When you think of forgotten games, what games come to mind? I often think of Square RPGs from the late 90’s / early 2000s like Xenogears, Vagrant Story, Parasite Eve. Great IPs that make you wonder why they aren’t around anymore. How about you, GD?
Psi Ops the mindgate conspiracy
Shadows of the Damned
Billy hatcher and the giant egg
Rise of Nations
Those are some of the ones off the top of my head that I really liked, that if I bring them up to other people they have no idea what I'm talking about
Alpha Protocol. Take a generous pour of Die Hard, add two splashes of Jason Bourne, give it a shake and pour into a glass of Mass Effect-style action-RPG gameplay. Float some James Bond bitters on top for espionage vibes.
Great game, released broken so overlooked at the time. Might have been the last game Obsidian developed before they dropped off the radar for a while.
Depends what you mean, because forgotten by the publisher? sure. By those who play games in general I have to disagree.
Some of the games mentioned are very known even from people who haven't played them. They just don't sell five million copies. Even so that's not forgotten. Quite a few of the above are commonly mentioned by fans and even with campaigns for the remake/ rerelease treatment, due to .
Battle Axe is the game that came to mind. It's a fun top down shooter in the spirit of Smash TV, The Chaos Engine & Nex Machina (two of these are also forgotten); released and didn't even get enough attention to spark any reviews from creditable sources, let alone gather sales outside KickStarter Backers. Rough. Solid retro call-back.
I know why it is forgotten, top down shooters are simply a bottom of the barrel niche genre that very few buying modern systems care to glance at twice, and that's no stab to those who don't care for them, it's just how it is. Top down shooters are usually only loved by those who played them in the arcades and love fast twitchy gameplay.
Housemarque figured this out with Returnal, and because they made a drastic change to design and perspective it's looked at with reverence. If it was top down? no one would care for Returnal.
Rise of Nations
Speaking of, did you play Rise of Legends?
XGRA. I remember back in college talking to a guy about how much I loved F-Zero GX, and he said Extreme G was his preference. I asked him his take on XGRA because I hadn't played it by then, and he told me Extreme G 3 was the most recent game in the series. That's how forgotten that game is. Even some fans of the series didn't know it happened. It's a shame too, because despite some bouts of slowdown, it's probably the best game in the series. But I think it came out months before Akklaim folded.
I know I bring this game up a lot, but Heavy Metal: Geomatrix. Do you remember Spawn: In the Demon's hand? No? Well this was a spiritual successor to that, with a smaller budget, based on an even more niche franchise, released within weeks of the Dreamcast being pulled off life-support. And you know what, the lack of ambition lead to a better game. Smaller levels and the switch to one-on-one gameplay fixed the wonkey camera problems Spawn had. Heavy Metal was almost as much fun as Power Stone. You can quote me on that.
Maybe it's more that they were never really known, but a lot of good NES games seemingly fell through the cracks.
Battle of Olympus - Always thought this was a way cooler Zelda II than actual Zelda II lol. The story, setting, gameplay, music, one of those NES games that had a great sense of mystery and discovery.
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight - Loaded name. Probably duped many people, buying into something that it wasn't. But damn if it isn't one of the best action platformers on the NES. Tough as nails of course, but I played the hell out of that game.
Wrath of the Black Manta - Ninjas are cool. Ok weird game, probably deserves to be lost to time lol. But it had some nice variety and I thought it was really cool how many skills you could obtain. One of the boss sprites in particular impressed me for a NES game.
Some random kung fu game that I hope you guys can remember for me - Not the generic titled Kung Fu game lol. Vaguely remember the game having two modes of play. Side scrolling missions you'd play on the way to the competition. Then some over the top 1v1 tournament battles ending each stage. Side scrolling stages were your standard early NES stuff. But the tournament battles were actually kind of impressive. Highs, mids, lows, low profiles, throws, specials. Remember some ridiculous full screen spin kick special at least. I always remember it as Ninja Scroll, but I know for sure that's not it.
But I had a physical copy of the game!
See, now if the NES had the option for digital, I'd have various ways of tracking down the games name on my account.
Jokes aside, might just scroll through a list of all US released NES games. See if anything jogs my memory.
Actually just found it on a Wiki NES list! "The Secret Scroll", this must be why I kept thinking Ninja Scroll.
Surprisingly, exactly as I remember. Super basic side scroller levels, but pretty interesting 1v1 stuff by lowly NES standards lol.
@SolidGame_basic: xenogears while epic was a disappointment because part way through they have this random long cut scene then a time skip to cover cut content. It threw me off and after that point I was not happy with it.
There was a zelda like rpg on 8bit nes called Crystalis. It was pretty epic & theres never been a follow up, reboot, sequel. They need to do one for this.
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