Games you thought were underrated

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#1 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69895 posts) -

And that no one seemed to play?

#2 Edited by turtlethetaffer (16610 posts) -

Knights in the Nightmare comes to mind. Has the standard epic story, great production values and weird but awesome gameplay that Atlus games are known for. Of course, it being an Atlus game, it got zero publicity. Plus the gameplay is so different that the game is pretty polarizing. I loved it, though.

There's also Silent Hill Downpour. I bought it day one and don't regret it. The atmosphere is terrific and the story is suitably dark and mysterious without relying on the "revelation" twist that SH games are known for (where the character suddenly remembers something terrible they did but don't remember). It's not the best game in the series, but it's still a great horror game despite its flaws (frame rate, somewhat weak monster design and variety). IGN's score of a 4.5 is completely and utterly wrong.

#3 Posted by marcheegsr (2465 posts) -

Binary domain - Great 3rd person shooter with solid shooting mechanics.

The Saboteur - GTA style open world gameplay with plenty of side stuff to do.

Deadly premonition directors cut - One of the best stories in gaming. Horrible gameplay and graphics, yet I couldn't stop playing.

Remember me - Awesome combat mechanics, decent story, loved the graphics.

#4 Posted by Archangel3371 (15284 posts) -

Definitely Lost Odyssey for the 360, it was such a fantastic JRPG especially so early in the console's lifespan and it still holds up well today. I also felt that the Bionic Commando reboot was underrated as well. While not without some flaws I found it to be a pretty enjoyable game.

#5 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5671 posts) -

Mafia 2 always comes to mind when I think of underrated games.

#6 Edited by turtlethetaffer (16610 posts) -

Binary domain - Great 3rd person shooter with solid shooting mechanics.

The Saboteur - GTA style open world gameplay with plenty of side stuff to do.

Deadly premonition directors cut - One of the best stories in gaming. Horrible gameplay and graphics, yet I couldn't stop playing.

Remember me - Awesome combat mechanics, decent story, loved the graphics.

Saboteur was pretty fun. Only issue I had was that the combat felt a bit too loose. Plus the overwhelming amount of enemies on screen at any given time made it tough to survive in many situations.

#7 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

Mafia 2 always comes to mind when I think of underrated games.

YES!

Binary domain - Great 3rd person shooter with solid shooting mechanics.

The Saboteur - GTA style open world gameplay with plenty of side stuff to do.

YES YES! (Loved Saboteur, one of my favorite 360 games)

And I'd like to add: All the Dead Rising games. I think they're magnificent. Although I do get why they don't rate higher. The time based gameplay just isn't for everyone and it never will be. But I love them... to the extent one can love an inanimate thing that cannot return that love.

#8 Edited by DJ-Lafleur (34130 posts) -

I don't hear many people talk about Castlevania Chronicles. I enjoy the game alot and it is actually my second favorite classic Castlevania behind Super Castlevania IV.

#9 Posted by Ballroompirate (22306 posts) -

Dragon's Dogma, Soul Sacrifice (dunno if this counts), State of Decay (the best zombie game evar and doesn't get enough attention) and The Wolf Among Us.

#10 Posted by RicoMuerte1 (7 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride: well three million people bought it but i think Alan Wake was very under rated. most reviewers gave it a 7 or 8 and I have read a lot of luke warm opinions about it from gamers but for me it is easily one of the games of the generation.

#11 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (6702 posts) -

Dirt 3.

#12 Posted by Bigboi500 (29221 posts) -

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. I loved the music, characters and atmosphere despite the mediocre combat.

#13 Posted by turtlethetaffer (16610 posts) -

I forgot to mention the Wii version of Force Unleashed. It wasn't great, but it was very, very fun. It's a power trip that never really gets old.

#14 Edited by bowchicka07 (1073 posts) -

Heroes of Might and Magic for PC.... Those games are freaking gems but didn't get much recognition.

LoTR BFME ; one of my favorite RTS but didn't hear much about it on the account I think more people wanted a hack and slash LoTR?

