30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 3: A Game That Is Underrated

The underrated game, a term quite loosely and flagrantly thrown around at times, but have you ever picked up a game, played the living hell out of it, enjoyed every second of it, opened your browser(s), and found that the game you were playing was being unanimously torn apart across the internet? Or have you ever played a diamond of a game which didn’t quite catch the attention of mainstream gamers? We at ITF Gaming have each played our own personal favourites which we believe were harshly overlooked, and here is our list of titles that we perceive to be underrated!

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Brady:

A game that I thought was rather underrated was The Darkness. It was a first-person shooter but offered so much more of an experience than that of the average FPS these days. I’ll admit that the multiplayer portion of the game wasn’t really that great, but the origin story of how Jackie Estacado came to encounter the power of the Darkness was brilliant. The gameplay had a few repetitious parts here and there but you got to choose between dual wielding guns or ripping apart enemies with the tentacles of the Darkness. Minions known as Darklings could also be summoned to help out if a situation called for a bit of backup.

The Darkness
Darryl:

When it comes to a video game being underrated the only one that seems to come to mind is Resident Evil 6. Let’s face it – Resident Evil 6 had its issues; however, it still exceeded my overall expectations. I honestly thought it was gonna be pretty much on par with the rather horrific Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, which was mind numbing at times. I must admit that it did excel in certain areas; however, it failed to deliver in others. For those of you looking for a great game to play that delivers four unique campaigns in one shot then Resident Evil 6 is not to be missed.

Resident Evil 6

Tracy:

FTL (Faster Than Light). It’s a serious gem of an indie game that’s flown under a lot of radars. It’s a combination of top-down RTS, simulation and rogue-like dungeon crawler, but in space! It’s the kind of game you sit down to play for five minutes but lose three hours to.

Faster Than Light
Bracken:

My choice for an underrated title would certainly have to go to a personal favourite of mine, Tim Schafer’s Brütal Legend. This light-hearted action/adventure-crossed-with-strategy-elements captured me with its surprisingly captivating narrative, stylised heavy-metal environments and addictive gameplay and didn’t let go until 20 hours later, when all the side quest were finished, all the music unlocked and the main storyline beaten.

Brutal Legend
William:

Generally there are bad games and good games. The bad ones get slated by 90 percent of the populace and the good ones explode into popularity. Sometimes, there are games that manage not to bomb out completely, but that also don’t get the recognition they deserve. Evil Dead: Hail to the King had all of the right makeup, but didn’t get the attention it deserved. Released for the Playstation, by Heavy Iron Studios and THQ, it was extremely similar to Silent Hill and Resident Evil, yet enjoyed none of the same success. You’d think that a survival horror revolving around one of the original badass protagonists of all time would sell. Hopefully the upcoming remake of the film that it was based on will prompt another great game!

Evil Dead

So what did you find to be a highly underrated title in your collection? Were you a singular supporter of Singularity, with its quirky handheld time manipulation mechanics? Or did you prefer the time-bending of TimeShift, which placed you in a suit for the same purpose? If not, did you believe Aliens: Colonial Marines and Duke Nukem Forever were both hidden gems – or shining turds, at any rate? Let us know in the comments!

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  • http://egmr.net/author/cavie Caveshen Rajman

    Game of Thrones RPG. The one from last year. I feel that it’s got one of the best stories I ever played in a game, and it’s got decent combat as well. The visuals and sounds are, at times, atrocious, but then we never expected a triple-A experience with the game, and as such, barely anyone played it and the game was immediately dismissed to the land of the mediocre, when it really doesn’t deserve that billing at all.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I never ended up getting it on special. I waited and got Sleeping Dogs cheap.

      The irony is that SD went on PS Plus the next month, so I should’ve gone for GoT. I still want to try it, but it’ll only be if I find it for a low price somewhere.

      • http://egmr.net/author/cavie Caveshen Rajman

        If I ever get it back from Thabo, I’d be happy to lend it to you. :)

        • CataclysmicDawn

          I will pay you one million Monopoly monies.
          Then get hopelessly in debt, because I have the old Monopoly, which only has like 12000 Monopoly Monies.

  • Michael Garvie

    Psychonauts. Do yourself a favour and google that. When I saw it for the
    first time I thought it was just another one of those indie games that
    try, make you smile and then you’re on to the next one. But alas, I’ve
    finished it repeatedly and it’s still fun everytime. Really good game.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      Psychonauts as in Tim Schafer’s Psychonauts that is desperately begging for a sequel?

      • Michael Garvie

        The very one. :D

  • Nicola Dee

    I would say Eternal Sonata. The game was educational, interesting, fun to play and the gameplay was not complex. I am a music lover so learning about Chopin this way to me was awesome.

    • http://www.itfgaming.com/ Darryl Linington

      I really enjoyed Eternal Sonata… one of my fonder memories of gaming.

  • Yashaar Mall

    Mafia 2 for me. I know it was short, and not as expansive as a GTA game for example, I really loved the story and the gameplay. It was a game I expected to find really average, but i found out that I actually loved it.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I think on the other end of the scale, GTA IV suffered from being huge with nothing really entertaining to do. I never played Mafia II, but I remember it at rAge 2010.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brendon.bosch Brendon Bosch

    I`m with Darryl on Resident Evil 6. While playing it it`s an enjoyable game. The co-op is really good and yes it isnt scary but it was interesting to play

    • http://www.itfgaming.com/ Darryl Linington

      I actually loaned it to a friend who also really enjoyed it. Think I might put a few hours into it later today.