Festive Feature #3 - Top Five Most Shameless Cash-ins of 2012
Festive Feature #3 - Top Five Most Shameless Cash-ins of 2012
Written Wednesday, December 19, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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The video game industry is no stranger to shameless cash-ins. Year after year, businessmen with little or no idea about games throw the smallest amount of money and time possible at developers, hoping to score a few sales with titles based on successful movies, TV shows, books and more.

This year is no exception. Gathered below are the cheapest, nastiest, most desperate grabs for your hard-earned cash, a selection of tawdry of games that feed off far superior subject material without honoring anything that made the source interesting or fun in the first place.

But which one will be our winner? Which of these games is the Most Shameless Cash-in of 2012? Read on to find out.

The Expendables 2 movie plays off the notion that getting a bunch of past and present action stars together might be a laugh. It’s entertaining trash, enjoying box office receipts in line with its expectations. The Expendables 2 game, meanwhile, is about as much fun as getting kicked in the nuts by Jason Statham.

Let’s be honest, Sly Stallone and Dolf Lungren’s faces weren’t the prettiest things in the world to start with, but their in-game representations here are even more horrific. This is an ugly game that can’t even get the basics right; a twin stick co-op shooter that can manage neither moving nor shooting.

We’re not sure anyone actually bought this game at all, but if they did you can be sure that it was only because they enjoyed the movie. The worst kind of tie-in pap, The Expendables 2 shouldn’t even exist. A thoroughly grubby cash-in.

“Strap on some strong underwear and wade into crap-filled waters with me. Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games almost makes me wish there was another ice age in which to bury every copy of this game.”

That’s how our review of the latest Ice Age game started and we’ll be honest with you, it didn’t get any better from there on in. Rated an ‘unplayable’ 25, it was our lowest scored game of the year. “An insult to the film series,” Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games “doesn’t deliver on any level.”

Imagine the amount of poor little kids that came home with the game, eagerly anticipating exciting adventures with their favourite movie characters, only to unwrap this steaming turd. Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games should be reported for child abuse.

James Bond games should be great. The movies have a brilliant protagonist, fantastically outlandish bad guys, fast cars, action and exotic settings. Yet in a post-Goldeneye world they often fall short and 007 Legends is no exception.

What makes 007 Legends even more of a shameless cash-in, however, is the way it was marketed. Launched to tie-in with the release of Skyfall, and with missions drawing on such classic movies as Goldfinger, Moonraker and Die Another Day, 007 Legends was a painfully obvious grab at the return of Bond-mania.

Hell, they even stuck a trailer for the game at the end of a Skyfall promo, just to ram the message home.

So bad that it even led to the death of Eurcom, a British studio with over 20 years of experience in the industry, 007 Legends is an embarrassment to video games. We’d rather die in a tank full of sharks than play this nonsense again.

Capcom lost the plot with Resident Evil this year. But while the disappointing Resident Evil 6 was an understandable failure - the Japanese outfit at least tried to make a great addition to the core series - Operation Raccoon City is far less forgivable.

What makes the game such an awful cash-in is not that it’s bad (and it is bad, we gave it a 58 and advised that you avoid it like the T-Virus), but more that it ignores pretty much everything about Resident Evil that we liked in the first place. It’s not a Resident Evil game, it’s just an utterly uninspiring generic shooter.

Yet by slapping those two magic words at the start of the title, Capcom ensured itself success, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide. But while gamers payed for a Resident Evil title in stores, they came home with a dull third person shooter and the nagging feeling that they’d just wasted their money.

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is completely and utterly rubbish. A lazy, unfunny, repetitive and unimaginative mess of a third-person shooter, it’s bad enough that our sister-site's review of the game called it an “atrocity.” 

Yet while it comes close, Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse isn’t the worst game of the year. It’s not even the worst game of the year that ties in with a big name franchise. So why is it our Most Shameless Cash-in of 2012? We’ll tell you.

While tosh like Ice Age: Continental Drift is made for young kids, who are supposedly less discerning in their video game tastes, Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is for grown ups. With its “adult” humour and mature audience, it’s a game clearly aimed at over 18s. 

Trading off the good name of the hilarious TV series, the fact that we’re supposed to slurp up this crap is an insult. Paying actual money for Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is like being mugged by a friend. Congrats Activision, you just won an award.


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Comment #1 by luffybuggy
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 11:58:28 AM
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Nice list I agree with you guys. I played expendables 2 because i thought it would be decent enough to buy for the money back offer psn was giving, but it was horrendous. I recently bought 007 legends because I took part in gamestop's buy 2 get 1 free and I needed a 3rd game. Its garbage. Operation raccoon city to me wasnt too bad. For me, the multiplayer was the saving grace. It was crazy and a bit unpredictable in terms of what was coming during the fighting. The real problem came when a patch came that was supposed to fix the online, ended up ruining it. Now people are basically unkillable due to that BS update. I was going to rent family guy for $1 on redbox but now Im not even sure. lmao.

