The last video gaming generation had its fair share of terrible game releases, but there apparently is a line to be crossed for a game to not be released at all on the grounds of being irredeemably bad.
YouTube poster darkfalz leaked Alpha footage online of an original Xbox game called "Fist Firehead", from a 2003 engine build.
Canadian game developer Beenox, best known for their Spider-Man licensed games such as Spider-Man: Edge of Time, and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, worked on the game, which was a platforming shooter set to be a Microsoft Xbox exclusive.
Fist Firehead was originally backed by Microsoft but it did not take long for the company to discontinue their support for it on the grounds of it being unpolished and not up to standard. Secondary publisher Majesco soon abandoned the project, and the game was condemned to termination.
"It was flat out rejected by Microsoft as an Xbox release candidate on grounds of it being irredeemably terrible, something Microsoft almost never does. Beenox has pretty much disowned the project," darkfalz said.
"It was subsequently dropped by the publisher and went into obscurity, only to resurface two years later with slightly improved visuals, but the same terrible controls and lack of balance (I don't have that version, but it wasn't THAT much better)."
If you want to take a look at the game that Microsoft didn't see fit to publish, alpha footage of Fist Firehead lies below.
By Nathan Misa