9: Psi-Ops: The MindGate Conspiracy
2004 action-adventure from Midway Games, Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, had everything going for it except for timing.
You’ll alternate between traditional third-person shooter gameplay and utilising your suite of psychic powers as protagonist Nick Scryer. Scryer is a soldier who has been recruited by the MindGate Corporation and needs to unravel a sinister plot driven by the baddies who are an organisation called The Movement.
Despite reviewing surprisingly well including scoring GameSpot’s award for best PlayStation 2 game of June 2004 and getting plenty of nods for Game of the Year categories, the game was a commercial disappointment for Midway. Only shifting around 400,000 copies in its first year of release, Psi-Ops struggled to compete with heavy-hitters like Fable, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Half-Life 2 which all launched around the same time.
The game has garnered a well-deserved cult following but its lacklustre sales meant any hope for the series to continue was abandoned.
Even though the game does end with a big ‘To Be Continued’ splash screen that flashes up during the credits which certainly stings a little for the fans who did pick this one up.