John Romero's Daikatana pops up on Steam

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Daikatana, John Romero's disasterpiece, has inexplicably sprung up on Steam, priced 4.99.


How can you disagree with THAT?

The game first came out 13 years ago, steeped in hype and marred by controversial advertising campaigns, which read: "John Romero is about to make you his bitch." And maybe he did - after all, we were the ones who played it.

But for all the hullabaloo, Daikatana was outdated before it hit the shelf, already bettered/battered by games like Half-Life and Quake 3. Daikatana's many grand ambitions were half-baked and the whole thing ended up being a bit naff.

So, why buy it now? As a curio, a relic, a fascination - a high profile flop written in bold ink in the books of gaming history.

"No one could ever say that Daikatana was a good game," wrote our Paul Dean in a strange love-hate letter to the game. "It was a cataclysmic failure for Ion Storm, years of development and marketing and celebrity poured into a sub-par experience that became a running joke.

"But I'm glad it exists. Had it been anything other than what it was, I don't think I'd look upon it so fondly."

Check this ancient video preview of Daikatana out while you're at it.

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