View Full Version : Awesome criminally underated games you like.
04-11-2011, 07:28 AM
The title pretty much describes it.
We all know some games wich are friggin awesome, but are severely underated.
1. Call of Cthulhu - dark corners of the earth (PC)
Seriously, this game is the fucking bomb!
I mean, it has fucking Cthulu in it! CTHULU!!
It has great atmosphere, story and unique gameplay.
the only downside: it's glitchy and buggy like hell, mainly because it's not entirely finished. now i know what you're thinking: "But Baron, if they didn't finish it, why did they release it in the first place?".
well, that's quitte simple. the developer Headfirst, went bankrupt when making this game luckily the game was nearly finished so Ubisoft and Bethesda tought: "you know what, fuck it. the game's nearly finished, we're going to release it anyway."
what's worse is that they originaly planned on making 2 to 3 additional games...
2. Knights in the Nightmare (DS)
This little gem is really something special.
it's a mix between RPG, RTS with some bullethell elements.
As far as i know it's pretty rare too.
Apparently you play the soul of a recently deceased king, and you command an army of the spirits of soldiers fallen in battle. i'm not fucking kidding here, see for yourself and pick it up sometime. might i add that the sprites look simply astonishing?
3. Clive Barker's Undying (PC)
If i was to describe this game with 1 word it would be "creepy".
seriously, the atmosphere in this game is simply frightning, and really helps to set the mood. It contains a lot of Lovecraftian influences (a statue that begs you to kill it by cutting out it's heart, thus flooding the goddamned room with it's blood. seriously, WTF Clive?!)
There's a difference between geniune horror and just being plain disturbing (like, Amnesia: Dark Descent compared to Return to Last Save Point). I might try Undying if it's more on the horror side. Knights in the Nightmare actually looks decent. Call of Cthulhu--how easily modded is it? I'm pretty sure someone could mod some bugfixes in.
I'm gonna risk recommending a game everyone knows about, and say:
CAVE STORY (http://www.cavestory.org/downloads_game.php)
I think it's already been posted in the indie games section, but I'm gonna put it here anyway because it deserves the attention. It's a side-scrolling platformer on the surface, but the story and characters underneath it are just awesome. A very charming, very well-done game.
04-11-2011, 10:52 AM
Call of Cthulhu--how easily modded is it? I'm pretty sure someone could mod some bugfixes in.
Well i forgot to mention that someone DID make a homebrew patch, just google it and you're set.
but it only fixes the real major bugs, such as the game freezing up during the cutscenes.
you will however be seeing floating, talking eyeballs ocasionally, and characters disapearing and re-apearing when you walk away and come back a few seconds later.
And Undying, isn't your typical *takes deep breath* holyshit-a-monster-just-popped-out-off-nowhere-and-i-think-i-just-shat-my-fucking-pants horror (i'm looking at you Doom3). it actually has a decent story. oh and as far as i know it only has 1 jack-in-the-box moment.
Our indie section is in the last forum so yeah, pimp it out!
I'm currently addicted to playing this game. <3 <3
Who can resist tank battles? With Slimes?!
Touch Detective & Touch Detective 2 1/2
Love this series! Quirky characters, stories, and awesome sound track.
04-11-2011, 07:56 PM
1. Call of Cthulhu - dark corners of the earth (PC)
I have this on Xbox, yo, and that version isn't buggy at all! Extremely atnospheric and original, but also has extremely unforgiving gameplay. The health system that gives you realistic wounds like broken bones was (horribly) nice, and the level design is fantastic... Too bad I can never seem to get all that far. x_x
Beaten all of this game up to Ballos' last form. Really don't know why everybody calls it "charming", through... I think the really great areas are the ones that make you feel lonely or isolated. Seriously, through, the game mechanics alone easily let it stand amongst the ranks of the 2D Castlevania or Metroid games. It's bottled brilliance. :3
LEAGUE DOGS! WELCOME TO EARTH!
Really, the entire Armored Core series gets too little appreciation in the west. More than just a robot sim, I describe it as a combination of Mechwarrior, Grand Turisimo and Deus Ex... What other game series actually gives you the option to become the ultimate monster in human history? In a giant nuke-spewing robot no less? The characterisations are always a bit vague, with zero face-to-face conversations ever taking place, but I think that just re-enforces the idea that the pilot is litterally the player. Even "dying" in a mission only really puts you in monetary debt... It's immersive as hell as long as you play "you".
Oh yeah, and the music is fantastic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TokgW2d-p4&feature=related).