FF: tactics- don't ever see constant threads or posts wanting a Tactics remake yet they really stand out in the series IMO

Diablo III for console: I think most got sick of it after crappy PC version but console refined the loot system with better drops and no RMAH.

#15 Posted by Ish_basic (3984 posts) -

@marcheegsr: Binary domain - Great 3rd person shooter with solid shooting mechanics.

surprisingly fun game. Something addicting about shredding robot armor. The story was actually pretty fun, too, even if it was your typical anime-inspired cyborg tale.

#16 Posted by Some-Mist (5630 posts) -

sin & punishment: star successor

#17 Posted by Mesomorphin (809 posts) -

I would say Nier...but thats been getting alot of attention lately! So i would say Dead space Extraction....Singularity....and course one of my all time fav games...Catherine!! Seriously if you have not played Catherine you need to drop the Toilet paper, pull out a 20 doller bill and bust your ass over to Gamestop right FRIGGIN NOW! it really is that good.

#18 Edited by c_rakestraw (14579 posts) -
@turtlethetaffer said:

Knights in the Nightmare comes to mind. Has the standard epic story, great production values and weird but awesome gameplay that Atlus games are known for. Of course, it being an Atlus game, it got zero publicity. Plus the gameplay is so different that the game is pretty polarizing. I loved it, though.

For sure. Sometimes I think you and I are the only ones here to have played that game. Never seen anyone else anywhere on the Web ever mention it. Shame, too. Such a cool game.

#19 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5671 posts) -
#20 Posted by locus-solus (488 posts) -
  • Okami loved by both critics & gamer (those who played it) sold lacklusterly even after being released 3 times on the Ps2, Wii, & Ps3. i'm surprised Capcom hasn't ported Okami to other systems
  • The Saboteur GTA in 1940 France
  • Red Faction Guerrilla didn't do well enough so they changed a few thing in the sequel (turn a open world game into a corridor shooter a sank the franchise)
#21 Posted by CTR360 (6959 posts) -

last story vanguish binary domain mafia 2 metro 2033 metro last light tales of vesperia lst odyssey yakuza 3

#22 Posted by sukraj (21927 posts) -

Kameo

#23 Edited by turtlethetaffer (16610 posts) -

@c_rakestraw: Honestly, it was my favorite game of the last generation. I loved the way the story was told, the overall melancholy atmosphere and the ridiculous gameplay. I still need to get the bonus ending with the two different characters, though, the one where you get a certain item in a hidden stage. Also, the artwork for the game is flat out gorgeous.

#24 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69895 posts) -
  • Pro Evolution Soccer series, i think the series get's crapped on for not being FIFA.
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Star Wars The Old Republic
  • Heroes Might and Magic
  • Need for Speed Underground 1 & 2
  • Dragonball Z: Budokai 3
  • Final Fantasy 13-2
  • Transformers Fall of Cybetron

#25 Edited by SEANMCAD (5464 posts) -

Silent Storm

No One Lives Forever 1 (although I think it did really well the year it came out)

Darkfall

Wurm Online

#26 Edited by El_Zo1212o (6006 posts) -

Two of my favorite games for my 360 were loudly and widely panned for being Arkham knockoffs- Captain America: Super Soldier and TMNT: Out of the Shadows.

Cap was an amazing beatem up with nuance and it 's story kept you running the entire game. There are some games that have these kind of nonstop, urgent stories, but then drag on for 20+ hours and it gets tiring. But with Cap, it was all over in ten hours and it was a rush.

TMNT: Out of the Shadows was absolutely RIPPED by every major review site and most of the minors(38 on Metacritic). But I thought it was a better beatem up than Arkham Origins-to date I've put nearly 3 times the amount of time into TMNT as I have in B:AO.

#27 Posted by Ryagan (484 posts) -

Super Mario Sunshine was a bit underrated when it first came out, but it's developed quite a cult following over the years.

#28 Edited by juboner (372 posts) -

MX vs Atv Alive great dynamic racing, you really have to work that right stick constantly to gain traction and scrub. Wonderful mx physics.

