10 cult games nobody bought when released

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.

Spec Ops: The Line

Starcraft Remastered PC review

Do you know that feeling when your mind unconsciously diverts to a blissful memory? That nostalgia still lives with anyone who bought the original StarCraft, now almost two decades ago. Blizzard offers a remedy with StarCraft Remastered. Will this game honour your memories, or leave you dissapointed and frustrated by ruining it with this new version?

Starcraft Remastered

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice PS4 review

It's been a while we heard of Ninja Theory and Hellblade - the game we saw revealed during Sony's press conference on the Gamescom in 2014. Of course we knew after Heavenly Sword, the amazing Enslaved and the Devil May Cry reboot DmC already that the boys and girls of Ninja Theory know how to create games that are fun and innovative, but with Hellblade, the studio goes a little further. The game looks like a slash meets puzzle adventure, but the real essence of this experience is psychosis. This game is so heavy on your mind that I eventually had to force myself to play many short sessions. It's a game that hits you in the face, with a story that intrigues and a character who fully manages to suck you into her experience.

hellblade

Agents of Mayhem PS4 review

Not everyone appreciated the course change of Saints Row. The series changed from a rather serious, tough gangster game into an over the top parody of itself. Good news for whoever loves that new style: Agents of Mayhem adds a little bit more overkill.

Agents of Mayhem is a spin-off of the Saints Row series and is about a (not so) secret agency that protects the world from all the evil that lurks around the corner. That evil is, in this case, the diabolical organization with the not so original name Legion, who wants to invade the South Korean capital Seoul. It's up to the Agents of Mayhem to stop them. The fact that the agents also cause considerable damage, chaos and victims is a little sidenote.

Agents of Mayhem

Follow the Chianti wine route trough Tuscany

In this article we follow the Chianti Wine Route or Chiantigiana (SR 222) throughout one of Italy's most beautiful and charming regions. The road swings through the Tuscan hills of the Chianti Classico wine region along thousands of hectares of vineyards, all of which produce the Chianti Classico DOCG (the highest classification for Chianti). We leave in Florence and drive along the many picturesque villages to Siena.

chianti wine route

Climbing Alpe d'Huez by bike

The climb to Alpe d'Huez is also called the Dutch mountain because of the number of Dutch stage victors in the Tour de France. This climb is famous and infamous. The Alp has been the scene of different tour stage finals. The climb is heavy, ascending ten kilometers with an average of 8,4%. But as it is often with infamous climbs, it's not as bad as many cyclists will make you believe. While ascending to alpe d'Huez it's possible to find a nice rhythm.

The campsite of la Cascade in the valley is seen by many as the start of the climb. Five hundred meters (0,3mi) after this popular campsite, the fireworks begins. The first three kilometers (2mi) are the heaviest of the whole climb. With percentages well over 10 percent you have to make sure you don't burn yourself completely. After this popping start it gets better, or let's say a little less steep.

Alpe d'Huez
Climbing Alpe d'Huez

Climbing Col du Galibier by bike

With over 1900 altimeters (6270ft) this monster climb is of the highest and also longest (31km or 19mi) cols in France. Like many cols, the Galibier can be climbed from both sides. But actually there's only one Galibier and that's the side from the Maurienne Valley, via the north side. In this route, you first have to defeat the Col du Télégraphe before continuing to the top of Galibier.

The Galibier is located on the border between northern Savoy and Southern Hautes Alpes (regions in France). Even the views are different on each side. On the Valloire side in Savoie there is a lot of greenery, with many pine trees and it is often cool and wet. The southern side is warmer, the grass is often dry and are larchs are filling the forests. The view from the top towards Oisans is stunningly beautiful. But also towards the north the view is never to forget with the giant Mont Blanc in the background.

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Col du Galibier

La Marmotte Granfondo cycling tour

La Marmotte is seen internationally by many cyclists as the tour of tours. With about 5000 altimeters (16500 ft), this event is a big challenge and the sprawling climbs give the Marmotte a hero status. The route sequentially climbs the Glandon, Télégraphe, Galibier and ends at the summit of the infamous Alpe d'Huez. Due to its enormous popularity, enrolling on time is really a must as it is fully booked every year.

Marmotte height profile
La Marmotte height profile

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