Up and comming is AC5, which is apparently going to be an MMO... One which actually encorages you to make money by smashing other collectively-formed player companies. I'm in love already. *_*...
04-11-2011, 09:09 PM
What platforms are AC5 going to be available for?
04-11-2011, 09:11 PM
Phantom dust is the answer to this thread.
04-11-2011, 09:33 PM
Dammit reg I was going to say that. Armored core is amazing but about as user friendly as a flaming cactus chair but when you succeed it's very satisfying, it was YOUR effort and YOUR machine that kicked ass.
BTW reg what system do you have?
Also I like panther better
04-11-2011, 09:39 PM
I love Armored Core series. I just know that AC series doesn't sell well in the west. Too bad really.
04-11-2011, 09:56 PM
@ Hayashida; So far AC 5 is supposedly said to be on xbox360 and PS3. I'd post the current teasers from youtube, but they don't really reveal that much anyway... :/
@ Outcast; As for the difficulty curve, yeah, it can be harsh. It gives you a whole pile of nice tools and no combination is that's really "right"... This sort of thinking allows you to try and kill motherwill with only two kojima fists equiped, mind. :3... I have a 360, also.
@ LVUER; Yeah, guess it IS a mecha series in the end... Just kinda a shame when you think about the fact that transformers game probally made an equal-ish ammount of money to ACFA in some places. Better advertising would be nice, Ubisoft. >_>
04-11-2011, 10:01 PM
Awww that's too bad I was hoping we could play together. *ps3 owner*
Also now I have to try kill motherwill like that. =.=
04-11-2011, 10:31 PM
I don't even have live right now anyway, lul... Meh, may get a PS3 closer to when AC5 comes out, that said.
Anyway. Chill out guys, you're dissproving how underrated it is. XD
04-12-2011, 03:57 PM
Oh yeah, and the music is fantastic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TokgW2d-p4&feature=related)
Thinker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZcJ-Gc2NAc&feature=related) is better http://i.somethingawful.com/forumsystem/emoticons/emot-colbert.gif
Nobody has said God Hand so I'm going to go ahead and say God Hand.
04-19-2011, 09:49 PM
God Hand does look pretty wicked, too be fair, but it seems pretty hard to get hold of here in Englishland. >_>
Slightly related to this thread; Silent Hill 4: The Room.
Okay, so it's extremely tough, the controls are a wee bit dated and the Henry (the main character) comes across as a stoner... But it's still easily the second best Silent Hill game in my opinion. The gameplay is extremely creative, the supporting characters are both well acted and designed, the enviroment (and enemies) are super disturbing, and the music is top-notch as ussual. Everybody praises SH2 and ignores this gem, which is weird because people forget that game got bad ratings aswell when it first came out. >_>
"I feel an evil presence coming from my shoes..."
*Comes back later*
*Shoes are gone* ಠ_ಠ
04-20-2011, 12:04 AM
I wouldn't say Cave Story is underrated. It receives all the praise it deserves. It's pretty much the king of indie games, to this day. I bought Undying after watching the trailer that came with my copy of American McGee's Alice.
The most underrated games I've played are probably:
- Megaman Legends
- Metal Arms
- The majority of Tenchu games
- Outrun 2006
- King of Fighters '06/MI2
- The first Kingdom Hearts
- Valkyrie Profile
- Uprising: Join or Die
- Vantage Master Online (completely neglected, yet one of the best and most intense SRPGs available)
04-20-2011, 11:29 PM
Kung Fu Chaos. It was rad.
04-22-2011, 05:22 PM
I can't get myself to enjoy La Mulana. I heard great things about it, but I can't seem to get past how horribly it plays (because it attempts to emulate an older game). Also, lack of a clear-cut objective makes the hassle of playing almost unbearable.
Someone tell me how I can enjoy this game. =_='
04-22-2011, 05:26 PM
I felt like la mulana was sort of like an inside joke I missed out on.
It was kind of like dark spire on the ds (which coincidentally was super underrated). When I was a kid I was really into first person dungeon crawls and they didn't always play fairly and dark spire was such an accurate throwback complete with unbalanced dungeons and dragons rules. The game sold poorly as far as I know, but if you "got it" it was amazing. I didn't really "get" la mulana.
04-22-2011, 05:31 PM
Srsly. How can you enjoy a game that has such stiff and unresponsive controls? there's at least half a second of lag while surfing menus in La Mulana... The content itself looks amazing; just the mechanics...UGH.
04-22-2011, 05:43 PM
-DBZ Supersonic Warriors (GBA)
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