Five underrated and underplayed PC games

By Jos ยท 21 replies
May 19, 2014
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  1. With Thief breaking hearts and Titanfall not quite taking off in traditional Call of Duty fashion, we're actually in a bit of a lull as far as good games go. Watch Dogs is on the way, as is Dark Souls...

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  2. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 296   +125

    I own all of them other than Remember Me (Sorry, bad writing/acting is a no go in my book.) The other games are all top notch. Shadow Warrior really needs a compass or something to help you find a few areas that aren't particularly noticeable. Other than that it's a solid game. FEAR 3 is best in series. The story arc follows the previous game, so it makes sense, the dialogue is good, and it's fun to play (Think COD with better AI, and superpowers... so pretty much what COD should have evolved in to by now.) I personally preferred DA2 over DA:O. I found it better to play on console with a controller however. Combat is more engaging. DA: O is better on PC. As for Bioshock 2 I agree. I started it, played it for a bit and got board, but eventually went back and played it through. I'd say about 1/2 in the story starts pulling you in, and has a great ending.

    I would add Singularity, Spec Ops: The Line, Telltale's Sam & Max games, Alan Wake, and Brutal Legend to the list. Each game is far better than most people would expect.
  3. trgz

    trgz TS Addict Posts: 221   +50

    Tried to play Fear3 as SP and as co-op and it generally sucked - painfully linear punctuated with frustrating 'entrapment areas' (or whatever they're called in FPS design) - fell way short of the original and any of the other preceding games in my opinion. Bioshock 2 was rather good though. Like theBest11778 said, I also don't do bad story writing so I'll not be trying Remember me even if it does look pretty - and I'm not great with sword-based games so I doubt I'll ever try the other two.
    Always useful to see these kind of articles though.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    Is Dragon Age II available at Steam? If it is, I'm over looking it.
  5. QuaZulu

    QuaZulu TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +10

    I don't think DAII is available on Steam - EA has been flogging Origin ever since DAII's release.

    I got DAII right when it was released. That was a mistake. Act 1 was good...and then things went downhill from there. Act IV had non finished quests and was scant indeed. That was incredibly disappointing to me. I've played the game since and they've fixed Act IV even if it is still quite scant.

    Almost as disappointing as shipping an unfinished game is the "cutesy" writing of the script. EA seems to want to give a non-typical gaming story. The story is so dark, such a downer that it has been the thing that sticks with me the most. I don't want to give spoilers but the game story left me alternately frustrated, shocked, horrified, heart-broken...and not in a "fun" way. I guess games are escapism for me. If I want to get the emotions of DAII I'll watch the news. For me that's the biggest difference from DAI to II - feeling triumphant vs. crushed...kinda like what happend with Mass Effect 2 and 3. I've got an eye on DAIII...but will by no means be an early buyer. EA has burned me too often for that.
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +218

    Hmm I would say

    Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare (Fun fps with more depth then first meets the eye.) idk if its released on pc yet.

    Chivalry medieval warfare (Medieval combat game where you manually block and aim.)

    Castle storm (fun little game that combines elements of many mini games into one.)

    are great under rated and unknown games.
  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,648   +1,091

    besides castle storm the other are extremely popular and get tons of attention. most definitely not underrated.
  8. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 354   +116

    Both DA2 and Dark Souls 2 are not as good as their predecessors, but man, they're great games. In my opinion, DA2 is almost 100% inferior to Origins, but DS2 had some serious improvements over the first.

    The Soul series is not only a love letter to anyone who likes dark medieval rpg, but also the ultimate lesson in pain.

    I'm sorry for those who jumped on the hate bandwagon and missed on some great games, such as Crysis 2...
  9. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    DA2 was just boring. The very fact that I completely forgot the story and the ending by now is telling enough.

    Crysis 2 really sucked. Maybe I am not really a fan of FPS anymore.
  10. money

    money TS Enthusiast Posts: 45   +9

    Remember Me is terrible. Shadow Warrior simply isn't fun. The other 3 are cheap tries to cash in on established franchises.
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  11. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    Really? You're going to use Crysis 2 as a bench mark for "great games". First Crysis, free roaming (or at least you could attack any objective anyway you wanted) , graphics that have stood the test of time and really pushed the envelop in its day.

