Six Games That May As Well Be Vaporware

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Every year there are several major gaming shows and events, and the gaming population is always rightfully excited for them. After all these shows are where we hear about exciting new game announcements, or build up hype for something that will see release in the coming weeks or months.

Sometimes, though, it becomes easy to lose track of certain within the avalanche of games every year. If you take a second to stop and think about it, certain games can easily come to mind and make you ask: “What haven’t I heard anything about Game X lately? Was it cancelled? Was the dev team kidnapped and sold off to a Chinese MMO gold-farming team?”

These are the games that you can currently substitute for X.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII

The idea for this article has been swimming in my head for a little while now, but last week’s news that Final Fantasy Versus XIII wouldn’t be shown at next month’s Tokyo Game Show pushed me over the edge.

Above: Someday, probably.

The game is but one part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy lineup, which also includes Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Final Fantasy Type-0. Despite being announced at the same time as FFXIII, Versus manages to keep being pushed into the backburner. FFXIII released 17 months ago and has a sequel coming in about 5 more, with Type-0 releasing in Japan within two months.

Since Square Enix have invested heavily in each of the titles in their latest pretentiously-titled series of Final Fantasy games, you can bet that Versus will eventually make its way onto store shelves. My question is, will we ever see it at a major game show before that happens? Will it pull a Sega Saturn and just show up at retailers unannounced one day? It sure feels that way.


After rattling off one classic game after another, the folks at Rockstar have earned themselves quite a bit of clout. Their influence isn’t just great within the industry — what they do permeates into mainstream popular culture, while gathering the good (and bad) attention that comes with it.

Obviously, this means that each of their games is a huge deal. Whenever they announce a new game, excitement reaches a fever pitch, but lately there’s been a problem with that — the timing for these announcements is always terrible. Red Dead Redemption was first shown in 2005 before finally releasing last year, and L.A. Noire was announced a year before  RDR and released a year later. While both ended up being fine games, did we really need to hear about them so long before they saw the light of day?

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Above: Literally all that anyone’s got.

As for Agent, it was first announced by Sony as a PS3 exclusive in 2007, and we didn’t hear anything else about it until E3 2009 when Sony showed us a logo for the game … and literally nothing else. We’ve heard from Rockstar that the game takes place during the Cold War, but very little else. On top of the fact that we still don’t have any other visual assets besides the logo, we’re not even sure about the game’s exclusivity anymore. Sheesh.

In the meantime, we can always stare wistfully at the game’s official site, like gullible children waiting for their deadbeat dad to come home from the store with his cigarettes.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising

Ah, the tale of Raiden. After a woeful appearance as the surprise main character in Metal Gear Solid 2, MGS4 saw him transform into the greatest cyborg-ninja-killing-machine-that-wasn’t-Gray Fox that the series has ever seen. However, that begged the question: Just how the hell did that happen?

Above: Please tell us how this became a possibility.

The answer came at Microsoft’s 2009 E3 presentation, when they lifted the curtain on MGS: Rising. This takes place between the events of MGS2 and 4, and the core gameplay mechanic revolves around slicing anything and everything with ease. To top it off, the tagline “Lightning Bolt Action” replaces the tried-and-true “Tactical Espionage Action,” and Rising becomes a very intriguing concept indeed.

Yet the game went completely dark for an entire year, until a little bit more was shown at Microsoft’s E3 presser in 2010. This time, we got a new trailer, while also driving home the fact that, yes, you can slice anything and everything. This time, that also included watermelon. Great, I guess?

The game then went dark again, only this time it was absent from E3 altogether. Maybe it has to do with the fact that this is the first time that a new Metal Gear Solid game is being developed simultaneously on multiple platforms, that it’s running on a brand-new engine, that Hideo Kojima is far less involved as he’s been with previous MGS games, or some combination of the three.

Whatever the case, this game has been a long time coming, and very little has been shown. Either the game was revealed way, way too early, or the devs aren’t very confident in what they have so far.

Readers Comments (17)

  1. did i really just get a popup ad from your site? what is 2005 now?

  2. Sorry, but this website is so cluttered with ads that I can’t even read the article.

  3. Mr Baskerville August 15, 2011 @ 17:49

    This article is useless due to the ads covering the entire screen

  4. Sorry about the way ads are loading up. I worked pretty hard on the article, and I’d like people to be able to read it, so hopefully we can get this fixed ASAP.

