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The 10 Most Underrated/Overlooked Games

There are some games that simply get overlooked or underrated for any number of reasons. Getting a release date around the same time as other established or over hyped games, overly critical reviewers, and even a complete lack of marketing can push a game to the backburner for many gamers. It's a shame that this happens, but luckily there are those of us willing to shine the lime light that these games rightfully deserve. Once again, only games that I've played will be mentioned. While I'm sure you all can think of other titles worthy of more attention or praise than they received, the following ten games are the ones I feel deserve some love the most. This list is in order of release date, and spans many console generations.

 

 

Gyromite (NES)

This was a game made to showcase R.O.B. Unfortunately, the R.O.B. unit was a miserable failure. Gyromite, however, was a really fun platformer that you didn't really need that idiot robot to play. My brother and I sunk countless hours into this game trying to avoid those weird green creatures with beaks that for some reason were enamored with turnips. We also squished each other "accidentally" more than a few times. Ah, memories.

 

 

Trog (NES version)

There was an arcade version of this game, but I never played it. This game was simple and, quite frankly, a blast to play. You control little dinosaurs and collect eggs while trying to avoid the titular enemies, the Trogs. They're one eyed cavemen who continually scheme up ways to eat you. The game has some pretty hilarious moments, and the bonus stages are a great addition to the core game. Playing with a friend adds to the amusement, and it offers some chances at "friendly" competition.

 

 

Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters (NES)

I loved this game. It's a turn-based strategy game featuring Godzilla, so I really don't think I need to say much more about it, but I will anyway. You're basically trying to stave off the giant monster invasion in Japan, and you have to amass several different types of combat vehicles in order to do so. You can even assemble different parts to build a super weapon in some stages. Godzilla 2 boasts the usual cast of characters, and offers several stages with different objective types. Critics claimed the game was without plot and had a combat style that was difficult to understand. What Godzilla game has a plot? And if 12 year old me can master the combat, what was so difficult to understand about it? Add this to your "must play retro titles" list.

 

 

Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES)

Huge variety of horror movie type monsters? Check. Strange assortment of weapons? Check. Hilarious gameplay? Check. This game has it all, and the music and sound effects were superb back in the day. I will never understand why this game flew under the radar when it released, but I can tell you it's worth a download for you Wii owners out there. Sometimes the neighbors are annoying, but watching some of them perish makes up for it.

 

 

Spiderman and Venom: Maximum Carnage (SNES)

Yeah, it's a Final Fight clone, and it can be repetitive at times, but being able to play as both Spiderman and Venom makes up for that. Considering this is the first Spiderman game I played that was even halfway decent, I'm surprised it didn't have a better reception amongst gamers. There's a lot to love about this game, and it poses quite a challenge to those who play it. Add in the fact that both characters have different moves and skill sets, and this is still one of the best Spiderman titles I've ever played.

 

Chex Quest (PC)

Best...cereal prize...ever! This was the first PC shooter I ever played, and I'm not ashamed to admit that. This game was overlooked largely because it was deemed nothing more than a Doom clone (not to mention it came in a freaking cereal box and not a store shelf), but Chex Quest is what opened the door to PC shooters for me. Using the "zorcher" to zap "Flemoids" was as addicting as any blockbuster game I have ever played. It even spawned two sequels (that I have sadly not played). Yes, I got a kick out of a game made solely for the purposes of marketing a brand of cereal. Don't judge me.

 

 

Star Wars: Demolition (Dreamcast)

This was a Star Wars version of Twisted Metal that was insanely fun to play. Thanks to Podracer forever tainting Star Wars themed videogames, this game got less attention than it deserved. The cast of characters and accompanying vehicles are excellent, and the combat abilities for each are genuinely fun to experiment with. The different arenas also present unique obsticles and challenges, and the environments can sometimes be used to your advantage. If you liked Twisted Metal (who didn't?), you'll love Demolition, and you'll thank me for it later if you ever give it a try.

 

 

Summoner (PS2)

While certainly not the best title for the PS2, I'm surprised that this game didn't get more praise than it received. The game was enjoyable, and the cast of characters was better than I expected. The story is a bit over the top, but not to the point where you role your eyes every time more information is added to the plot. The fact that you possess the ability to summon creatures to aid you is a nice feature, as combat can sometimes be tricky. Overall, it was the best RPG available when the PS2 launched for quite some time, and was extremely fun to play. The Dungeons and Dragons sketch after the credits was hysterical, and a great bonus for finishing the game.

 

 

Beyond Good & Evil (PS2)

This game serves as the greatest example of why release dates matter. A 2003 holiday season release that saw one huge title after the next released was not the best time to try and introduce a new IP. This game had a great story, and the puzzles were some of the best I've faced in a game. The hovercraft minigames were very entertaining, and using the camera as a means to earn in game currency was unique and enjoyable. Beyond Good & Evil is definitely a title you need to check out if you can find it.

 

 

Mad World (Wii)

The fact that this game was neglected by those owners of the Wii who cried out for a more "adult" game is criminal. Mad World is a sandbox beat-'em-up game with great controls and wildly entertaining combat. The story is not exactly one of the best features, but "Bloodbath Challenge" and minigames such as "Man Darts" are even more fun than they sound, which is more than enough to help you look past that fact. With its over-the-top violence and multiple means by which you can bring death to your enemies, this was a title that should have garnered much more attention, as it might have helped bring other mature titles to a system sorely lacking in that area.

 

 

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (Xbox 360)

Bazinga! This game is terrible and deserves every ounce of hate hurled in its direction. Consider me putting this on the list my April Fools gag.

 

What did I leave off this list? Do you have any games that you found great while other didn't? Thanks for reading

 

 

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