#29 Edited by SlyRoxas97 (59 posts) -

Mirror's Edge

Alan Wake

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (Although I can understand why)

#30 Posted by amalager (97 posts) -

Tecmo's Deception (from PS1)--I like playing as the bad guy once in a while. I enjoyed laying traps and killing trespassers on this game.

Eclipse War--Currently on Beta testing. While their graphics is mediocre they have a transformation Card feature that looks interesting.

White Knight Chronicles (PSP)--I like games where I can recruit numerous npc allies.

#31 Posted by BiggChonies882 (48 posts) -

Smugglers Run!!! (PS2)

#32 Posted by RageQuitter69 (1296 posts) -

Any open world game with vehicles and weapons which isn't GTA, all these games are unfairly labelled as 'GTA Clones' (why isn't the clone term applied to other genres?), also Mafia II, the worst part about that is the fact that the game was underrated because it wasn't like GTA because if it was, it would still be underrated. Hitman Absolution also comes to mind, people acted like it was Splinter Cell Crapviction. I'm also going to say GTA V, that games gets so much hate on the GTA Forums for unfair reasons (cash cards for example, people bash the game for having cash cards and then praise MGS4, a game where you had no choice but to pay for content in it's multiplayer).

#33 Posted by tempura13 (441 posts) -

Rune Factory.

Harvest Moon too, despite being a well-known franchise.

#34 Edited by Cloud_imperium (2314 posts) -

The Witcher (Original)

Broken Sword 5

Shadow Warrior (New)

007 NightFire

Freelancer

Alan Wake

#35 Edited by VintAge68 (398 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:
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  • Dragon Age 2
  • Star Wars The Old Republic
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I second that, and the aforementioned: The Saboteur, Binary Domain, Alan Wake, Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, plus: Injustice Gods Among Us, Zombi U, Dante's Inferno, Inversion, Mindjack, 3rd Birthday, Bleach 3rd Phantom...

But if I reflect sufficiently long about it, there will certainly yet be others coming to mind...

#36 Posted by evildead6789 (7288 posts) -

worms 4: mayhem (not the ultimate mayhem, that was a very bad rehash)

#37 Posted by MasterTankallex (94 posts) -

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom

Alpha Protocol

#38 Posted by kingcrimson24 (437 posts) -

Spec ops : the line .

#39 Posted by speedfog (3008 posts) -

Silent Hill Homecoming

Silent Hill Downpour

Wolfenstein

Brink

F.E.A.R. 3

Mafia 2

#40 Edited by insanegame377 (332 posts) -

@Ryagan said:

Super Mario Sunshine was a bit underrated when it first came out, but it's developed quite a cult following over the years.

If I recall Mario Sunshine actually received quite a lot of acclaim from critics upon release.

#41 Edited by udUbdaWgz1 (631 posts) -

alpha protocol, condemned series, brutal legend, viva series, prey, the darkness, prince of Persia:tfs and, yes, BOTH 2worlds.

as well, i'll throw in creed1 (not for total sales) because of it's low reviews by so many and how great and innovative it becomes when you play like it was originally intended: NO HUD!

#42 Posted by geniobastardo (1295 posts) -

@Bigboi500: the same goes for me. It has some of the most beautiful environments I had ever seen

#43 Posted by CrillanK (60 posts) -

Duke Nukem Forever, considering it was compared to games developed a decade after it.

As we speak, Thief is definitely being underrated. It's a very good Thief game and has the best stealth system out there.

#44 Posted by pupp3t_mast3r (141 posts) -

  • Pro Evolution Soccer series, i think the series get's crapped on for not being FIFA.
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Star Wars The Old Republic
  • Heroes Might and Magic
  • Need for Speed Underground 1 & 2
  • Dragonball Z: Budokai 3
  • Final Fantasy 13-2
  • Transformers Fall of Cybetron

Ride I think some of the games on that list actually got a lot of public attention and marketing to boot? DA 2 was tried out by most fans of the original usually to their disappointment but was still a solid game. NGS Underground 1 & 2 , HoM&M series, DBZ Budokai and even SWTOR got solid reviews and have quite a large fan-base... I can't speak for the other games since I never tried them out but the ones I did play were quite popular when they were released and were played by most of my friends.