  5. 2 pm West Coast USA, article unreadable due to ads, further, the huge ad actually covering the article is not blockable by Adblock, so, yeah.

    I wanted to read this and am very interested in the subject matter, but the ads on this site have essentially ruined any possibility of that occurring.

  6. HEY ! I posted my comment and it went away ! Score !

  7. good job! you STILL haven’t fixed the giant ad covering the article that you “worked pretty hard on”. guess you didn’t work hard enough on it. you know, if the only way you can have a ‘news website’ is to have it so full of ads that no one can see your ‘news’, you may want to consider quitting and doing something NOT useless. it’s bad enough that online journalists seem to think that putting up a quote and then asking what everyone thinks about it constitutes an article, not to mention the stupid headlines that have only a tenuous connection to the article, but now I can’t even look at the tripe you’ve come up with because you’re greedy and can’t pay the domain fees without massive, ridiculous amounts of advertisements for things that aren’t even targeted at the audience that would most likely come to the site. good show all around! you’re a winner!

    • Jesus, relax. I only write the words, I don’t have anything to do with the inner working of the website, or the advertisements that are posted. If something doesn’t work, all I can do is tell the admin and hope he comes around quickly enough to fix it in a timely manner.

      It’s not something I normally advocate, but if you ABSOLUTELY MUST, it’s not too difficult to figure out how to view web pages ad-free.

      • it’s already been noted that ad blockers aren’t helping, but thanks for the condescending tone. and sorry, I thought from all the articles that were written under YOUR name you would have some sort of say in what goes on. I guess not. It must suck to be so replaceable. If I were taking time to write articles, I would probably want to make sure that people can see them, but I understand if you don’t have the gumption to do anything about it. That’s probably why you’re stuck writing shitty articles for a random website that rates advertisements over articles with actual content. Best of luck to you, you’re going to need it once you make it to the real world.

        • FWIW, I’m viewing the page perfectly using an adblocker on Google Chrome.

          As for the rest, I don’t own the website. I only contribute words. I don’t know what gives you the impression that this would equate to IT work as well, but if you click my name in any of these articles you’ll see that I’ve been contributing since last March, and this is quite literally the first time there’s ever been a problem with ads rendering content unreadable.

          As for being condescending, I’m not sure why you’re offended by my tone. You commented on my article, trashed me for something I can’t control, and expect me to just take it? That’s not the real world, that’s just you being a dick.

          • WIW = nothing. I’m using Chrome as well and don’t seem to be the only one having a problem.

            as for the rest, I don’t really care whether you have control over it or not, it’s just your misfortune that the first time this comes up is associated with your content. I notice that it’s still not fixed, and since this is the primary page that I have an issue with, I’ve posted my concern here. Again, I’m not the first one to do so.

            as for being a dick: that’s my prerogative. you have a service offered online and I’m dissatisfied with it. as such, I’ve voiced my complaint in the loudest possible voice I could muster, which, in a world where text rules out over sound, is perfectly appropriate. the complaint, however, and being trashed for something you can’t control IS, in fact, the real world. the fact that you’ve never experienced it is proof-positive that you have yet to experience the “real-world”. you’re welcome for your first lesson. how are you going to make it in the writing space if you can’t even handle one, little, complaint without losing your head?

  8. Beyond Good and Evil sucked. Worse game I ever bought. It got what it deserved.

  9. @Max above (reply threads cut off after a while: “I don’t really care whether you have control over it or not” — Then you’re only here to stir up shit. One thing is voicing a concern, but when someone tells you that their hands are tied and you continue berating them then you’re just being a dick for the hell of it.

    “the complaint, however, and being trashed for something you can’t control IS, in fact, the real world. the fact that you’ve never experienced it is proof-positive that you have yet to experience the “real-world”” — Again, no. The only people that do that are pushy chumps that have to compensate for their own shortcomings. In the meantime, I’ll be sure to refund your money while the ads are fixed.

  10. Woo ads are fixed. Good post.

  11. you..regarding to the date you posted this…you miss something….square already told the ffxiii versus already complete due the date you posted alert

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