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 playing.


8-Mad World

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.