10 Most Underrated Games of this Generation

"Despite the sheer volume of top ten lists I've written over the years, I'm well aware of the criticisms surrounding the practice. My main beef with the format is how it sensationalises a small microcosm of the big AAA games everyone already knows about. How's an indie title ever going to stand toe to toe with the big boys in a generic “best visuals” type of list?"

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Godmars2902076d ago

Is it now fair to say that the reason Lost Odyssey is on a list like this is because it was Xbox only?

Sexius Maximus2076d ago (Edited 2076d ago )

Personally, I'd say no. It was released very early in the life cycle. Like Folklore on PS3, the game was great fun, and underrated, but the install base wasn't there. Lots of great games suffer in sales this way. I think both LO and Folklore did fine considering.

dedicatedtogamers2076d ago (Edited 2076d ago )

Do I win something if I've played all those games prior to seeing this list?

Lost Odyssey would have become more popular if Microsoft actually stuck with its original idea of becoming a JRPG source. Instead, they bought up a few high-profile JRPGs, got FF13 to go multiplat, and then called it a day. After the halfway point this gen, the PS3 became the go-to spot for JRPGs.

And although the author mentions it in passing, Resonance of Fate deserves far more attention and praise than Lost Odyssey.

omi25p2076d ago (Edited 2076d ago )

So are you saying it was underrated because it was on the 360 or that people are saying it was underrated but it was actually bad and its bad because its on the 360?

On topic:

1. Alan Wake
2. Darkness
3. Metro *2033*
4. Infamous
5. Condemned

Godmars2902075d ago

I'm saying that it would have been overrated regardless, but it would have sold better on the PS3.

Not that Sakaguchi is talking to Sony. Still.

NewZealander2075d ago

Godmars you assume it would sell better on ps3, but theres no way you can say that for certain, there are plenty of games on playstation in the same boat, like ico, another fantastic game that at the time went under the radar, even the sony brand couldn't stop that.

HonestDragon2075d ago

I agree with that. Of the list, though, I only played but also really liked Catherine, Condemned, and Deadly Premonition (to an extent). Can't wait to see the remastering of Deadly Premonition. I heard the control scheme should be updated along with the graphics.

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gameseveryday2076d ago

Here is the entire list in case no one wants to click:

1. Catherine
2. Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes
3. Lost Odyssey
4. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
5. Radiant Historia
6. Deadly Premonition
7. Eternal Sonata
8. Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure
9. Condemned/Condemned 2
10. Stuntman Ignition

OcelotRigz2076d ago

Thanks man.
Hate when they put lists into slides.

3-4-52076d ago

this site always's annoying because they usually have stuff I want to see but I'm not clicking on all those pages..


White people problems...

Just kidding, I hate those easy tactics to hoard clicks as much as the next guy, but the joke was just too easy to pass.

TopDudeMan2076d ago

Thanks. Having a look at that list, I actually have heard of very few of those games

Captain Qwark 92076d ago

lost odyssey is amazing, id also throw in darksiders 1 and 2 as well as banjo kazooie nuts and bolts. banjo may not have been a traditional sequel everyone hoped for but it was original and tons of fun

FamilyGuy2076d ago

6. Deadly Premonition

Looked like garbage, I can't imagine a game like this being underrated. I guess I'd have to play it to believe it but it looked like one of those cheesy b-movies with terrible acting and a matching low budget. I'm just not into it :/

grailly2076d ago

clash of heroes isn't very well known, but it seems to me like it was really well received critically.

I would add motorstorm pacific rift somewhere in there.

admiralvic2075d ago

Catherine had a lot of good press / buzz, so I wouldn't call it under rated at all. Deadly Premonition is also getting a rerelease, which I think also goes against it being underrated.

Hicken2075d ago

Glad you got the "Helpful" instead of "Spam" bubble. That annoys me to NO end.

On topic, I've owned/heard of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10. Owned 1, 3, and 7. Great games, all, but Catherine got quite a bit of press, so I dunno if it really counts as underrated.

BanBrother2075d ago

In no particular order.

Lost Odyssey. Eternal Sonata. Metro 2033. The Darkness. Alan Wake. Tales of Graces f. Valkyria Chronicles.

I could name a few other JRPG's if PSP counts??

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CaptainYesterday2076d ago

Catherine was an incredible game! And Stuntman Ignition was pretty fun too wish I didn't sell it!

despair2076d ago

most of these are far from underrated.

whamlollypop72076d ago

I think the list needs Valkyria Chronicles, Spec Ops, and I'm sure there are many others.

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