The lights are on
You've heard about Game Informer's vault, a room dedicated to thousands of games from yesteryear. You haven't heard about its less sexy counterpart, Game Informer's filing cabinets. While you won't find anything playable within their drawers, it's loaded with press releases and fact sheets from the '90s – some of which highlight games that were unceremoniously canceled.
We had forgotten about these cabinets ever since we moved them to a small office on Game Informer's administrative floor. When Jeff Cork started work on an upcoming Classic GI feature, we couldn't find any information for a particular game on the Internet, yet we knew details existed at one time. This reminded me of the filing cabinets. When I first started working for Game Informer, one of my monthly duties was to archive every page that was sent to us from publishers and developers. I knew we had something on the game Jeff was investigating.
We put on our dust masks and started rifling through the cabinets. We found what Jeff was looking for, and also stumbled across paperwork for dozens of canceled games, including Ocean of America's Lobo, a Super Nintendo and Genesis fighting game that was due to release in May of '96. Below is all the paperwork we have for the game. As you can see, the ESRB ratings weren't quite solidified. The canceled fighter included moves like "Ram Grenade Down Throat" and "Blow Opponent in Half" and "Fire Hole Through Opponent," which earned the game a Kids to Adults rating. The sheets detail the playable characters and their special moves.
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Ah, the old Hold and Stab
Man I would imagine the fun it would be to just go through those entire things and find all the possible awesomeness in there.
The Main Man needs his own fraggin game, already. Make it happen industry.
Oh my god! If only this would've happened.
I'm thinking this wouldn't have been nearly as great as it sounds.
KILLER KICK PUNCH!!!!
EXTRA BAD BLIZZARD BREATH!!!
Wow, this is fascinating Reiner. Is this to become a regular feature? It'd be truly awesome to see more of that canceled Lord of the Rings RPG back in 2007. Nice idea.
Whoah, that's actually cool. I wonder what else is hidden in those magical cabinets?
the original shake n bake
Oh man there were so many terrible fighting games in the mid-90s.
The market wasn't as big then so it doesn't seem as bad as all the crappy first-person snorefests that flooded the market the last two console generations. But it sure felt like there were too many posers and not enough Street Fighters, Tekkens, and Mortal Kombats to keep the quality up.
It seems like the game was cancelled months before its launch, "when it comes out in May"
Thats so weird to put that much effort into a product and then not let it release, although Ride to Hell: Retribution might be an example of why you might not want to do that...
This sounds like a fighting game I would have LOVED. I don't suppose somebody will take this idea and make an indie game out of it? Something with Arc System-style sprites, perhaps? Preserve the brutality and the dark, over-the-top humor, and you could have an awesome indie on your hands! Assuming you could get the licensing rights, I mean.
Oh man! This would've been awesome!
I just had a nostalgia trip from the days when KA was an ESRB rating.