10 Expensive Games That Strangely Flopped


Although many games go on to perform badly commercially because of the fact they are simply not very good, others fail despite the fact that they are showered with praise. Okami was one such title, winning a variety of awards, including game of the year from a variety of publications. This didn’t help it sell at retail though, with just 600,000 copies of the game being sold worldwide. Developer Clover Studio closed shortly afterwards.


The work of noted developer Factor 5, who had been responsible for some of the best looking titles and highly accomplished games of the previous years, Lair went on to be both a critical and commercial failure. Reviews lambasted the poor controls, glitches and technical limitations and this meant that customers were unwilling to pick it up. It meant disaster for the studio, which closed just two years later due to financial problems.