Shack Chat: What is your favorite game that has been delisted or is no longer available?

Inspired by the final days of Marvel's Avengers on storefronts, we think about what game we'd like to dive into, but can't anymore because it's no longer listed.


The topic of delisted games came up among the Shacknews staff earlier this week after we briefly discussed Marvel's Avengers and its final days on PC and console storefronts. We thought about other games that were delisted and could no longer be purchased by the gaming public. What's a game that we want to play, but can sadly no longer purchase on digital storefronts?

The answers... well, they're pretty sad, but will hopefully spur some fascinating discussion. Check out the answers from the Shacknews staff.

Question: What is your favorite game that has been delisted or is no longer available?

Rumbleverse - Ozzie Mejia, Senior Delisted Editor

I almost hate this topic, because it brings back a lot of pain. I like it in the sense that truly great games should never be forgotten, even if they can never be played again.

I briefly considered making my answer Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, because that was some of Telltale's finest work, but the more I thought about it, the more I don't want anybody to ever forget what a beautiful game Rumbleverse was. This was a fantastic twist on the battle royale, encouraging players to get up close and brawl. Victory meant exercising a different kind of strategy, one often pulled from the realm of fighting games. Could you read your opponent? Could you punish them if they carelessly threw out moves all willy-nilly? Could you recognize which moves had priority over certain other ones?

Plus, Rumbleverse had personality for days. It was cartoony, colorful, and almost whimsical for a game based on pounding 39 other players to a pulp. It is tragic how quickly Epic pulled the plug on this and salted the earth around it so that it could never grow again. I don't rule out that there will be an imitator down the road, one who recognizes this concept for its great potential and tries to make something out of it, but it can never be what Rumbleverse was.

Try and find another game like this out on the market. You can't.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - TJ Denzer, Charlotte Main

I absolutely loved the 2D Metroidvania era of Castlevania, and I loved it even more when I could play it with friends. Harmony of Despair was a patchwork celebration of decades of the franchise and a really addictive one at that, mostly because it was a tough game that required players to navigate immense levels and help each other open paths and secrets through it. It could be run solo, but it became all the harder if you did because of the co-op focused level design. More than that, I loved that each character came with many of their unique battle mechanics intact and upgrade across numerous sessions.

I’m pretty proud to say I filled out Charlotte’s spell book (not an easy thing to do) and made her into an overpowered force to be reckoned with. I would happily do it again. Alas, the only place this game is available is on Xbox through backwards compatibility, and I don’t currently have access to the Xbox consoles. It never made its way to PlayStations past the PS3 and remains out of reach on that side of the virtual playground.

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition - Asif Khan, Shacknews CEO/EIC/EIEIO

Now that F-Zero 99 is out and delighting fans all over the world, my new goal is to spread the good word of Duke Nukem in these Shack Chat feature articles. If you were smart enough to scoop up Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition before it was delisted on Steam, this may not concern you, but think of the people that didn’t buy the best PC version of Duke3D.exe? It’s a shame that Gearbox, 3D Realms, and whoever else is holding back Duke from returning couldn’t come to an agreement that would have let the Megaton Edition remain for sale. Instead, players seeking Duke Nukem 3D have to buy the 20th Anniversary edition, which is not as good.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars - Sam Chandler, Mamma-mia

Nintendo sure does make some odd decisions. I can’t pretend to understand the logic behind some choices and yet the company continues to make money hand-over-fist. One thing that will forever puzzle me is Nintendo’s choice to stop selling Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a collection of three of the best Mario games ever released: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy.

If you want to play this game now you either have to already own it, purchase it pre-owned, pirate it, or play it through some emulation software. It just beggars belief why Nintendo would choose to stop selling this fantastic title, even with some of its porting woes.

EVOLVE - Dennis White Jr., Resident Beast Hunter

Evolve was so much fun for me and my friends. The unique team combat full of interesting abilities that have to be used to keep you or your friends from being mangled, crushed, or eaten really made me stick with the game longer than plenty of others. Turtle Rock Studios moved on from the game after a brief revival and servers are officially down as well.

The game clearly had some issues, especially when it came to balancing some of the monsters that terrorized players for months. But there were plenty of exciting moments that really made me excited to play more with my friends while developing unique hunting strategies for each monster. I also thoroughly enjoyed playing as different creatures and got pretty efficient at taking out hunter teams and dodging laser beams and traps. The art direction was great and so was the creature design.

