With such a dependence on review scores it seems like there's a lot of games that people miss out on simply because a few people who play games for a living didn't enjoy them as much as you possibly could have.
So I wanted to see what everyone's low rated or socially unaccepted games made a real impression on them this gen.
I'll start with my own.
I know that this might not be all THAT unknown, I think it might have achieved some kind of cult status in the core gaming community.
Nier to me was an amazing game because of the engaging story and endearing characters that weren't what you usually see in a lot of games. The soundtrack was simply brilliant and many of the dungeons and bosses were extremely well done and presented you with a lot of variety.
One major complaint lodged against it is the side quests and repetitive combat. The combat CAN get repetitive, but I always seemed to enjoy it. As for sidequest, well.. if you don't like them don't do them, but you will miss out on some pretty touching side stories (Lighthouse lady!)
It was made to appeal to older gamers, which is why Nier is a middle aged man who wants nothing more than to cure his daughter of a disease with no known cure.
2.) Enchanted Arms
Ok so this game was probably dismissed by most people at the very beginning of the game because one of the supporting characters is gay, and while that's not a problem, the way that he is portrayed is. But he doesn't appear past the 1st hour so shut up and deal with it. If you do you'll find a game with an interesting story and pretty awesome villain along with a turn based combat system that is half way between something like classic FF and Fire Emblem.. really its great. I'm sure the graphics look terrible today and a lot of the voice acting while not bad, isn't great either. The characters are pretty fun to get to know and there's also the always fun monster capturing mechanic. Give it a try and you might be pleasantly surprised.
3.) Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands
I actually am not sure how this rated, but I never heard anyone talking about. It was released around the time the movie came out so I figure people believed it would be a bad movie tie in because, let's face it, Sands of Time really was the last GREAT PoP game. In my opinion this game is just as good if not better than SoT. I know that sounds like blasphemy, but really it was amazing. I actually went ahead and played it long enough to achieve the platinum trophy. The mechanics really aren't all that different, just more puzzle platforming. If you like that, give this a try, I seriously doubt you'll be disappointed.
4.) Deadliest Warrior: The Game
I'm not really the biggest fighting game fan in the world, but this is definitely the best game to play with a group of friends. It's fun and the round go really quickly so the game can move a long fast. The game is very casual but very fun. And there really isn't anything cooler than going head to head between a ninja and an Apache.
5.) Papo & Yo
In many ways this game is a little flawed, but there really hasn't been any other game that felt more like it had a soul behind it. I really felt like the developer was letting me into his mind and his memories. It was very personal because in a lot of ways I identified. The game mostly consists of various puzzle and platforming segments. The presentation is pretty awesome and I'd almost go so far to say that some parts of the game are trippy. I believe this game is criminally underrated and should be experienced. At the very least the developer deserves the support for putting not only his time and effort into the title, but also his heart and his soul.
Ok well that's all for now, maybe what you guys say will remind of some others that I should have listed here, because I know there's many more. Oh, I would have done Haze, but I just remembered it and I'm ready to wrap this up and hear what you have to say!