Not a lot of games have been as widely loathed as Too Human in recent memory. Silicon Knights’ science fiction take on Norse Mythology was not the game changer they had promised for nearly a decade of development, and it never formed into the trilogy they had envisioned, either. Add to that a mouth full of horrible PR from deranged company president Denis Dyack, and Too Human ranks among the most glorious flops of all time.
Kind of shame, because it really wasn’t that horrible of a game. Not overly great, but enjoyable once or twice through.
Well, Silicon Knights ran into some legal troubles after a successful $9 million counter-suit from Epic Games who claimed that the Ontario based developer had misused their popular Unreal 3 graphic engine. The judge agreed with their arguments and ordered that all of Silicon Knights’ games that had been developed using the engine to be recalled and destroyed at Silicon Knight’s expense. More specifically, Too Human and their massive Marvel flop X-Men Destiny can never be sold again through retailers.
Microsoft, who published the game under their Microsoft Studios logo, have pulled it from the Xbox Live Marketplace, the last available place to purchase a new copy of the game. Although the secondhand market is always an option, Too Human is now officially lost and out of print forever.
It’s not the best game of all time, but it’s an interesting play-through and a fabulous piece of gaming history, marking one of gaming’s most infamous vaporware cases morphing into a catastrophic flop. Pick up a copy before the value increases, but be sure not to spend too much on it.