This feature is a direct follow on from Dawid’s 30 games you must play on PS3. There are a couple of differences of course. First, it will cover all three consoles in the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360. Secondly, underrated can have different meanings, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the game did not score well by critics, but rather means that so many people just didn’t play the game, for whatever the reason. And that is something that needs to be amended. So let’s kick off with the first 5 games that were underrated from the last generation.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
To anyone that knows me, this first one the list is probably no surprise. Ninja Theory worked wonders with this game creating a post-apocalyptic world unlike any other. You take control of Monkey, a prisoner who escapes after the transferring plane comes crashing down, but you are entrapped by Trip who has her own agenda. Together, you work your way through the world and discover things you probably never wanted to discover. The combat is a little bit shallow, but the characters and story make this a game worth playing over and over. It’s near impossible not to fall in love with Trip. Play it.
There is a bit of bias around this one. Two South Africans head up the development team at United Front Games so it means there is a special kind of love I have for it, and all of us should have for it. It just so happens that the game is excellent. The combat is the best thing since the Batman games and works brilliantly for the martial arts style. The story is intense from the first minute and the missions are as great as travelling around Hong Kong is. It’s a great take on the open world genre and a game that many overlooked for someone reason.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
This game was in Dawid’s list, and is definitely a must play, but it also falls in the underrated column because so few people actually played it. It’s another game with a stellar world that only Studio Ghibli could create. It has engaging characters, a fantastic battle system and really revived JRPG games for me personally. It is by no means perfect, but is well worth a play. My 55 hours put into it attest to that.
It’s probably true that these rather odd hack ‘n slash games are not for everyone, but they are definitely worth a try if you have never experienced one. The combos you can put together make it all the more fun, and Bayonetta being so smoking hot makes it even more enjoyable. The game is filled with innuendo, but apart from that it plays really well with some great action and boss battles, a passable storyline and one of the best soundtracks ever. Fly Me to the Moon was stuck in my head for days.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Most movie tie-in games are poor, there’s no question about it, but The Amazing Spider-Man was an exception and it just didn’t get the response it should have. It wasn’t so much a tie-in as it was a follow on from the first movie and it took Spidey to all new levels of awesome in a game. The revised swinging was absolute bliss as you made your way through a fine-looking New York. It’s the most I have ever actually felt like I was Spider-Man in a game. It had an interesting story, fun side missions, cool collectibles and it had Bruce Campbell. So why did nobody play it? Best I can come up with is that it borrowed the combat from Batman and people hate Spidey, and fun.