8 Ridiculously Underrated Games

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8 Ridiculously Underrated Games

These eight games never got the attention they deserved. Well, until now, anyway.

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Oh yeah, Alpha Protocol. So good, despite its generous helping of flaws. And it has the delightful Steve Heck in it. Where's muh Beta Protocol: Heck To Pay?

As for Beyond Good and Evil, surely not THAT underrated? I haven't played it myself, but never heard less than glowing references.

Holy crap, finally! Finally someone who agrees that BioShock 2 is the best of the...well, two. Infinite can go take a long walk off a short cliff. But I'd also humbly add Vanquish, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Dead Space 3, and Deadly Premonition.

Beyond good and evil is not underrated, its just ignored by ubisoft. Every time theres any sort of sequel topic everyone wants a sequel of BG&E.

Alpha protocol was good.... but very buggy, like all obsidian games. It could use a sequel, or at least another game that's completely unrelated but uses the same systems.

Why do people hate Bioshock 2!? It's a great game! The only complaint I've ever heard is that you have to protect little sisters while they gather and I don't get it. It's a fun side quest thing that you can either do smash and bash style or sneaky trap layer or both. Or, you could just not do them, kill the little sister or just throw her in the closest hole, all you'd lose is a little adam. The only real weakness I see in that game is that, I at least, was ridiculously powerful in the final level and felt like I couldn't die, but that was probably due to my build being extremely tanky. Plus infinite made Bioshock 2 better because it hints that Delta is Dewitt which just makes the whole game more interesting.

LysanderNemoinis:
Holy crap, finally! Finally someone who agrees that BioShock 2 is the best of the...well, two. Infinite can go take a long walk off a short cliff. But I'd also humbly add Vanquish, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Dead Space 3, and Deadly Premonition.

Vanquish, yes. God yes.

Homecoming and DS3..... no. Homecoming is objectively bad with countless bugs in its main structure, storytelling with more plot holes than even the original Mass effect 3 ending and just being plain dumb makes that game terrible. I played DS3 with a friend and its pretty bad, mostly boring but this is purely subjective. By the time we got to the planet we wanted to quit but we kept going just to spite the game and say we finished the slog.

Deadly premonition isn't underrated! Jim sterling carried it through the journalistic muck on his giant shoulders and showed us all how great that game was. I have never heard a bad thing about that game in my life from anyone that played for more than 30 minutes. Thank god for Jim.

Damn, Impossible Creatures...thats a nostalgia hit and a half. Pity it seems to be crazy hard to get a legit copy of these days unless you want to pay silly money.

"Obsidian's spy story is decidedly not a great FPS, something the marketing team would have done well to emphasize." Considering Alpha Protocol's combat is in third-person, I would say that is self-evident. Lack of polish aside, that game had so much going for it. I'd definitely fancy a game featuring the duo of SIE and Heck.

Nier? I bought it alongside Alpha Protocol with fairly equal results.

I wanted to play Bioshock 2, but I've seen what hacking in that game looks like. Or rather, I actually haven't seen what it really looks like because I'm colorblind. Given the importance of hacking in the prior game I decided to take a pass on the sequel and save myself the frustration.

Alpha Protocol was... interesting? The gameplay was kinda awful, there were an unusual amount of bugs even for an Obsidian game, the skills weren't particularly balanced, and the main character's dialogue and voice acting were Deus Ex-level incompetent... but everything else was pretty cool. It's a game that I'd really love to see a fixed remaster of, or a better-made sequel.

I agree with a couple of these. "Impossible Creatures" and "Evil Genius" are quite underrated. However, if I may add a couple that I feel are underrated. "Folklore" One hell of an action RPG, with two equally bad-ass characters, and a great story (That I'll be revisiting after I'm done with "Legend of Dragoon"). Shy that, I can't think of any other game that is underrated...

Bioshock 2 is one of my favourite games, and I do consider it the best in the series.

