10 Video Games You Didn't Realise Were VERY Successful

Star Wars: Battlefront II made a profit??

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We all know a product doesn't need to be good to sell. There are an avalanche of crappy movies which have earned over a billion dollars. The Pet Rock toy sold millions despite the fact it's... literally a rock.

But in the gaming world, consumers are a bit more cautious. A new video games can cost £50 and is expected to keep us entertained for at least 20-30 hours. If the game in question is utter dreck, we can't invest our time and money in it, can we? When word got out that Duke Nukem Forever, Fallout 76, and Superman 64 stunk to high heaven, it was no surprise when sales dried up. Even if a dud is an AAA title or is from a recognised brand, we naturally assume it bombed.

But there are exceptions. There is some utter tripe that somehow earned mega-bucks. And we're not talking about a decent profit. We're talking Scrooge McDuck money. These titles are infamous for sucking and yet, customers bought them in droves.

Now, that's not suggesting every game on this list is garbage. In fact, some entries are pretty solid. But since you've heard so little about them, you never suspected they amassed a fortune in the billions.

10. Enter The Matrix

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The Matrix Reloaded had its moments, but it failed to recapture the magic of the original. Although there are plenty who still enjoyed the maligned sequel, the same cannot be said about the video game, Enter the Matrix, which was released at the same time.

This abominable movie tie-in was so rushed and unfinished, it couldn't win over the most die-hard Matrix fan. Due to its imprecise controls and shoddy camera, Enter the Matrix failed to emulate the bullet-time or the badass fight choreography - the two most iconic elements of the Wachowski's creation.

Despite being a mess, no one could fault Enter the Matrix's marketing. Hype for The Matrix Reloaded was through the roof, so it was no surprise its video game counterpart was advertised just as much. Because the game gave further insight on certain subplots in The Matrix Reloaded (supposedly), gamers had further incentive to check it out.

Within a month, Enter The Matrix sold 2.5 million units, making it the fastest-selling game in Atari's history. Selling five million units in total, Enter the Matrix did pretty well for itself, considering it's total crap.

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