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12 amazing games that no one bought

Now and again a fantastic game ends up shifting miniscule amounts of copies, despite everything being in its favour. Sometimes it's down to bad marketing, other times the fact that gamers just weren't ready for what was on offer; sometimes it's just that it's horribly misunderstood. You may not have heard of every game here, but they all have one thing in common: they're brilliant. (Beyond Good & Evil, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Freedom Fighters, God Hand, Grim Fandango, No One Lives Forever, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, okami, PC, PS3, Psychonauts, Xbox 360)

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Godmars290  +   917d ago
Why do we repeatedly get list like this which include games that just weren't that well received and reported to have major issues like Alpha Protocol and Enslaved?
SexyGamerDude  +   917d ago
Yeah, Alpha Protocol was horrible. But hey, at least it wasn't Mind Jack horrible.
zeal0us  +   917d ago
Alpha Protocol was actually good but not great.
If Obsidian had tested the game for bugs and fix the combat, it would have been a great game.

My only problems with the game when I played that annoyed me were sub machine guns were automatically dual wield, sniper rifles couldn't be used like other weapons(only could be purchase for certain stages) and the combat felt cheap.
guitarded77  +   917d ago
Neither Alpha Protocol or Enslaved were "amazing". AP had funding misappropriated and the game was built on a broken budget. The game had potential, but was not finished. Enslaved was another game from what I consider the most overrated and self absorbed developers of all time... Ninja Theory. Ninja Theory like to blame gamers for their failures.
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ZodTheRipper  +   917d ago
^Didn't play Alpha Protocol but I can only agree on Enslaved. It was okay but it wasn't the great game I had hoped it to be.
MysticStrummer  +   917d ago
I got Alpha Protocol for less than $10 and really enjoyed it, but I'm sure that low price was a factor.

It makes me sad that Freedom Fighters is on a list like this. It was one of my favorite PS2 games and I was really hoping for a PS3/360 sequel. Same with Beyond Good and Evil.

I'm not sad to see Enslaved on this list. I'm confused. It wasn't amazing. I did like it ok though.
Yi-Long  +   917d ago
I have to mention another game...
... that is SO underrated, in terms of sales and people who know about it, that it often goes missing on lists like these...

... despite being one of the very best and most original puzzle-games ever, with gorgeous graphics and nice music to boot, a great price, and some fantastic avatar-awards....


Brilliant game. Hardly anyone seems to know about it, but mostly loved and adored by those who do.
Bimkoblerutso  +   917d ago
Well, I actually liked Enslaved very much, but I couldn't in all good conscience label it "amazing." There was just too much wrong with it. I loved the two main characters (give Andy Serkis another game to write for, for God's sake), but there was something wrong with just about every other category in that game.
hay  +   917d ago
Alpha Protocol was pretty amazing IMO, but saying it lacked polish is severe understatement... One had to ignore jerky animations, mediocre visuals and far from fluid gameplay to appreciate strong elements, which game had too.
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j-blaze  +   917d ago
don't be like me and get fooled by reviews or the "look" of Enslaved it's mediocre at best, i'm saying this because i have it...unfortunately
and i totally agree with Lord_Sloth and Pozzle on Resonance of Fate it's one of the best JRPGs this gen any fan of the genre should play this!
RonRico  +   917d ago
I was disappointed with Enslaved. Had to give it a try after seeing it on countless lists just like the one this article features.
Kurt Russell  +   916d ago
I enjoyed smashing everyone up with my stick on Enslaved. The only part I didn't enjoy so much was the dicking around with land mines section. All in all though it had good character progression, an interesting enough story and pretty enough visuals to keep me interested.
Tzuno  +   917d ago
Enslaved is a very good game that delivers when you play it not when watching reviews.
Godmars290  +   917d ago
It wasn't a bad game, just "okay".

I played the demo.
chazjamie  +   917d ago
enslaved was so damn tedious and boring. i dont see the hype behind that game.
McGamer  +   917d ago
I agree. I enjoyed Enslaved and was glad for the original story angle based off of an actual literary piece.