I'd have to say as far as underrated games go, Resident Evil 6. It's got the same campy story you'd expect from a Resident Evil. Things going from creepy to over the top. Pretty much all of them do it. Resi 1 after the hunters are released. Resi 2 with the sewer alligator. Resi 3's nemesis. Resi 4, pretty much all the main bosses have a build up to them. Resi 5's jet to volcano fight. Resi 6's... well the whole thing.

To think about it. Resi 0 did a fake out with the train. Creepy to over the top fast, then creepy again for a slow build up.

Tuesday Night Fever:
I wanted to play Bioshock 2, but I've seen what hacking in that game looks like. Or rather, I actually haven't seen what it really looks like because I'm colorblind.

There's an improvement in the patch. If understand correctly, if you're on a console, you'll have to get the DLC to get the patch, but on the PC it should come in automatically. source

Pyrian:

Tuesday Night Fever:
I wanted to play Bioshock 2, but I've seen what hacking in that game looks like. Or rather, I actually haven't seen what it really looks like because I'm colorblind.

There's an improvement in the patch. If understand correctly, if you're on a console, you'll have to get the DLC to get the patch, but on the PC it should come in automatically. source

Interesting. Guess I'll be adding that back onto my Steam wishlist and keeping an eye out for it during the next big sale. Much appreciated!

Evil Genius is a fantastic game. My only qualm with is is that it didn't have a "free build" mode (that I could find anyway. Help an evil genius out?). It's a lot more fun if you have a cat that just KNOWS when you're playing it and likes to sit on your lap as you do so.

Evil Genius never got the love it so deserved for its humor and style

Nice to see another fan of CoJ:BiB. My only beef with the games is the unskippable duels that have to be exactly timed near the end and it's incredibly frustrating to replay the same duel 15 times in a row because you didn't have EXACT timing. It's never explained why you can't just skip them or cheat(draw before the bell), other then the game won't let you.

Yeah, I'm gonna have to add to the voices who don't really think 'Beyond Good and Evil' belongs on this list. That game has been so highly praised for being one of the most underrated games of all time that I think it's actually swung completely around and is now mildly overrated. I only got around to playing it a few months ago, and it was a good game, but doesn't quite live up to the hype I've seen for it over the years.

Bioshock is my favorite video game series of all time, followed closely by the Arkham series. Oddly enough the third games for both series were lacking. Anyway, Bioshock stands at the top in terms of atmosphere. It does such a good job at making an empty world feel full of life and culture. It doesn't need to rely on massive scale or cheap tricks to do so either. I'd almost argue that it is the epitome of level design. Almost.

Bioshock 2 was an excellent edition to the series. The story may have been a bit different, but that's not always a bad thing. The world was still gorgeous, the gameplay felt tight, and it does what very few games have ever made me do - it made me care about the world I was in.

I don't think Beyond Good & Evil is underrated - it's a cult classic. I'm completely on board with Bioshock 2, though, I'm one of the only people I know who thought it was great.

Almost a perfect list, Bioshock 2 is also my favourite, but Nier should have been included.

snekadid:
I played DS3 with a friend and its pretty bad, mostly boring but this is purely subjective. By the time we got to the planet we wanted to quit but we kept going just to spite the game and say we finished the slog.

The thing about DS3 was not that it was a good survival horror game. To the contrary it's an absolutely atrocious survival horror game.
The fun of DS3 was crafting the most ridiculously overpowered weapons imaginable.
It out Borderlanded Borderlands.
Running around with an functionally unlimited clip chain gun with underslung rocket launcher, is the kind of mindless fun that I enjoyed greatly.
And the fact that the game tries to scare you, while your one shotting everything with a double barreled stasis sniper rifle just reinforces that you're getting one over the developers and is a far more gratifying power fantasy than most games out there.