Knockout City - Donovan Erskine, Retired Dodgeball Champion

Knockout City

Source: Velan Studios

Knockout City deserved better. It was one of the few free-to-play live-service games that actually broke away from the crowd and did something unique. Gameplay was a lot of fun, and those games got super competitive. It wasn’t perfect, and the game was a bit dry in terms of content variety, but why does that have to be a death sentence? Why can’t we just have above-average multiplayer games anymore?

Simpsons Arcade - Steve Tyminski, Stevetendo show host - Don’t have a cow, man!

The Simpsons Arcade Game

Source: Konami

What is my favorite game that was delisted or not available to play anymore? I’m going with the Simpsons Arcade game for this one. I loved playing this game in the arcade as a kid. It was available digitally on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 about ten years ago. That being said, you can buy a Arcade1Up arcade cabinet with the Simpsons Arcade playable but it’s rather pricey compared to the game being a digital download. I’m sure it’s a licensing issue that’s preventing the game from coming back but Scott Pilgrim, a game we never thought would come back, was indeed brought back for a modern crowd.

Those are our picks. What game would you like to jump into, but can't anymore because it's no longer available to play or purchase? Join the conversation and let us know in the comments. You can also take the conversation over to the Official Shacknews Community Discord.

Shack Staff stories are a collective effort with multiple staff members contributing. Many of our lists often involve entires from several editors, and our weekly Shack Chat is something we all contribute to as a group. 

Filed Under
From The Chatty
    • reply
      September 22, 2023 2:15 PM

      Civilization 1.

      Apparently the copy that I had played was some kind of unique windows edition or something. I scoured around the internet at some point to try and find it and ended up with some DOS emulated edition without the great music or character intros I think ? Idk I just remember it being more hassle than it was worth

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 2:16 PM

      UT 2003

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 2:18 PM

      Richard Burns Rally or Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy depending on the day you ask me.

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 2:50 PM

      100% Lost Planet 2. One of my favorite winter time co-op games, and it's been in a coma since 2021.

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 3:04 PM

      Still kind of around, but I wish there was more of a player base for:
      Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
      Battlefield: Hardline
      Dirty Bomb (and Brink a little bit)

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 3:41 PM

      None of your business

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 3:46 PM

      Driver: San Francisco

      • reply
        September 22, 2023 6:48 PM

        I wish I'd picked up the digital version on Xbox back when it was cheap. Had to pay the going rate for a physical copy to play on my 1X earlier this year :(

        Would also love a digital copy of Blood in the Sand to play on the Series S :(

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 4:22 PM

      Terminator: Future Shock / Skynet

      • reply
        September 22, 2023 4:36 PM

        I'm really surprised those haven't been put on GOG by now.. They were really cool. The original Terminator from Bethesda (the open world DOS game) was fucking rad, too

        • reply
          September 22, 2023 6:49 PM

          Yeah NightDive should get on that ASAP.

          • reply
            September 23, 2023 6:51 AM

            We need more studios like NightDive that can tackle this stuff, but no one else has the same level of tech to do it :(

      • reply
        September 22, 2023 10:51 PM

        Oh really? I still have my CDs. One of the coolest things is that Skynet upgrades vanilla Future Shock.

        • reply
          September 23, 2023 5:44 AM

          Yeah, I can't find either of them on digital stores anywhere :(

    • rms legacy 10 years legacy 20 years mercury super mega
      September 22, 2023 4:24 PM

      Wolfenstein 2009

      • reply
        September 22, 2023 6:48 PM

        Once the Activision merger goes down this could change

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 4:29 PM

      The Ubisoft Risk game on Xbox 360

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 4:33 PM

      Outrun 2006 Coast to Coast

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 6:09 PM

      Interstate 76 or NOLF.

      • reply
        September 22, 2023 6:46 PM

        It's on sale!

        • reply
          September 22, 2023 8:27 PM

          Awesome!! I didn’t even thing about checking GOG…

        • reply
          September 23, 2023 7:21 AM

          ha, was thinking of this game a few days ago. Watched a few youtube vides.. it has not aged well.