But of course, many gamers are too impatient to actually enjoy something based off of something real.
jc48573  +   917d ago
I actually own Enslaved. Got the "special" edition for 40 dollars on release (don't ask me how). If you want my honest opinion, I think the game is good for the price I paid for. Ok, it's important to note that the lead director for Enslaved is currently the lead director for tada "The Last of Us." Do you see the similarities between the two games?
Persistantthug  +   917d ago
Enslaved didn't get bad reviews though....
It holds an 82 on Metacritic.....

That's actually still a good score.
greatcrusader44  +   917d ago
Enslaved had a good story and atmosphere, very repetitive combat.
Tapewurm  +   917d ago
I enjoyed Enslaved quite a would have been better if they had stuck with the solo platform and followed with a modification of the engine used in Heavenly Sword (multiplat ruined it).... (I actually really liked both of these games)...Ninja Theory just needed to be less whiney about sales and stuff....PS3's early days were tough on a lot of companies.
zlpw0ker  +   916d ago
I bought enslaved at launch,that and cvlos.But its so much issues with enslaved.first off no one wants to do play a escort game,its the same with knights contract,I hate the escort misssions,and they decide to do this the entire game.second is the bad gameplay,its so repetitve combat,only 3-4 combos availiable and thats really bad.3rd is that its to much shooting with the staff,but I guess they kinda had to somehow.and i could care less for story,I mostly dont play games for story,its the combat and thats why it failed.
NT did a great job HS,but thats it.
Tapewurm  +   915d ago
Once you unlocked your abilities and upgrades the combos were pretty sweet if I recall correctly. Also, The escorting her around was just there so you couldn't mindlessly go smashing through each had to take care of her. Added a bit of strategy actually. And the additional Pigsy Perfect 10 DLC was a nice change too. I know not everyone likes the same type of stuff, but I thought it was pretty sweet.
TwistedMetal  +   917d ago
some games people didnt know about and they all did not get bought though like the title says.

freedom fighters should of been bought because it is a really really awesome game. i was blown away by it on ps2. how in the world didnt that game sale million upon millions. that game should of went on to have sequals on th ps3 and xbox 360. the gameplay was so good.
Spenok  +   917d ago
What does it say about you when you have bought and played 8 out of the 10 games on that list?

I still own them all too >_>
SilentNegotiator  +   917d ago
Because people still have to push their opinion of games that they liked (that got iffy ratings, were known to have issues, etc) even when the game is old.

And people with fond memories are more likely to respond to something regarding the game years down the line, validating their opinions.
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chuckyj1  +   917d ago
Enslaved was a pretty cool game. I would recommend it, but I don't know I'd say it's a must play through... But, if you have the time and $10 it's a very solid game I thought.
solar  +   916d ago
thank god my launch 60gb ps3 still works, im gonna play some Okami after seeing it on the list :D
admiralvic  +   916d ago
Why does your launch PS3 matter? The game was rereleased in HD and was free with Plus in Europe.
Syntax-Error  +   916d ago
Enslaved did not have major issues. It was actually a very good game made by Ninja Theory. The voice acting was also very good. One game that should've been on there is Spec Ops:The Line. That game was awesome. The concept and the twist ending was great.

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booni3  +   916d ago
Okami was very well received, what are you talking about?
ShugaCane  +   917d ago
I'm always shocked to read that BG&E was a commercial failure. The game gathers all the elements required to make a good game. It's a perfectly crafted and unique experience. And it suits all audiences. I'm really looking forward to hearing more about the sequel !
Pintheshadows  +   917d ago
It is the same story with Psychonauts in fairness.
Spenok  +   917d ago
The main reason this game failed commercially is because its horrible time of release. It had very little marketing, and was released the same day as Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando. As well as the same week as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Mario Party 5.

Unfortunately this game was sent to die :(
Lord_Sloth  +   917d ago
Resonance of Fate should have been on that list.

I have Godhand and Alpha Protocol and loved both of them. Godhand was too hard for me though. XXXP
Pozzle  +   917d ago
Poor Resonance of Fate. It's one of my favorite JRPGs of this generation, yet it never had a chance of selling well because Sega released it in the same week as FFXIII. :(
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despair  +   917d ago
yea sega are dumb when it comes to release dates.
jc48573  +   917d ago
Godhand wasn't really that hard.
despair  +   917d ago
Funny thing is I bought all of those except The Last Express and God Hand.

