Most Regrettable Licensing Deal
We thought about simply calling this category the "ouch" award. There was one particular game this year that clearly cost the publisher a pretty penny to secure the appropriate licensing rights--but what a waste. Our Most Regrettable Licensing Deal award goes to:
Developer: Radical Entertainment
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Dark Angel is a game that deserves some special notice, if only for the richness of the irony that surrounds it. Not to be confused with Metro3D's lousy PlayStation 2 dungeon crawler, Dark Angel is based on the now-canceled James Cameron TV show that starred Jessica Alba as a genetically engineered girl on the run from her former keepers. Sure, everyone makes a bad licensed game every once in a while, but by the time Sierra had gotten around to announcing its intention to bring Dark Angel to consoles, the show had already been canceled. It probably seemed like a sure thing for Sierra when the deal first went down, and had the iron still been hot when Sierra and Radical Entertainment struck the deal, Dark Angel probably would've just come and gone with significantly less notice. But some unfortunate decisions and bad timing give Dark Angel the honor of being the result of the most regrettable licensing deal of 2002.