Nice article guys. I got some good laughs and I definitely agree with you.

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Comment #2 by Vuule
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 12:35:37 PM
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Haven't bought or played any of these (there's a reason for that :p) and just looking at the gameplay and whatnot tells me not to buy and/or play it.

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Comment #3 by vikebone
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 04:56:52 PM
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007 Legends might also win the most disappointing game; being a big Bond fan I was really hoping that it would at least be decent. As you pointed out, the concept was fantastic; too bad the execution was terrible.

Great list and explanation of the lowlights of the year.

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Comment #4 by JuggernautClone
Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 12:02:04 AM
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I find it funny that they say to read on to find out whatever number 1 is when it's the game off to the right of the article.

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Comment #5 by dante_kinkade
Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 02:53:08 AM
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A lazy, unfunny, repetitive and unimaginative mess? I thought that was what the cartoon show is like over all I guess the game just makes it even worse then.

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Comment #6 by LeiFangHelenaFan
Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 10:29:43 PM
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You know what game should've been on this list as well. Soul Calibur V. That game alone ruined the Soul series as a whole by butchering the characters and storyline that made the previous games great. Not only that, the game itself is also barebones compared to the previous games in the series. The game was so bad that I threw it away in the trash where it belongs and pretended that the game didn't exist in the first place. Thankfully, I have Soul Calibur IV to ease the pain away since that was made by the original Project Soul team before their disbandment.^_^

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Comment #7 by Sioraf as Na Cillini
Friday, December 21, 2012 @ 05:21:59 PM
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Family Guy isn't funny and how is 58 a bad score? If 50 is half of 100 then surely 58 is a slightly good score?

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Comment #8 by mattybell2117
Friday, December 21, 2012 @ 09:37:42 PM
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@7, clearly you don't understand how reviews work nowadays. Anything under 7 is complete shit, 7-8 is crap, 8-9 is alright, and 9-10 is actually good.

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Comment #9 by matt16020
Saturday, December 22, 2012 @ 01:21:36 AM
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007 Legends is absolutely brilliant!!!

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Comment #10 by Riggy
Saturday, December 22, 2012 @ 12:48:20 PM
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I found Raccoon City tolerable enough to finish twice, in single player and co-op. The online would have been alright if it wasn't so laggy.

Other than that, spot on.

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Comment #11 by ccss454
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 07:04:27 PM
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I was interested in 007 but i think ill give it a miss now

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Comment #12 by Ron-A-Palooza
Sunday, December 30, 2012 @ 02:26:10 PM
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lol activision just wanting MONEY... no way. screw them and blizzard. bunch of ass clowns.

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Comment #13 by bowskillz
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 04:34:38 PM
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@12 Lol move along here just another hater!stop posting bullshit about activision!

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Comment #14 by theDane21
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 @ 11:18:58 AM
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Resident Evil 6 is by no means a failure - Racoon City was, but not 6.

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Comment #15 by Leboyo56
Friday, January 11, 2013 @ 10:23:29 PM
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I find it disappointing how bad Back to the Multiverse was, considering it was made by Heavy Iron Studios, who has created many cult-classic licensed games (my favorites being Scooby Doo: Night of 100 Frights and Spongebob: Battle for Bikini Bottom). I hope they don't shut down because of it, especially with THQ's current situation.

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Comment #16 by SourFlow
Monday, January 14, 2013 @ 06:18:07 PM
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Wish the article would have elaborated more on why the games were so bad. But, I guess such imagery as "getting kicked in the nuts by Jason Statham" is good enough.

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Comment #17 by Scarfacew00t
Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 02:11:58 PM
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So glad I never thought of buying these games! :) Except for Resident evil raccoon city.. what a disaster, I had to force myself to finish the campaign and played about 10 minutes online to get it back on the selves and never touch it again.. I still got it lol

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Comment #18 by Zombiekiller66
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 04:31:04 AM
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All of you guys are talking crap. Family Guy is hilarious and I'm a huge Family Guy fan. The comedy is on par with the TV Series and the people who disagree obviously either don't like Family Guy enough or Just bitch for the sake of it. I should also let you know I really liked Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. The game had a great storyline and the gameplay was good. The thing is, Nowadays everybody says every Resident Evil game is crap because it has action in. In my opinion it makes it better. RE: ORC had everything; Nemesis, Mr.X, Low ammo, upgrades, action, horror, zombies. I haven't played 007 legends yet but I want to. The other 2 I do agree with you guys. Seriously, Grow up and stop bitching about good games. P.S. They aren't the greatest games of last year but they are still good in their own right.To be honest, The worst game of last year and number 1 shameless cash in is Men in Black: Alien Crisis. That game was unplayable. Battleship wasn't great either.

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US November 20, 2012
Europe November 23, 2012

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