Ninety-Nine Nights

Ninety-Nine Nights Features for Xbox 360

On: Xbox 360
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There's nothing better than a good console exclusive, the kind which makes other console owners bitter and jealous. Xbox 360 owners would do almost anything to get Metal Gear Solid 4 on their console, and conversely PlayStation 3 owners would most likely faint if Halo was ever announced for their system. But things aren't always rosy in the land of console exclusives. From time to time they land with a thud instead of a bang, failing to crawl out from under the hype that's been crushing them for months. These are VideoGamer.com's Top 10: most disappointing console exclusives.

10. Ninety-Nine Nights

This Xbox 360 exclusive had the involvement of Q Entertainment and Phantagram Software, and looked to be one of the first great Japanese-developed Xbox 360 titles. Rez creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi even worked as a designer on the game. Japanese video game magazine Famitsu scored the game 37/40 and things looked good. How Xbox 360 owners cried when the game we got turned out to be just a slightly better looking Dynasty Warriors. Ninety-Nine Nights sums up the state of Japanese-developed Xbox 360 games pretty well.

9. Brute Force

After Halo Xbox owners wanted the next big thing and standards were at an all-time high. Brute Force from the highly respected Digital Anvil and Microsoft Game Studios appeared to be the game to fill the gap until Halo 2. The game featured controls almost identical to those in Halo, but on its release in mid-2003 it was met with merely solid reviews. The original vision for the game pitched it as a tactical squad-based shooter, where characters would have to work together to complete objectives. The final game didn't feature anywhere near enough essential co-op play, resulting in what felt like just another shooter.

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I think this guy loved the old starfox games too much to accept adventures. It was too different for him. I personally thought Adventure was a lot deeper because fox wasn't in the cockpit as much.
Posted 04:11 on 19 June 2008
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KILLZONE RULES

i believe killzone was a terrific game on the ps2. my favourite by FAR
Posted 14:58 on 31 May 2008
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Gurtan

What Killzone hype? Does it make it hype to report about reports that are reporting it to be a "Halo Beater"? I don't recall anyone from within the Killzone development team saying it'll beat Halo - just reports of reports blown out of proportion from sloppy journalists unfairly comparing the two games. Killzone was more like a futuristic Call of Duty than it ever was a Halo rip-off. They're like chalk and cheese but were played off against each other.

As it happens Killzone is a good game, but where it really suffers is the poor frame-rate and that signals to me that it was either unoptimised, or the PS2 just couldn't handle the slick frame rate requirement for, in actual fact, a pretty decent looking game considering the console it was on.

It doesn't deserve the No. 1 spot though, that's too harsh.
Posted 15:43 on 30 May 2008
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Why does it always turn into a fanboy discussion. I think that the list is like this because these games were the moste HYPED and they didnt live up to the promises. ITs a fair line - up. SURE they may be more games that flopped but its only a top ten opinion. I think sony fanboys are just crying becasue its a game from their console thats number 1
Posted 11:31 on 30 May 2008
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Stubacca

Lair wasn't that bad actually! There are now options for analogue stick controls now. I hated how I listened to all the negative reviews and so resisted buying it for months!

And where is Halo 3? Fun online with mates, but lacking merit in advancement or originality!
Posted 03:50 on 30 May 2008
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Killzone as the most dissapointing game ever? BS, it wasn't a great game but it was certainly a decent game. This is really biased.
Posted 03:23 on 30 May 2008
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Lol Ok I For one loved killzone i thought lair was kinda complex but it wasnt bad so yea F U
Posted 02:53 on 30 May 2008
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admeister

No way should Starfox Adventures be on that list, it's one of my favourite Gamecube games! This list is a bit dodgy imo.
Posted 02:32 on 30 May 2008
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Haze on the list and the launch center on the top right. classic.

I guess you guys didn't get enough cash from Ubisoft for the ad campaign.

Amusing.
Posted 02:22 on 30 May 2008
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A little anti-sony I see....I saw one missing title that stunned me.
BLUE DRAGON.
What was supposed to usher in the 360 rpg era, as well as the revitlization of console sales in japan, this game TANKED.
The gameplay was dull, the characters bland, and the adventure cut and paste jrpg of many years. Considering the father of Final Fantasy was at the helm, this stunned nearly ANY JRPG enthusiast.
But of course, lets put as many sony titles in as possible, espically haze, which has only been out a month or so, has solid sales, AND from acutally gamers has been reviewed as solid. There wasnt any massive hype in terms of being a flagship franchise or massive killer app from the gamers end.
Posted 02:04 on 30 May 2008
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What the fudge/. Why is starfox on there, are you a clown? It's one of the best games the GC had to offer, it was absolutely superb. You blatantly never played it properly or didn't have the smarts to complete it >_>
Posted 22:54 on 29 May 2008
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Star Fox adventures was an awesome game! Shouldn't be on that list.
I agree with Wido.
Posted 21:02 on 29 May 2008
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Wido

Star-fox Adventures!!! That was a classic totally disagree with that one, Killzone wasn't to bad I like it but hoping Killzone 2 will be better. Blinx was very mediocre, perfect dark zero i cannot comment on as I haven't played that one. I have played the first one on the N64, and that was brillant to play.
Posted 20:30 on 29 May 2008
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RecoN

I dont agree wit Haze being on list, its not been released long enough so thats a mistake. Killzone wasnt a bad game at all really, killzone 2 will possibily be as good as MGS4 due to the amount of time and effort they have put in.

Gundam for ps3 was utter sh*te though. What a waste of a launch title!!
Posted 20:19 on 29 May 2008
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Oh so you played it? If not shut the hell up.
Posted 20:15 on 29 May 2008

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Release Date: 25/08/2006
Developer: Q Entertainment
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 12+
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