    Crysis 2, when it was released it was simply to prove consoles could run the new cryengine as on PC it actually looked considerably worse than the first, only after they patched in the high res graphics later down the line did it get any better. Now you had corridors to the same objective, the freedom was gone to do what you liked, they toned down the Physics considerably, I quite enjoyed punching trees into small chunks because I could! The story got confusing and you ended up playing as just a generic solder from a random Sub.

    Crysis 2 is also the single biggest reason I do not pre-order games any more, I even took the day off for the day of release so I could play it, biggest disappointment in gaming history.
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  12. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    DA2 was really underwhelming. They made such a big deal about the city being the setting, but the dungeons or whatever were really dull and repetitive and the city changed little over the many years that the story takes place. Everything outside the city looked like trash, even worse than DA:O. I liked a few of the characters, but the rest were crap. Being told all game that "all blood mages must die" then not being able to kill off the one party member who is a blood mage was pretty dumb considering that you could unwittingly fight and kill one of the best party members in DA:O before they join you. The story was okay, but they went overboard with the "illusion of choice" thing. Shouldn't even bother with dialogue at that point. The combat was generally fun since I didn't get bent out of shape over the "respawning" enemies and stabbing dudes so hard that they explode was so dumb it was good.

    Crysis 2 felt like it was 1/3 of a game/comic/novel cross-media event, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't. I didn't give a crap about the story or characters and by the end I was just stealthing past everything so I could finish the game and be done with it.
  13. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Out of all the choices, I loved Remember me the most of those games listed (Though I only have Bioshock 2 and Dragon Age II). That is a very interesting and fun story game to play!
  14. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    I definitely concur with the Bioshock 2 recommendation. I think in many ways it was better than the first.

    And also agree with Burty117's take on Crysis 2. It was crap compared to the original. Just your run-of-the-mill compartmentalized shooter.
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  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I agree.
  16. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    I have played dragon age 2 though I have not played origins. The thing I find problematic with these games the balance between classes like warrior and mage its just not there.
  17. How I didn't knew about the shadow warrior?
  18. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    I played Remember Me on PS3. I rather not remember.

    Bioshock 2 was just a cash in, as someone else mentioned. The first Bioshock still has one of the best collectors set of any game (a pewter Big Daddy) and the second replaced that with...a record. In addition, 2K hyped that you get to play as a Big Daddy as opposed to some human, but then you would be forgiven that you move just like you're a human protagonist and die like one.

    The only other one I've played was Dragon Age II, but that game suffered from monotonous repetition of dungeons, graphics and missions. I sincerely hope that Dragon Age 3 does not follow that same formula.
  19. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 569   +25

    No wonder, the best part of that game was the draw dropping visuals and well the ps3 is crap
  20. Mike Gray

    Mike Gray TS Member

    Cool article - particularly since I just finished my virgin playthrough of DA2. And I loved it. I actually liked it better than Origins. I enjoyed Origins, but you can only do so many epics. For my tastes, the DA2 story gave me a sense of organic development; it's more a coming-of-age thing - with an ending that nonetheless has huge implications for Thedas as a whole. And, while I found the ending heart-breaking, I also found it very believable. (I wished to heck that I'd been paying closer attention to the long-term, erratic behavior of one of my friends.)

    P.S. Mind you, the re-cycled dungeon thing. Meh. Do that in a Skyrim mod, and you'd get boo'd off of Nexus.
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  21. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 551   +26

    Sorry but I have to disagree with the article a bit, in my opinion FEAR 3 isn't underrated at all. It might have some fun game modes but that's not the first thing that you test when you play a game, the first thing is the story (single or coop). It was basically the first fps game that I have ever played on an xbox...and all I had ever played on xbox back then was occasionally some fighting games...but to the point. I wasn't used to the controller, to aim with one stick and walk with an other, and then there was the problem with inverted controls, couldn't get used to it either way. I played the game in coop on the supposedly hardest mode which is available in the beginning and yet it only took me n my friend less than 6h to complete the game...there was no challenge and it was short...and when I say short I really mean short, like short without "hort", just "s"...
    The disappointment was huge, and still is :(
  22. You're way off the mark with F3AR, that was easily the worst in the series and horribly dumbed down, not worth playing at all.

    Dragon Age 2 is a worthless pile of crap, they completely abused the intellectual property of the Dragon Age Origins universe to make this, almost all the hardcore fans of the first hate the sequel, for good reason.

    Shadow warrior and Bioshock 2 I'd have to agree with however, they're not amazing games but they're a lot better than critics and some gamers would have you believe.

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