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Well, since today is gameinformer’s Cult Classics day, I
decided to honor my favorite unpopular games. These ten were either poorly received,
sold poorly, or quickly faded into obscurity. As such, this is a highly personal list that you probably won't agree with. But enough with that, let's dive in.
10-I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
I can easily see why I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream didn’t
do so well back when it was released in 1995. It was a retelling of a very grim
horror story, and this game somehow made it even more depressing and personal. This
game is what I use to judge every other ‘dark’ game, and if you think a game
has been dark before, I implore you to check this game out.
9-No More Heroes II
No More Heroes II plays out like a living, breathing,
Quintin Tarantino flick. It is a gore-fest that’s got stylish combat, but even
better writing and storytelling. Every character is memorable in their own way,
and the game is only bogged down by a terrible final boss. So if you need an
excuse to dust off your Wii, pick this game up at your local store and start
If No More Heroes II is a slick action experience, then Mad
World is a brutal one. Instead of having a samurai-style showdown at dusk, in
Mad World people will get slowly cut down the middle with a chainsaw. It’s a
very raw and powerful action game with my favorite video game art style of all
time that you should pick up with your No More Heroes copy.
7-Star Fox: Assault
Star Fox: Assault is a terrible single player game. The
story mode is boring, repetitive, poorly written, and just overall dull. But if
you grab three friends and jump into the multiplayer mode, you’re in for a
treat. It is hectic and completely unbalanced, just simple dumb fun. And
sometimes, it’s great to just have dumb fun.
6-Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg
Billy Hatcher and the giant egg was a great way for Sonic
Team to say goodbye to making enjoyable games. Ok, yes that may be a bit of a
harsh thing to say, but I truly believe that Billy Hatcher was the last sonic
team game I loved. It’s a charming game that has fantastic level design and a
great hook that hasn’t been done since. It’s pretty cheap on the internet, so I’d
recommend checking it out.
5-American McGee’s Alice
Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories of all
time, and retellings have usually been very weak. However, this take on
Wonderland isn’t sugarcoated or safe, it’s just answering a simple question.
What if wonderland was an evil place that wanted Alice dead? Its gameplay can
be considered passable, but the real star of the show is the atmosphere. Everything
is retold in a terrifying way, but the best part is that you can get it for 10
dollars on the PSN store.
4-Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest IX is truly an evolution of the JRPG. While
Final Fantasy is only getting more boring and archaic, its sister franchise is
just growing. Dragon Quest IX is powered by variety. At one moment you’re
solving mysteries in a harry-potter like academy, and the next you’re doing
slave labor while plotting to escape your captors. It’s just a great experience
that everybody should check out for their DS.
3-Hitman: Blood Money
Yes, this and the next game on this list are really pushing
the ‘cult classics’ definition, but I’m sure they count. Hitman: Blood Money
was a hit among stealth fans, but it’s quickly been forgotten. It’s certainly
not a game for everybody, because it’s based around trial and error. The more
you play a level, the easier it will become until you can find your away around
a map and assassinate targets blindfolded. Yes, it will take a lot of effort,
but the payoff is wonderful.
2-Sly 2: Band of Thieves
This entry is really pushing it. Sly 2: Band of Thieves is
usually praised as one of the greatest PS2 games of all time, but it has faded
into obscurity way too quickly. It’s an open world platformer/stealth hybrid
that is fantastically written and paced. The story is charming, the platforming
is tight, and the stealth is modified to actually fit in with the platforming.
It’s a great platformer that I consider to be the end of the 3D Platformer’s
reign. While Super Mario Galaxy and Sly 4 would later come on to continue the
legacy of 3D platformers, Sly 2 is what I consider the genre’s Swan Song. If
you even passably like 3D platformers, play this game.
1-Little King’s Story
Some people complain about the Wii’s lack of 3rd
party games. But as I’ve proved earlier the Wii does have some great 3rd
party titles, and one of them happens to be in my 3rd favorite Wii
game of all time. Yes, it’s better than Skyward Sword. It’s better than Super
Mario Galaxy 2. And it’s even better New Super Mario Bros Wii. Little King’s
Story has everything a good game should have. It’s charming and colorful, but
also dark and satirical. It’s fun and creative, but also difficult and
strategic. Everything is fantastic about this game, but it sold poorly and I
seem to be the only one in my circle of friends who’s even heard of it. So go
and pick it up right now, even turn in some games to gamestop. It’s not only a
great game, it’s a great experience.