Bioshock 2 wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't anywhere near as awesome as Bioshock was. We brush it under the rug because its the annoying middle child, not as innovative or as different as the original nor as different and enjoyable as Infinite. It was just Bioshock with a weird multiplayer system tacked onto it.

For me it has to be:
Prototype - there still isn't an open-world superpowers game that lets you eat people and turn into them.
Prototype 2 - definitely the best sequel I ever played, because while playing it I never found myself missing anything and found it to
be an improvement on all levels.
Crackdown 2 - People hate this for some reason even though it has more weapons, more toys, 4-player co-op, a city full of zombies,
more vehicles (helicopters!), more thought put into the story, and more abilities (wingsuit + ground pound are awesome)
Fable 3 - Has more content, choices, and story than Fable 1, still regarded as worse than Fable 1. Lolwut? Plus, it had a much more
nuanced villain than Fable 1 and 2. And that sequence in the darkness after you get shipwrecked was leaps and bounds above
anything offered in Fable 1 and 2 as well (a main villain who you beat twice, stilted voice acting, everyone just ending up
wearing/doing the same thing because only numbers matter in 1, so everyone just wore plate armour and levelled up strength).
Dragon Age 2 - It got a 5/5 on The Escapist. People still have a conniption whenever it's name begins to be uttered.
Brutal Legend (still) - Only the trv and kvlt would understand why it is the greatest thing to happen to gaming.
Postal 3 - yes, it has utter and blatant contempt for the player. yes, it is completely unoptimized. yes, the controls suck ass. yes,
it's still gloriously offensive in the best way.
Bulletstorm - skillshots really need to be more prevalent in shooters because that was so fun.

Micah Weil:
Evil Genius is a fantastic game. My only qualm with is is that it didn't have a "free build" mode (that I could find anyway. Help an evil genius out?). It's a lot more fun if you have a cat that just KNOWS when you're playing it and likes to sit on your lap as you do so.

Closest thing I got to a "freebuild" mode is an exploit.

In the tutorial, there's a point where you need to bring a maid over to train your worker to become a valet. The game gives you world map access for this. However, the World map is a tad broken. You could make hallways of lockers for your minions, and send every last one to places to steal cash. It gets to the point where if you idle long enough, you can have billions of dollars. EDIT: And not a single agent of justice will look sideways at you.

Is it Freebuild? Well, no. But I've found it to make the game more fun.

TheSYLOH:

snekadid:
I played DS3 with a friend and its pretty bad, mostly boring but this is purely subjective. By the time we got to the planet we wanted to quit but we kept going just to spite the game and say we finished the slog.

The thing about DS3 was not that it was a good survival horror game. To the contrary it's an absolutely atrocious survival horror game.
The fun of DS3 was crafting the most ridiculously overpowered weapons imaginable.
It out Borderlanded Borderlands.
Running around with an functionally unlimited clip chain gun with underslung rocket launcher, is the kind of mindless fun that I enjoyed greatly.
And the fact that the game tries to scare you, while your one shotting everything with a double barreled stasis sniper rifle just reinforces that you're getting one over the developers and is a far more gratifying power fantasy than most games out there.

See, I can understand your point, but personally I still disagree because the enemies weren't threatening at any point. Making a great weapon to blast crap enemies is setting up 100 dominoes that at the end just fall over and don't spell or activate anything. It was absolutely crap survival horror and we didn't go in expecting otherwise. We got it in the EA humble bundle and thought "O well, COOP, lets give it a try" and it was just so boring. The only interesting part was the carter insanity sections and that's because as Isaac I had no idea what was going on and that was fun. Otherwise it was blast enemies that didn't have a chance and if they managed to hit us use the endless supply of medkits they force fed us.

I'm not saying it's impossible to have fun playing it, just that it is not an underrated game. It got exactly what it deserved in terms of acclaim considering DS 1&2 were such great games(regardless of genre).

StatusNil:
As for Beyond Good and Evil, surely not THAT underrated? I haven't played it myself, but never heard less than glowing references.

