Like any entertainment medium, the world of video games is all about marketing, and how a game is presented to us before it’s released.

Plenty of games thankfully look awesome and the final release goes onto justify this, but in many cases, we can be perusing the games in our local store and be drawn in by a flashy, sexy, or downright awesome video game cover, and it’ll dupe us into actually throwing down some coins to play it. All’s fine and dandy until we pop the disc in our console of choice and we quickly realise that…the game sucks. It really sucks.

We’ve all been there, and it’s not a nice feeling. Among the usual sentiments of anger is the thought that perhaps the developers should have spent as much money making the thing as they devoted to hiring brilliant artists to design all the cover art. These 10 games looked super-cool, with nothing left over for the actual game itself.

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This article was first posted on January 26, 2014