          • reply
            September 23, 2023 8:03 AM

            I think it still looks really sexy! My complaint with it, oddly enough, is that the cutscene encoding quality is garbage and the models are too detailed. If it ever gets remastered, I'd love to see the cutscenes actually done in real time and then in-game graphics matching those cutscenes. Really nail that unified aesthetic they were originally going for (and lauded for at the time)

            The actual gameplay has aged really well. I've never been able to fully adjust to the simplified model of I82, which ironically made the game way harder for me (never beat it) :'(

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 6:55 PM

      Inifinity blade series on ios

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 7:06 PM

      Jet Set Radio Future

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 7:08 PM

      Need for Speed: Most Wanted - the original version not the shitty later remake

      • rms legacy 10 years legacy 20 years mercury super mega
        September 22, 2023 9:03 PM

        R&T Need For Speed 1 SE – the first and best of that entire series; Porsche Unleashed was good too.

        • reply
          September 22, 2023 10:58 PM

          I still have my Porsche Unleashed disc. One of my favorite games.

      • reply
        September 22, 2023 9:16 PM

        It was never sold digitally

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 7:12 PM

      Marvel Heroes Online. It was my favorite minimal-thinking, killing-time-between-other-games game. It was a free to play game, but the microtransactions never felt abusive, and the developers understood that the #1 thing many people want in an ARPG is using ridiculous particle effects to make hordes of enemies explode into big showers of shiny objects. I didn't play it continuously for months at a time, but I always, always came back to it, until it went away forever. :(

      The runner up, which I can still play but can no longer be purchased, is the Deadpool 3rd-person action game from a while back. It had a ton of humor and solid if standard combat. Critically, even if I died several times fighting a boss, I never felt like the game cheated me. Some fights were hard (especially on Hard difficulty), but were never cheap.

      These are games I know are no longer available. There might be others that I would choose but don't because I haven't paid attention to their availability.

      • reply
        September 23, 2023 4:15 AM

        I love that Deadpool came out just before they lost the license to publish Marvel games, but then they went through the trouble of relicensing it for the remaster only to get it delisted again.

        Activision has a ton of great licensed games (especially Marvel) that have a near zero chance of getting rereleased/remastered because of licensing bullshit.

        Would love to see X Men Origins Wolverine Ungaged Edition, Spiderman Edge of Time, Ultimate Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man, and X-Men Legends 1+2 get rereleased. Maybe Web of Shadows while they're at it.

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 7:36 PM

      The Cycle:Frontier

    • reply
      September 22, 2023 9:24 PM


    • reply
      September 22, 2023 9:29 PM

      Anything that was multiplayer that no longer has the numbers to support playing it

    • reply
      September 23, 2023 2:38 AM

      Battleborn :(

    • reply
      September 23, 2023 5:48 AM

      America’s Army in the beginning

      • reply
        September 23, 2023 5:53 AM

        Yeah when you had to sit through classes to be able to play the different roles.

        • reply
          September 23, 2023 6:49 AM

          I loved that first aid class. It was actually practical and really well designed.

      • reply
        September 23, 2023 6:51 AM

        Was just talking about that with busdriver3030 the other day. That game was SO GOOD for... like a year or two?

        • reply
          September 23, 2023 6:57 AM

          Easily my favorite recruiting initiative I've ever seen. Screw having a little F35 car outside of NASCAR events, forget speaking at high schools, and I skip the commercials on tv... but they fucking killed it with that game, man.

          I'm torn on the adventure game they were working on. I would have loved to have played it, but with the issues they were having with getting it to come together in a fun way, it's for the best that they Warcraft Adventures'd it

          • reply
            September 23, 2023 7:43 AM

            I was always torn on whether or not it was effective. The time-to-death was often pretty short. Waiting to respawn... should I enlist to do this for real?

            • reply
              September 23, 2023 8:00 AM

              It was probably overtaken by Activision and EA shouldering a bulk of the financial burden for making the military look rad as fuck, but I imagine in its time it was a great, accessible avenue for mil cosplay types and impressionable youth that might be interested.

              I mean, it's not quite on par with the Marines commercial of navigating the maze and fighting a knight (pretty sure it was a documentary), but it was still pretty bad ass

    • reply
      September 23, 2023 7:54 AM

      I really liked Battlefield 1943 for Xbox 360 and I think its been deactivated. Great little distillation of the Battlefield experience

Hello, Meet Lola