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This is my list of the top 10 most underrated games that I have played. Some of these games may not have been great, but they are not as bad as what most people say they are.
#10 - Contra Force (Nes)
Okay, this is not a great game but it is also not the worst Contra game. This game is very reminisce of Gladius or Life Force. It is a huge departure from the first two Contra games but it still had its fun moments. Three out of the four characters are fun to play and the top down levels are the highlight. This game unfortunately has the worst lag I have ever seen in a video game, but once you get a feeling of how the game is, it is actually a really fun game. Check this game out and play it with an open mind.
#9 - Castlevania 64 (N64)
Again, like Contra Force, this game is not as bad as most people say it is. I agree that the camera is broken but this was still the beginning of the 3D age. Yes, Mario 64 came out three years before this game but it also suffered from camera issues. I believe if this game was remade in this day with two joy sticks, they would be able to easily fix the camera issue. The game had great graphics for the time, some creepy enemies and an interesting storyline.
#8 - Tenchu 3:Wrath of Heaven (PS2)
Tenchu these days may have lost its magic, but there was a time when Tenchu was mentioned in the same sentence as Metal Gear Solid. Tenchu 3: Wrath of Heaven is the Master of Puppets of this series. This game featured awesome stealth kills, a cool villain (Onikage ), some cool CGI cut scenes, and even an interesting storyline. Unfortunately the enemy AI is pretty bad but if you can overlook it, you won't feel like you wasted an afternoon.
#7 - Batman (NES)
Before Batman Arkham Asylum, this 1990 game for the Nintendo was the best Batman game released at the time. This game truly made you felt you were Batman. You can use a few Bat weapons and even jump from wall to wall like the ninja that Batman is. The music is also awesome and the game featured Ninja Gaiden like cut scenes. This game is pretty hard and has some cheap parts, but overall this is still one of the few Nes games that I still go back and play.
# 6 - Shadow of Rome (PS2)
This gem was released by Capcom during the final year before Playstation 3, and it was one of their last great releases for the Playstation 2. This game, along with Manhunt, is the most violent game I have ever played. You can cut guys' bodies in half, cut off their arms and beat them with it, and smash their heads like watermelons with giant, out of this world weapons.This game had great graphics, decent voice acting, and a good storyline. Some of the stealth sections are a little tedious but it is never to the point of wanting to quite the game. This is truly a great game. Check this one out if you are interested in blood and a lot of guts.
# 5 - Brutal Legends (PS3)
This one makes me sad because Brutal Legends is such a good game yet was a financial failure. If you love metal at all, you will fall in love with this game. The soundtrack is amazing. I only wish Metallica was on this soundtrack. The voice acting is also very good and the storyline is a satire of the modern "metal" scene. The action is okay, it consist of standard hack and slash and some tower defense type game play. If you do play this game, play it for the story. This game is truly heavy metal.
# 4 - Fatal Frame 2 : Crimson Butterfly (PS2)
This game is overshadow by Resident Evil but the Fatal Frame series run circles around Resident Evil in terms of horror. I love Resident Evil (Resident Evil 2 is my favorite game of all time) but Fatal frame truly affects you in a psychological level. The second one, Fatal Frame 2, is the best of the series. The graphics is still amazing, the sound design is excellent, and even the storyline is great. The only bad thing about this game are the controls, but once you get a feel of how it works, it won't be a thing. This game deserves to be played by anybody who love Japanese horror or just plain horror. I also love the theme "Chou" written by Amano Tsukiko.
# 3 - Onimusha 2 : Samurai's Destiny (PS2)
This game is the black sheep of the Onimusha series, but it is not a bad game by any means. This game had great graphics that still amazes me to this day. I remember buying this game and being blown away by the graphics. This game basically takes elements from RPGs, Action, Survival Horror, and mixes them all together. The final product, in my opinion, is a masterpiece. This game reminds me of Resident Evil 2, which had multiple story lines that requires multiple play through to experience the whole adventure. The music is also excellent. Give this game a chance and you might end up loving it like I did. This game was my first PS2 game I ever bought and I still play it to this day.
# 2 - Suikoden 3 (PS2)
Suikoden 2 is the best of the series but this one is my favorite. The storyline is amazing in this game. It is one of the best video game storyline I have ever experienced. The battle system is traditional turn base but instead of having one person attack at once, you now attack as a group of two. The only bad thing about this game is the soundtrack, which I do not remember much of. If you love JRPGs at all, you must play this game. The story is about as good as Final Fantasy X.
# 1 - Illusion of Gaia
This game is truly a lost masterpiece. This is one of the most philosophical games I have ever played. It is pretty much a Legend of Zelda clone, but in my opinion, has a better storyline than any Zelda game. The music in this game is also very memorable, which has one of the saddest songs I have ever heard in a video game. The ending of this game will either make you cry or give you goosebumps. This is such an amazing game that should be play by more people. Check out the song "Earthen Womb" and tell me that doesn't make your eyes watered.