Did get Alpha Protocol for 10 bucks though, worth it somewhat at that price, needed another year to make it an amazing game, wasted potential.
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Venox2008  +   917d ago
too bad u didnt buy god hand, just amazing game
Ilovetheps4  +   917d ago
I think that Spec Ops: The Line was not played by enough people. I myself didn't buy it until it came out on PS+. That game is one of my favorite games of the generation.

Another great game was Kingdoms of Amalur. This is another game that I wish more people would have bought. It sold decent for a new IP though. Sadly, we won't be getting a sequel. I thought it was a brilliant RPG. I just wish the story was a little better.
MasterOfThe12Blades  +   917d ago
Spec ops was awesome. Played through the campaign three times...definitely one of my fav games this gen!
Mister_Kingdom  +   917d ago
yeah spec ops is really good. i'm going through it again now.
Pozzle  +   917d ago
The Legacy of Kain games should be in this list, tbh. IIRC the reason the sixth game in the series got cancelled was because Defiance didn't sell well enough to warrant a sequel (een though development had already begun). It's a shame because the series deserved so much better imo. :(
T2  +   917d ago
Agreed but I felt they started to go a little heavy on puzzles later in the series ... Im always putting kingdoms of amalur on any underrated list too
Pozzle  +   917d ago
The abundance of puzzles were a bit annoying, but I thought the story more than made up for it. Worse games have spawned sequels, so it's a shame LoK ended up getting canned. :(
segamon  +   917d ago
one would argue that the gameplay in most of the legacy of kain games was just to compliment the story. the series did shift gameplay mechanics 3 times; Blood Omen with its RPG elements, Soul Reaver with its plane shifting and puzzles and Defiance with its focus on action.

I had fun with all of them nonetheless but Defiance being the least in term of gameplay only.

one thing remains solid as a million years old oak tree; the story, the characters, the voice talents and the world of Nosgoth, all blend into an experience that is still unrivaled even today.

the ending of Defiance was just mind blowing and Raziel's last words when he accepted his fate where timeless.

Legacy of Kain did not revolutionize the gameplay and I believe it can, but for everything else, it is a gaming spire.
kostchtchie_  +   917d ago
i bought Freedom fighters PC, Alpha Protocol Ps3/PC, both were great games, along with another people did not buy because they listened to shit review sites, The Saboteur Ps3/PC, this was another great fun solid title
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Pintheshadows  +   917d ago
I really like Alpha Protocol. It was incredibly rough around the edges but the concept allowed me to forgive its failings.
Mister_Kingdom  +   917d ago
I personally thought Alpha Protocol suffered from the curse of obsidian. excellent story and idea, let down by bugged and shoddy workmanship.
RavageX  +   916d ago
Saboteur I absolutely loved. It was just well done from beginning to end. Deserved a lot more.
Detoxx  +   917d ago
I had both Freedom Fighters and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath on the original Xbox One.. Both were amazing games
Pintheshadows  +   917d ago
I've played all of them apart from God Hand. It never really interested me. My favourite on the list is No One Lives Forever. The sequel was even better.
CaptainYesterday  +   917d ago
I bought Oddworld Strangers Wrath and loved every minute of it and the HD version looks great it looks better than a lot of current gen games.
Freak of Nature  +   917d ago
I totally agree.... It was a top 3 game for the original XBOX for me... Anyone should get this new HD version for there system of choice if they have not already done so. Creative, stylish eye candy, fun gameplay, nice little story, stays fresh and expands gameplay wise as you move forward. hey it's ODDworld inhabitants, that should be enough for anyone, really special...
UNGR  +   917d ago
Alpha Protocol did choice right, every choice you made had an effect. The problem with it was the combat sucked, and the story sucked. That's why everyone skipped it. Activision never bothered advertising for Singularity, that's why it flopped, despite being a good game. Psychonauts, and Beyond Good and Evil are both held up as fantastic games by most, redundant having them there. Okami was also very well received for it's creativity, and gameplay. Also redundant to have it on the list.
mobijoker  +   917d ago
O Alpha Protocol....The game that could have game from Obsidian....I just wish the publisher was someone other than Sega....Why don't they start a kickstarter for that....
Clarence  +   917d ago
Enslave was horrible especially the controls
Venox2008  +   917d ago
very good list, good to see that psychonauts, god hand, okami, bg&e, NOLF and some others were mentioned..

