We all have our favorite games, and the games we hate, and all those in between – but what about games we never heard about or never even knew existed? What about that games that got some bad scores so you decided not to play them when really they are pretty good? I decided it was time to point out a few of those games, since to be honest – there are way too many to put in one article. These are some games I have played that I felt were looked over and simply underrated.
1. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
This game was overlooked, it seems. There were seemingly only a handful of people who played this game, and the ones who didn’t missed out. Now the game is not at all the best game ever, but it’s pretty darn good. The characters, the scenery, and the story were really something special. I myself didn’t even play this one for a long time, then I looked through my boyfriend’s game collection and saw it. I asked him if it was any good and he said “I don’t know, I haven’t played it yet.” I knew that meant I needed to check it out, I mean I felt bad seeing it just sitting there, unplayed and alone. I fell in love with the game within the first hour of playing it, I can’t explain it, it was just really good. When I beat the game and started asking around and seeing what people thought, I realized hardly anyone I asked had even played it. I went online, not many played it there either. Sadly, it just got overlooked. I hope that more people find this one and give it a shot, it’s totally worth it.
2. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
So sadly, this Castlevania reboot was massively underrated. When it was released, people wrote it off as a God of War clone and said it was not at all good. Well a lot of those people must not have even played it, I mean really? A clone? Any game that is somewhat hack and slash is a clone then… No one seemed to say that about Bayonetta. Anyway, sadly this great game was only truly appreciated by fans of the Castlevania series and some other adventurous people maybe. Castlevania LoS seemed to come and go quickly, which is too bad since it was really a neat game. The story and gameplay were fun and interesting, and that voice cast – Jason Isaacs, Patrick Stewart, and Robert Carlyle? Forget about it! Good stuff, for sure. I hope this game will get it’s time in the spotlight one day, if for nothing else at least for the Castlevania nostalgia factor.
3. Prince of Persia (2008)
This one kills me, I mean this game was so great yet received little to no love from the general population. The gameplay and scenery was stunning, I mean jumping around in a cell shaded utopia of colors and styles. The darkness that is driven away by light, the enemies, it was all very beautiful. Sadly it never took off and fans of the series seemed to write it off as a failure. It’s too bad though, I mean it was far from perfect, but it was definitely very fun. I really enjoyed how you can incorporated the female side character, Elika, into your fighting sequences. Maybe the game was a bit repetitive, but hey, a lot of games are these days. I don’t think a little repetitiveness is a bad think all the time. Many people may not agree with me when it comes to this one and it being undeservingly underrated, but I think it really got overlooked for the wrong reasons.
4. Red Faction: Guerrilla
It may surprise some of you to see this game on a list of underrated games, because it was good and did have a good amount of fans. But did anyone notice how quick the hype died off? You mention Red Faction Guerrilla nowadays and people tend to have no recollection that the game exists. Maybe this was because the story was a little lackluster, but people shouldn’t forget that it was a fantastic open world destructive game with fun gameplay. Being able to destroy anything and everything you see was a fun aspect, and running around the world doing whatever you wanted in the process made the game enjoyable and worth playing. Plus, the multiplayer was great! I mean that kept the game going for a lot of people, but it wasn’t enough. This game has sadly fallen to the depths of forgotten games, and it may have to remain there.
5. Alice: Madness Returns
Here we have sad case of unnecessary bad reviews mucking up the works. When this brilliant sequel to American McGee’s Alice was released, people didn’t seem to know much about other than what a couple of reviews said about it. It was called boring, repetitive, and downright bad – but all of that was a bit much. If people just gave Alice: Madness Returns a chance they would see just how amazing it is. The scenery and color schemes as well as gameplay and storyline were all very beautiful and well thought out by the developers. A lot of time and artwork was put into this game to make it beautiful, dark, creepy, and overall enjoyable. It’s funny that a lot of people who never played it before but are playing it now seem to love it and wonder “Why haven’t I played this before?” Maybe a trend is starting, maybe the word will be spread about this game and more people will give it a chance. I can only hope, those who haven’t played it are seriously missing out.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Now this one didn’t make the main list because it was pretty well received and was played by a lot of people, so it wasn’t necessarily underrated. The reason it’s an honorable mention is mainly due to the lack of buyers at first. This game game out a bad time, less than a month before Mass Effect 3 and a few months after Skyrim, two huge RPG franchises that Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning just didn’t blend with. Sadly because of this it’s take off was slow, but I feel as if it is making it’s way into the hearts of many gamers and hopefully more people will spread the word and promote this game.
Well, that’s all folks! For more information on Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Alice: Madness Returns, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning be sure to check out my reviews here. Happy gaming all, and make sure you let me know in the comments what you think the the most underrated game of this generation!