Need for Speed and Tomb Raider could be Christmas flops
Analysts are great, as they get to guess stuff and get paid for it. They are doing it all the time it seems, so they must be rich by now. Recently, when questioned by the guys at Gamasutra on what games could underperform this Christmas, they voiced their opinion on things once again
EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich commented: “If any cuts are made out of a gamer’s holiday budget, it will be those titles that they could do without: games like Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, which is an awesome game with great branding qualities. However, it simply does not stack up against the large list of AAA titles this holiday season.
Others include: Need for Speed Undercover (which has become a stale brand as of late), Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Midnight Club: Los Angeles, and any other title that squeaks by with quality scores below 80 percent.”
The most well known of the analyst bunch, Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter, crunched his numbers once again and came up games that could very well be flops come the end of the year.
“I‘d say that the worst positioned are Midnight Club: Los Angeles (coming out in front of Need for Speed Undercover), Shaun White Snowboarding (the Wii version will do well, but is constrained by Wii Fit boards; the PS3 and 360 versions are not positioned well), Tomb Raider Underworld (a great franchise, but flying under the radar this holiday), and (waits for the slams from Gamasutra readers…) Animal Crossing: City Folk.”