I would add:

Binary Domain. shadows of the damned, no more heroes series, excitebots, vanquish, child of eden, viewtiful joe 1 & 2, Kororinpa 1&2, Sin & punishment 2 ...funny & sad thing is that one of the best games I've played were suffering from poor sales
Gardenia  +   917d ago
Freedom Fighters was awesome. Enslaved wasnt that good
josephayal  +   917d ago
No Vanquish?
Brien  +   917d ago
Enslaved was one of my favorite games of 2010. Combat was a bit repetitive, but the environments and story more than made up for it.
jc48573  +   917d ago
we're going to see that environment again but better in The Last of US. I was surprised when the lead director of Enslaved left NT for ND.
theinitialmender  +   917d ago
resonance of fate <3
Zeniix  +   917d ago
Freedom fighter, oh man got such good memories from that game, defiantly deserved more attention.
blennerville  +   917d ago
what are peoples thoughts on SINGULARITY ???

i havent only bought a few games for ps3 and have a huge backlog that i want to play - which i hope to get around to when PS4 releases (waiting for cheap PS3 games)

what are the lesser know games thar people would recommend ??
WeAreLegion  +   917d ago
Singularity actually gained a pretty large audience. It was just a short game and came out at a bad time. :/ Wolfenstein used a lot of the same mechanics, too.
ChickenOfTheCaveMan  +   917d ago
Out of this list, I bought Freedom Fighters, Enslaved and Singularity. Singularity is the closest to "amazing". I really enjoyed the game, the plot but it really could have been way better, Bioshock like great.
PS3Freak  +   917d ago
Loooooved Singularity.
SolidGear3  +   917d ago
Absolutely love Singularity and dying for a sequel! Wish Activision would let Raven make it instead of just making COD map packs.. :(
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   917d ago
rant time,i like every game on this list except for enslaved,it was mediocre at best,and the characters relationship felt a little forced,i can think of more games with a similar concept but 1000x better,heck ninja theory is an overrated developer in general with there only great game being heavenly sword,but DmC,enslaved and that beat em up for xbox original they made were just okay games,seriously mirrors edge,prince of persia 08,folklore,the darkness,kingdoms of amalur,alice madness returns,etc...should of been on the list besides enslaved,its really not all that.
Rhezin  +   917d ago
I miss psi-ops. :(
2pacalypsenow  +   917d ago
Freedom fighter is one of my favorite games from the ps2 era
Iceman_Nightmare  +   917d ago
They forgot to put Mirror's Edge in there, such an amazing game that didn't get enough sales to produce a sequel. This gaming industry and the audience is weird, all they buy is CALL OF DUTY.
tigertron  +   917d ago
After this article I went and bought Enslaved, it was only £6 pre-owned on Amazon. I thought the demo was decent but I was waiting for a price drop, so now was as a good time.
Haules  +   917d ago
Enslaved was crap and barely playable thanks to the ridiculous frame rate and screen tearing.

Goddamn it, I wish devs would stop using the UE3.
WeAreLegion  +   917d ago
Barely playable? What do you mean? The framerate wasn't perfect, but it wasn't absolutely horrible. It's a fantastic game, where they add a new mechanic every half an hour, or so. I love it!
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   917d ago
i would disagree with him when he says it was barely playable, it played pretty smooth,when it needed to,but i didnt like it either it felt pretty meh to me.
Goldenboy87  +   917d ago
I'm actually glad to see Freedom Fighters on that list. It was an awesome game and kept me glued to my chair. Not a bad list by any means.
T3MPL3TON  +   917d ago
Freedom Figheters was such a good game. Me and my buddies would play vs mode in it for hours and hours.
ebreda  +   917d ago
Enslaved is really good. Beuatiful game to look at, gameplay is smooth and storywise it's pretty damn decent. Combat is responsive enough though not revolutionary. The only so-so parts were the hoverboard scenes. Other than that, pretty good game.
RockmanII7  +   917d ago
You forgot Eternal Darkness
Fairchild Channel F  +   916d ago
Eternal Darkness had such a great story. Had that great H.P. Lovecraft vibe.

Would make a great 10 or 12 part cable series with each episode focusing on a different character in time.
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