve controlled a team of survivors, each one with their own abilities that would’ve been necessary at various points in the game. The survivors could’ve been attacked by Facehuggers and infested – the player could’ve put them in cryosleep and only wake them when their abilities were needed, let them “pop” or mercy kill them at any point in the game. The game would’ve had a unique atmosphere that would’ve set it apart from the rest of the similar games at the time.
SEGA suspended the development of the game in 2009.
Gotham in Gaslight
Gotham in Gaslight was a DC Comics one-shot putting Bruce Wayne / Batman in Victorian England and pitting him against the best-known serial killer in history, Jack the Ripper. Day 1 Studios (currently known as Wargaming West Corporation, responsible for games like F.E.A.R. and F.E.A.R. 3) wanted to turn the comic book into a third-person action video game – and judging by the leaked test footage discovered in 2012, it would’ve looked incredible. Unfortunately, THQ (the publisher) failed to secure the rights for the property, so the game was silently canceled.
Silent Hills (PS4)
The Silent Hill series stands out with its gloomy atmosphere and horrifying antagonists. The series has several entries released between 1999 and 2012 but we can’t help but feel sorry for the one that was never released: an entry called “Silent Hills”. Especially because the game was set to be directed by legendary video game designer Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid) and Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, with a protagonist portrayed by Norman Reedus, best known for his role in the hit TV series “The Walking Dead”, and with the collaboration of horror manga artist Junji Ito and game designer Cliff Bleszinski (Unreal, Gears of War).
Unfortunately, the game was silently (sic!) canceled in 2015 after showing fans nothing but a short playable demo (and that was also pulled from the PlayStation Store).