In today's game industry, marketing has become incredibly important. Frequently hallucinous amounts are spent to promote the visibility of a game. This leads also to smaller games who are often invisible the general public. But the lack of a marketing machine does not mean that a game is bad. That is why we have compiled this list of excellent games that unfortunately did not get the attention they deserve.
Spec Ops: The Line
At first sight, Spec Ops: The Line (2012) appears to be a typical third-person cover shooter. But this war drama of the German Yager studio has much more to offer. The marketing team forgot to focus on the strong story, leaving many gamers to wait for another shooter.
A dark look at war, heavy moral choices together with countless references to the literary classic Heart of Darkness form the intriguing core of the story. Combine this with a non-linear scenario and a great soundtrack (including Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and Mogwai) and you've got a game where critics are very positive about but not appealing to the big crowd.
The game looks like a shooter as there are already thirteen in the dozen. In addition, no known brand name is attached to it. The only way in which Spec Ops: The Line was mentioned in mainstream media is because it was accused of "excessive violence". As a result, the game was banned from many regions in the world. The combination of all these factors caused disappointing sales figures.
Number of copies sold: 1.14 million.