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The 20 best games that never were

These titles would have been legendary

For every game that becomes a must-have title, there are hundreds that never see the light of day. From obscure titles to black sheep in well-established franchises, we've rounded up the 20 most famous games that were never made publicly available.

When it comes to the cinema, for every movie that's released and goes on to be a box-office smash, there's a film that gets canned after shooting, or fails to secure a distributor so never makes it to audiences across the world, despite its potential.

Sadly the same is true for games. From obscure titles to black sheep in well-established franchises some games just never see the light of day. We've rounded up the 20 most famous games that were never made publicly available.

20. Primal Rage 2 (Arcade)

This prehistoric fighter was set to feature a new system which would allow the player to switch between a character's human form and their prehistoric form. Although this game had quite a lot of hype behind it, Atari cancelled it when Primal Rage's popularity began to die down.

Although never released, test builds can still be found on some emulation sites.

19. Star Fox 2 (SNES)

Star Fox 2 was meant to introduce real-time strategy elements and new characters like Star Wolf.

One of the most disappointing game cancellations, Star Fox 2 aimed to one-up the first release in many ways, and was completely finished before it was canned.

Some of the gameplay features translated to Star Fox 64, but many a gamer is left wondering what could have been.

Games reviews

  1. These titles would have been legendary
  2. Aeon Flux and Sonic Crackers
  3. Tattoo Assassins and Tyrannosaurus Tex
  4. Super Mario's Wacky Worlds and Air NiGHTS
  5. Leisure Suit Larry 8: Lust in Space and Ultima X: Odyssey
  6. The Shadow and Dirty Harry
  7. Earthworm Jim and Sonic X-treme
  8. Project H.A.M.M.E.R and Engalus
  9. Project Halo DS and Thrill Kill
  10. Resident Evil 1.5 and Duke Nukem Forever


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