Since the majority of gamers are on a budget, games that don't receive at least and 7/10 are often completely overlooked by the consumer. And while generally early critical appraisals are useful tools that discerning gamers can use in helping them spend their gaming dollar wisely, on occasion groupthink takes over and gamers everywhere automatically dismiss titles site-unseen. How many times have you heard someone blast a game they've never played themselves, basing their 'opinion' solely on an unfavorable review or two?
We here at The Exploding Barrel feel that the following games represent diamonds in the rough. (Well, maybe diamonds is too strong a word, but semi-precious stones in the rough just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?) Even though these games were given the shaft by the gaming press, they still have enough redeeming qualities to warrant your consideration. What's more, many games that were reviewed poorly received drastic price cuts early in their life cycle, making them low-risk buys later down the road. Are these games perfect? No, but perfection is an unattainable circle-jerk anyhow. So join us as we explore some critical flops that just might be worth a second look.