Five Games: Delisted Digital Titles

Posted in Kulturecade by - February 05, 2018
Five Games: Delisted Digital Titles

It’s been more than a decade since console gamers were introduced to their first true digital-only titles and while many of those early offerings were available both at retail or via compilation discs, there are others that haven’t been so lucky. While the years have gone on and we’ve seen the introduction of companies like Limited Run Games and Fangamer come along to help with the preservation of some of these digital titles, we still see the occasional game fall through the cracks and disappear from the various digital storefronts. So, with the spirit of video game preservation in mind, let’s look at some of the games that have disappeared from their respective storefronts in hopes of someday being able to enjoy them once again.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

A movie tie-in is likely not the type of game you’d expect to see on a list like this, especially since they have largely become largely relegated to mobile platforms. Movie tie-ins are mostly shovelware titles that were released around the same time as a film in an attempt to make a buck of off the unsuspecting masses. Scott Pilgrim was, of course, an exception to this rule offering an experience reminiscent of classic brawlers like Streets of Rage or Final Fight, while also packing in as many references to nerd culture as possible, just like it’s source material.

Despite being fairly well received, the game would be delisted from other the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in 2014, just over four years after its release. Sadly, due to this game being a tie-in to a movie, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see it reissued again, and since it never saw any sort of physical or compilation release during the four years it was available, there is currently no legal way to obtain the game unless you had previously purchased it on either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

Rock Band Blitz

This is one that I’m definitely sad to see gone. Rock Band Blitz originally released in August 2012 and borrowed its gameplay style from previous Harmonix titles Frequency and Amplitude. This was by far my favorite titles of those I’m talking about today and I’ve spent hundreds of hours with Rock Band Blitz, so seeing it delisted last year was a huge disappointment.

I understand that games like Rock Band have a limited shelf life when it comes to the digital store, due to the music rights involved, but it’s a disappointment because I feel that the title being delisted could affect its chances for someday receiving backward compatibility on the Xbox 360. After all, since they no longer have the ability to sell the game to due an issue with the music rights involved, what motivation does Harmonix have to make the title work on the Xbox One if they can’t make any additional money off of it, right? It’s unfortunate that Harmonix didn’t offer a barebones version of the game in a similar way to what they did with Rock Band Unplugged on the PSP because Blitz is a fantastic title and doesn’t deserve to be lost forever.

The Legend of Korra

This is the most recent addition to this list and, while you can argue that it’s up to the quality of the other titles I’ve mentioned, it’s still noteworthy as a title that offers a higher quality than its predecessors, which were based on the original Last Airbender series. That bar wasn’t very high, of course, especially when the second Last Airbender game, The Burning Earth, is best known on the Xbox 360 for being an easy 1,000 gamerscore.

The Legend of Korra takes place between the first and second seasons of the series and, as you’d expect, is a mediocre action game at best. The game suffers the issue that befalls a lot of licensed action games and that is, despite the interesting source material, the game itself is incredibly repetitive and will wear on your nerves quickly. Even with Legend of Korra being a below average game, that doesn’t mean that the game should be erased from history. The game should still be available for purchase for fans of the franchise, regardless of the quality of the title.

TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled

This one is a bit controversial because, as Marc pointed out to me during prep, you can still technically get Turtles in Time if you’re willing to shell out the money for the SNES original or even the arcade cabinet. However, I argue that since this game is different enough from the original that it is worth preserving, even if the game pales in comparison to the Konami original.

That aside, I don’t think I have to say much about Turtles in Time. It’s considered to be one of the best games to ever be made using the TMNT license and is considered to be one of the best brawlers of its era. The game was made available on PSN and Xbox Live Arcade in August 2009 and was delisted less than two years later in June 2011.

Yaris

Of course, we can’t make this list complete without offering one truly terrible game that despite how laughably terrible it is, still deserves to be preserved for the future, even if it’s existence is only as a lesson in how not to make a game, because if any game deserves that reputation, it’s Yaris. If you’ve never had the, um, “privilege” to play Yaris then you should try to play it just to experience the game once.

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He is a senior editor at Kulture Shocked. A seasoned gamer, Zach has been playing video games since the early 90s and have owned everything from the NES to the Xbox One. Aside from video games, Zach is a nerd of all trades and dabbles in everything from collectible card games to Gunpla.

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