Weekend Open Forum: The most underrated video games

By Matthew ยท 86 replies
Aug 20, 2010
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  1. Also,
    vampire the masquerade

  2. Oh, underrated = Okami :-(
  3. Heroes of NewErth
  4. Outcast (Lepta ya ma ganda ha!)
    Omikron: The Nomad Soul
    Tunnel B1
    Space Hulk
    The Legacy of Kane: Soul Reaver (possibly the most well written dialogue of all time for a game - IMHO)
  5. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,673   +989

    MDK was such an awesome game indeed, not sure if it was underrated but it didn't transcend as other franchises.
  6. Somian

    Somian TS Rookie

    without the 20 bugs per minute, it would be the best game ever. For me, this is fallout 3.

    However, the most underrated game is meccommander 2. It's awesome. It creates an incredible atmosphere and you really want to keep the folks down there who are fighting for you alive and well and I can't forget comments "I can see through my armor".

    Also, upgrading the mechs is quite addictive (not as complex as in the Mechwarrior games, though) and the story is actually good. In my opinion.

    And yes, techspot, psyhonaut also is a great game. It may simply be to loony for most people.
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Such a good game. :D But provides a lot of anger too hahaha.
  8. lol, my shoulder is still suffering from mouse-arm syndrome from the hours of Dune all those years ago. :)
  9. American McGee's Alice was great. Some nice little boobs and better up-skirt shot (panty and not ye olde style undergarments) would have been the icing on the cake.

    Far Cry 2 was beat down by others but once you got used to the style it was great. The physics of the game were spot on. It took me 2 goes to get into it.
  10. Undying - IMO, one of the best horror-based games.

    Tron 2.0 - Faithful recreation of the Tron universe, amazing graphics and gameplay.
  11. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    MDK and POD on the pc. 3dfx versions were amazing at the time but POD certainly didnt get alot of recognition.
  12. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    also the Quest series: Quest for Glory (Heroes quest) was AMAZING. And Kings Quest was rad. Police quest was cool too and Space quest was just funny.
  13. Earthbound for the SNES.
  14. Johny47

    Johny47 TS Rookie Posts: 157

    I'm not sure about these games but as they say here goes... Freedom Fighters(back in the days of PS2 etc) this is still my favourite game of all time because everything about it from the really nice feel it gives because of the the setting/atmosphere and the music is just brilliant(by Jesper Kyd) but about half the people I ask if they've played it say no.

    Similar thing with The Punisher(also around the time of the PS2 etc) I asked the same about this game and I mostly had the same answers.

    I think the next Open Forum title should be - Most Overrated games, that should be fun, I know what I would choose for that - modern warfare 2 on s***box 360 hahaha =P
  15. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    I would have to agree with Freespace (1 and 2) and probably add that i felt "Age of Wonders" was completely over looked - at least in the Australian marketplace.

    I've spent years playing that game, it was well made - but i guess it follows the trend of most turn-based games - to the bargain bin :(
  16. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    One game I really enjoyed was Mirror's Edge. It wasn't highly acclaimed or very well accepted by gamers (PC more so) but I found it to be challenging along with having fresh and inventive gameplay. The graphics too were stellar.
  17. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    How about Unreal Tournament 2004?

    That was a fantastic game, Graphics were blistering and the speed of the action was intense! yet I only knew 1 person who has ever heard of it? Also some review sites were a bit harsh on it.
  18. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I would say "Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath" was quite under-rated.
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    I assume you are talking about Bloodlines? There are 3rd-party patches that make the game very playable and enjoyable. The atmosphere and story are fantastic; the technical issues are not completely erased by the patches, but they do improve the game to a large extent.

    The Punisher was one of the best comic-based games ever, IMHO.
  20. superTramp92

    superTramp92 TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I agree that Mega Man Legends 1 & 2 is a very under appreciated game when it has given me such an awesome game-play experience and story line. And another not-so-well known game would have to be Threads of Fate, another good RPG that allows you to choose one of two characters to play as (whose stories are completely different, but connected).
  21. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    I really agree with a couple of posters:

    - Witcher
    - Vampire - bloodlines

    Witcher's marketing was completely botched from the beginning. I guess the publisher thought to ride on the popularity of the books, but I don't think those were published in the US before the game. I am a big fan of the entire book series, but first realized that there was a game when I saw the game on the shelf in WalMart. My wife was pretty upset when I spent next couple of weeks playing it.

    The Bloodlines also drew on pre-existing fan base of the original paper-based RPG. Unfortunately, the bugs ruined the game to most of the people. I, surprisingly, have very few issues with it. That's the game that truly deserves a nice polished sequel. The level of immersion is, IMHO, unsurpassed.
  22. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    I'm not surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet, as it's quite obscure, but I gotta put my vote in for Shadowbane. It's the only MMORPG to exist of its kind, and the best MMORPG ever made.

    Basically, it was full open-world PvP with no hardcoded factions. The entire endgame was player-driven and player-based, no instanced PvE. Players organized into guilds and fought for control of cities that they themselves funded and built. The whole point of playing was for the PvP, and in the last few years, PvE was basically used only to level characters to fight, or to earn gold and resources to train and buy or create gear. It was all about the combat, namely sieging other players' cities to win both territory and e-glory.

    Hard to play, harder to do well in, and with a ridiculously cut-throat community (MW2 has nothing on these people. Some would purposely kill you in a town, then teleport to the random graveyards to find and kill you again, sometimes with the idea of breaking your gear), but for those who enjoyed it, there's nothing that has been able to replace it.
  23. Agreed entirely. The creativity of the weapon system should have received praise; although the story did seem to meander around a little bit at the end for me.

    A couple other titles:
    Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)

    Darkwatch is the most underrated XBox game of all time. The story was rather compelling as you picked your path of good or evil(or attempted both). The weapons were designed to fit the genre well(western/vampire shooter). All weapons had some attachment on them that made you believe the melee was more then a simple "bash". Anything from a dagger on the pistol handle or the axe on the shotgun; there was even a primitive rocket launcher that doubled as a war hammer.

    (on the next one)

    Mystic Quest stands out in my mind for 2 reasons. 1. Great gameplay and 2. It has a grappling hook.
  24. The5Xfactor

    The5Xfactor TS Rookie Posts: 21

    From what I read above, it seems that no one remembers DESCENT !
  25. blue44

    blue44 TS Rookie

    i didn't put soul reaver down because i didn't think anyone would remember it...that's going back a bit...grathics were outstanding for back then...i save all my games (i don't know why) but i still have it....

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