Yeah, "underrated" isn't really a good descriptor. It got glowing reviews all around, but there wasn't well marketed, and it didn't sell. It also famously got released at the same time as the Sims expansion pack, so it serves as immortal reference for anyone making the "people be stoopid and easily amused" argument.

I was one of the people who bought BG&E at launch, on the strength of a gushing review, and I THINK a game demo.

Lemme guess, this will contaqin a bunch of games that were rated highly by critics and thus are not overrated by definition, but did, in fact, undersell, and the writer thinks those two terms are synonymous.

Oh, what a complete non shock.

You want to know what an actual underrated game is? The Order 1886. By definition - its rated higher by its players than it was by critics so it is therefore by the meaning of the term rated under its actual value.

Wow Sid Meier's Sim Golf......That game was good.

Haven't thought about that game for a long time now. I think I got it for free when Pizza hut was doing one of their weird game deals for buying some variety of pizza.

Funnily that same deal got me into Ice hockey.
Every time I watch the Red wings now I have to yell DATSYUK! every time he touches the puck.

I like the idea of alpha Protocol, the game itself is a flat as cardboard. I enjoy the rpg stuff in it anyway, wish they would do another one, maybe a little more born conspiracy, or Tom Clancy

maddawg IAJI:
Bioshock 2 wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't anywhere near as awesome as Bioshock was. We brush it under the rug because its the annoying middle child, not as innovative or as different as the original nor as different and enjoyable as Infinite. It was just Bioshock with a weird multiplayer system tacked onto it.

True. When the most remarkable aspect of your game is a piece of DLC, you know your game was pretty unremarkable. The only place I see Bioshock 2 really get any good press is when people talk about how to do DLC right, and 'Minerva's Den' comes up.

Orbot_Vectorman:
I agree with a couple of these. "Impossible Creatures" and "Evil Genius" are quite underrated. However, if I may add a couple that I feel are underrated. "Folklore" One hell of an action RPG, with two equally bad-ass characters, and a great story (That I'll be revisiting after I'm done with "Legend of Dragoon"). Shy that, I can't think of any other game that is underrated...

I hear a lot of people talk about Folklore. Gonna have to look that one up.

For me, the thing that bothered me about Brutal Legend was that it seemingly was more marketed as a zeldaesque adventurey hack n slash, and it was for a little bit when I first played it. Then the RTS kicked in for the 2nd part, the majority of the game, and I hate RTS. If it had stayed as the open world hack and slash, I would have enjoyed it a ton more.

Brutal Legend was the game that taught me to always, always read more into games that seem interesting, and never buy on release.

Beyond good and evil is something that Ive always heard was good, I keep meaning to pick it up during various sales, but never seem to.

This is a fantastic list, real spot on. These games need more love!

EDIT: And I just gotta say, though I've said it before, Bioshock 2's multiplayer was not only underrated, but one of the best examples of multiplayer narrative I have ever seen. Titanfall wishes it could have been as good.

Sid Meier's Sim Golf... yeah
Because Golf and Sims game need more focusing on.

In my opinion one of the most underrated games around is Shadow of Memories/Shadow of Destiny on the PS2. Its got bizarre adventure game logic and takes a little time. But its a wonderful take on the solving my own murder mystery genre.

Whenever I see 'underrated' I always think of Enslaved: Oddessy to the West. This was an awesome game too, but was dwarfed by other releases. Then I saw that randomly the 'commandments of Doodad's' CM comic was linked to this as 'related content'! :P Probably because of the word 'underrated'.

Another forgotten gem that I like to revisit is Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. This is the closest game there is to the actual franchise. The Forgotten Tales game is good, but I see that as more of an interactive story as opposed to a game. The ability to make your own park is exactly what you want in a JP game, and then saving park goers from escaped dinos with a sniper rifle is the other half of what you want!

I definitely agree with the ones on here I have played; which happens to be the first 5. The others I will have to check out.

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