#45 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69895 posts) -

@CrillanK said:

Duke Nukem Forever, considering it was compared to games developed a decade after it.

As we speak, Thief is definitely being underrated. It's a very good Thief game and has the best stealth system out there.

But it still came out for gen 7 and looked and played like crap tbh

#46 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69895 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:
  • Pro Evolution Soccer series, i think the series get's crapped on for not being FIFA.
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Star Wars The Old Republic
  • Heroes Might and Magic
  • Need for Speed Underground 1 & 2
  • Dragonball Z: Budokai 3
  • Final Fantasy 13-2
  • Transformers Fall of Cybetron

Ride I think some of the games on that list actually got a lot of public attention and marketing to boot? DA 2 was tried out by most fans of the original usually to their disappointment but was still a solid game. NGS Underground 1 & 2 , HoM&M series, DBZ Budokai and even SWTOR got solid reviews and have quite a large fan-base... I can't speak for the other games since I never tried them out but the ones I did play were quite popular when they were released and were played by most of my friends.

Some gave them solid reviews, not everyone. Just because they have marketing, doesn't mean they don't get appreciated enough. Many people hate the games i listed

#47 Posted by pupp3t_mast3r (141 posts) -

@pupp3t_mast3r said:

@The_Last_Ride said:
  • Pro Evolution Soccer series, i think the series get's crapped on for not being FIFA.
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Star Wars The Old Republic
  • Heroes Might and Magic
  • Need for Speed Underground 1 & 2
  • Dragonball Z: Budokai 3
  • Final Fantasy 13-2
  • Transformers Fall of Cybetron

Ride I think some of the games on that list actually got a lot of public attention and marketing to boot? DA 2 was tried out by most fans of the original usually to their disappointment but was still a solid game. NGS Underground 1 & 2 , HoM&M series, DBZ Budokai and even SWTOR got solid reviews and have quite a large fan-base... I can't speak for the other games since I never tried them out but the ones I did play were quite popular when they were released and were played by most of my friends.

Some gave them solid reviews, not everyone. Just because they have marketing, doesn't mean they don't get appreciated enough. Many people hate the games i listed

Who dares to hate on NFS:UG and HoMM!! =@ And sadly marketing = exposure meaning even if the game is absolute crap if enough money's thrown behind the marketing people will pick it up. And really under-rated or over-rated what matters at the end if how many people buy the game since that influences the possibility of sequels, which is what I as a person who appreciated these games would want =] Ubisoft need to stop Ass creed games and make a new HoMM.....

#48 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (6702 posts) -

Driver San Francisco

#49 Posted by CrillanK (60 posts) -

@CrillanK said:

Duke Nukem Forever, considering it was compared to games developed a decade after it.

As we speak, Thief is definitely being underrated. It's a very good Thief game and has the best stealth system out there.

But it still came out for gen 7 and looked and played like crap tbh

It only came out when it did because of the circumstances. It wasn't released as a "modern" game. You wouldn't rate a game on Nintendo Virtual Console that came out this week against games like Assassin's Creed IV right? And no, it didn't play like crap. It was a lot of fun and more interesting than any military shooter I've played.

#50 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69895 posts) -

@CrillanK said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@CrillanK said:

Duke Nukem Forever, considering it was compared to games developed a decade after it.

As we speak, Thief is definitely being underrated. It's a very good Thief game and has the best stealth system out there.

But it still came out for gen 7 and looked and played like crap tbh

It only came out when it did because of the circumstances. It wasn't released as a "modern" game. You wouldn't rate a game on Nintendo Virtual Console that came out this week against games like Assassin's Creed IV right? And no, it didn't play like crap. It was a lot of fun and more interesting than any military shooter I've played.

It wasn't an HD version of a game