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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.
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,
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"
Godzilla 2: War of the
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
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:
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
Chex Quest (PC)
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.
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)
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)
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.
Operation Raccoon City (Xbox 360)
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