Afro Samurai 2 Pulled Because It Sucked Too Much
Bad games often pop up when you least expect them. I’m not just talking about some people’s definition of a “bad” game which is often just a game with some flaws and a gameplay style that they don’t agree with. Rather I’m talking about the repugnant disasters that are unanimously hated.
These games have no redeemable value, no cultural importance and no reason to exist. Afro Samurai 2 was one of those games. The game was absolutely destroyed by critics, having a Metacritic score of 21 with reviews slagging it off left and right.
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Usually when such a piece of hot garbage gets released, it just stays there reminding everyone of what not to do when developing games. However, Afro Samurai 2 did something a bit more merciful. They completely removed the game from all marketplaces and refunded the poor souls that bought it.
Let’s be clear, the game was removed simply because it was so terrible. The General Manager for Versus Evil, the developers, Steve Escalante had this to say:
The game was a failure. We could not do, in good conscience, volume 2 and volume 3. So we’ve begun the process, it’s been a long process to figure it out because Sony has never really had to do this in this way, but we’re returning all the money. So across the board we’re putting out an apology saying ‘sorry about this.’
The volume 2 and 3 he mentions were the planned follow ups, but they’ve messed it up so badly they decided to pull everything and cancel the game all together. They’re working with Sony to refund anyone that bought it and as Escalante mentions, Sony doesn’t really have a solid refund policy so they have to work around that.
Well then. I wish all terrible games can get this same treatment. I wish Ride to Hell was wiped out of existence in the same fashion, but we can only be so lucky.