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5 video game copycats that failed terribly

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Unfortunately, we live in a world where originality is scarce and sometimes it is easier to jump on someone else's success to try and make a quick buck. Video games are just as rifled with copycats that often if you enjoy a game you simply Google it and the results will show you a handful of titles that are almost identical. While this is the case, these video games proved that even if you copy an idea, that does not mean you will copy the success of it too. 

Disney Infinity 

We have just left a very strange phase in the video game industry where toys-to-life was a massive hit. Activision first released the Skylanders series which saw gamers buy small toys to place on a portal which brought them into the game world with special powers. It was a hit spawning over five sequels with dozens of characters and even vehicles to collect.

Disney Infinity

Disney smelt the success and attempted to do the same thing creating Disney Infinity. A game where you buy Disney characters and bring them to life in the game world. Unlike Skylanders, however, Disney Infinity has very little content included in the main game and locked players out of the experience unless they purchased expansion pack characters known as Playsets. Three years in and the game slowly picked up, adding a level creator and much more but it was too late. The expensive hobby and the lack of content forced players to abandon the game like Mufasa abandoned Simba. Disney even shut down Avalanche Software after the game was cancelled in 2016.

PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale

The Smash Bros series is one of the best fighting games in the world and Nintendo works hard to make sure the quality and content are up to standard with each release. The upcoming release for the Nintendo Switch will have over 120 original tunes and over 65 playable, unique characters. The games also do very well spawning esports tournaments around the world as well as millions of dollars in revenue for Nintendo. 

PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale

Of course, every gamer's dream is to have their favourite console's mascots as playable characters in a massive mash-up fighting game and Sony's blatant rip-off, PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale was just that. The game's concept was great. Take Sony's biggest games and make a fighting game with the characters. The results were mediocre as the game lacked any sort of replay value other than levelling up ranks with each character. No story mode, overpowered characters and an overall lacklustre fighting system. The failure comes as no surprise that Sony has not worked on a sequel to date. 

Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta

The massive success of the Uncharted series has led Naughty Dog to be one of the most successful studios in the world. The series was going strong since the PS3 days where we met Nathan Drake and his gang in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. However, back in 2011 Naughty Dog took a break from the series to develop Uncharted 4. This development time took a while which meant there was a gap in the market to release a knockoff and Semaphore did just that. 

Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta

Titled "Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta", the game was everything Uncharted was but with everything missing. The game released in 2013 at the start of the current generation of hardware and it looked like it was on PS2. Everything about it was almost an exact clone of the Uncharted series with the main character even bearing a very similar look. It was a disaster of a game that is sitting on an 11% on Metacritic. 

Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion

While this is not the first game to copy the success of Super Smash Bros, it is one of the worst games to attempt doing it. Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion has a crazy name but don't let that fool you, it was a half-arsed attempt to bring the best Cartoon Network characters to life in a fighting game. The roster was probably the best thing about the game featuring the likes of the Powerpuff Girls, Jonny Bravo and even Samurai Jack but the great roster was the only thing about this game that was decent. 

Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion

Of the roster, many characters were extremely over-powered making them the only ones to choose. To make it worse, the developers even copied some of the Smash Bro counterparts on a one-to-one scale when it came to abilities and attacks. The levels were designed poorly even if they did pay tribute to some great Cartoon Network shows. It was just a poorly designed game trying to make a quick buck off the Smash and Cartoon Network series. 

The Simpsons: Road Rage

Do you remember the awesome SEGA game called Crazy Taxi? I am sure everyone has played it at least once in the Arcade or at home. The game saw you drive people around town like a crazy person avoiding traffic and trying not to kill any pedestrians. It was a hit back in the 2000s and while that was the case, the Simpsons thought that while they are copying jokes and pop-culture references in their shows, they would do the same thing in a video game.

The Simpsons: Road Rage

The Simpsons: Road Rage took everyone's favourite yellow jaundice people and put them behind a wheel in what looked like a reskinned version of Crazy Taxi. The worst thing about the game is that EA was in charge which is no doubt why the game failed and was a complete copy-and-paste off SEGA's Crazy Taxi. Everything about the game was the same from the objectives to the way the game pointed you at your goal. It was so bad that EA was actually sued by SEGA for copyright infringement. SEGA owned the patent to the giant arrow system seen above your car in Crazy Taxi and EA copied it. It was a clone that ended in EA paying a lot of money for. 

Do you remember any other blatant copycats? Let us know in the comments below. 

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