Great Games That Got Through Development Hell

Created Jan 17, 2018 by lossypi
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You know the story: an amazing game get announced, you throw money at the screen and drool over every trailer. Then, humble months before release, it's delayed to a later date. And then again. And again.
You've moved on with your life, found a Special One, bought a cute houseplant.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, you see it in a store: it came out. It really did. 15 minutes and one divorce later you launch the game thinking "I sure hope Duke Nukem Forever is good".
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