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Submitted by Pozzle 922d ago | opinion piece

The Most Overlooked and Underrated Games of This Gen

QJ writes: "Instead of just going over the most overlooked and underrated games of 2011, I want to take a more all-encompassing look at the most overlooked and underrated games of this generation. Here's a list of the games that I've enjoyed this gen that many other people seem to have hated, overlooked, or ignored - in no particular order." (Bulletstorm, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Ghostbusters : The Video Game, PC, PS3, Singularity, Wii, Xbox 360)

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DonaldBeck  +   922d ago
Vanquish is so underrated.
zeal0us  +   922d ago
That game was amazing and fun.

Just brought bulletstorm for like 13dollars
typikal82  +   922d ago
Add me for some Bulletstorm MP!

typikal82
frostypants  +   922d ago
Yeah, Bulletstorm is awesome. People only knocked it because it's not what they expected. It's not about killing opponents, it's about HOW you kill them. A lot of people couldn't get their heads around that. The co-op is phenomenal.

Plus, it was just $40 IIRC.
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Commander_TK  +   922d ago
Lost Planet 2 imo. The best boss battle I've ever experienced.
hay  +   921d ago
Bulletstorm. Yesss, so much fun. It's a game being a game. I love it.
Ryo-Hazuki  +   922d ago
I agree. Vanquish is really amazing. I only need 1 trophy left to Platinum it but challenge 6 is a bitch. Also Catherine is very underrated as well
showtimefolks  +   921d ago
Vanquish is very under rated but is very short 4-5 hrs arcade style. Its very fast pace but its so much fun and now a days you can get it for Under $10. Buy it new to supports the devs its one of the better games this gen, instead of all military shooters

Enslaved. You can beat it in 8-12hrs depending on your pace also there is some very good story based dlc from what i understand. The story is very good but combat and platforming suffers, again $10 must buy

Singularity. for me this was a over rated game, the ideas were cool but i just could not get into it

Bulletstorm. this game is plain stupid fun with many tricks you can do with your weapons and kick must but you will have a blast

Brutal legend. this game has been $4.99 new many times, is it a bad game no but its also not a great game. 1st half of the game is very good but 2nd half felt dull. the story is quite long and online is a lot of fun. rpg elements are very fleshed out

Transformers: War for Cybertron. i had fun with it but lost interest very quickly but if you are a fan of the tv/comic series its a must have

other 2 i have not played.

i want to try metro-2033 any suggestions. i heard the ammo is very limited and your your torch light batteries die out quick is this true?
Johandevries  +   922d ago
The Saboteur

Singularity is not so much underrated but Actipission just didnt give it the publicity it should have had. Put more harshly: there was NO marketing AT ALL.

I don't know what Metro 2033 is doing on the list, I thought it sold well and became pretty famous with the wider public
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kneon  +   922d ago
Big agree on the Saboteur, one of my favorite games of the last few years.
ian72  +   922d ago
I'm another Saboteur fan, great game.
JellyJelly  +   921d ago
Singularity was amazing. It felt like a Valve game to me. Which is a big compliment to Raven software.

Metro 2033 I didn't like but Ghostbusters that was on the list is very fun.
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Matrix2k  +   922d ago
Alot of those games are bad. Not under rated

radiant historia
disgaea 4
dragon quest joker 2
kirby mass attack
tactics ogre psp
dissidia 2
patapon 3

ect

were under rated US titles, theres more if I start looking at other regions
TheDivine  +   922d ago
Radiant Historia isnt underrated but its overlooked. Most reviews and fan feedback ive seen says its the best jrpg since chrono trigger. Enslaved is def overlooked, imo it was one of the top games ive ever played, wish more people gave it a shot but everyone hates NT because they dogged the ps3. Lost Odyssey is the most underrated game this gen to me, if it came after ff13 or was named ff it wouldve gotten near perfect scores and sold 5 million. As it was people said it was too old school and expected ff13 to reinvent the jrpg, we see how well that worked lol. Metro 2033 is underrated on 360, its one of the best games on the platform but isnt widely known. On pc it gets theprops it deserves.
Matrix2k  +   922d ago
The real overlooked gems this year were better than the mainstream hype titles
MoreRPG  +   922d ago
i agree with Lost Odyssey is underrated i'll choose LO over FF13 every day i don't why there isn't a sequel already
spektical  +   922d ago
most overrated game this gen: GTA4 by far.
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Johandevries  +   922d ago
All Call of Duties
Captain Qwark 9  +   922d ago
agree with both of you....

most "overlooked" goes to dark souls or lost Odyssey imo, each of those deserves 2+ million in sales

and on that note, the games he listed...

Singularity = never played
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West = enjoyed the demo
Vanquish = demo sucked
Bulletstorm = demo sucked
Brutal Legend = game sucked
Ghostbusters: The Video Game = game sucked
Metro 2033 = never played
Transformers: War for Cybertron = bit repetitive but very good still, agreed

lastly, that web sites design is terrible, he really could list all those on a single page, f*ck them
TekoIie  +   922d ago
In all seriousness I think it's mw2. I remember when the teaser was released, it was like skyrim at the vga's last year but not as bad. 1 month after release and the hate begun with the javelin and Semtex glitch...
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ZippyZapper  +   922d ago
GTAIV is only overrated by one group of people, and we all know why.
Venox2008  +   921d ago
I agree 100% with you, the only thing that I liked was graphics at that time.. but after playing it some time, I was booooooooored a lot.. actually I think that GTA: Chinatown wars is a way better..

Overrated is MW3
gillri  +   922d ago
do they mean undersold or underrated? casue they are all rated quite highly

I have played Enslaved, Vanquish and Metro 2033

Im a big horror fan so I naturally liked Metro 2033 even though we have seen the setting all before

Vanquish's gameplay and graphics were incredible,

But for me Enslaved was the most undersold, what an incredible setting, gameplay was average but what a journey

If I was rating Enslaved for story, characters and setting it'll get a 9, but gameplay a 6

If I was rating Vanquish for gameplay it would get a 9 but story a 2 and length a 6,

Metro 2033 for atmopshere would get a 9 but gameplay and story 6/7

but all in all those games I mentioned averaged in the low 80's which when all things considered, is about right
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Soldierone  +   921d ago
In my opinion Enslaved had massive amounts of potential, but the unreal engine and how they used it totally killed the game entirely. Would have been better off if they used the Heavenly Sword engine in some regards and ported it to 360 instead.
gillri  +   921d ago
not for me , looked incredible
pucpop  +   922d ago
Vanquish is beautiful. still to complete it on god hard!
Linzoid  +   922d ago
Warhawk
dinkeldinkse  +   922d ago
I agree
frostypants  +   922d ago
Yeah, this list is way too focused on the last year. For this entire gen, Warhawk should be in the top 3 most underrated.
Linzoid  +   922d ago
Totally agree. Probably my favorite game this generation
StayStatic  +   922d ago
Hard-Reset & Serious Sam 3

Classic style FPS with great graphics & gameplay that actually foucsed on the single player for once.
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Cajun Chicken  +   922d ago
Totally happy with the recent Steam sales, managed to pick up both of those.
Cajun Chicken  +   922d ago
Singularity is brilliant. Bulletstorm is my personal GOTY, so it's not underrated by me.
Unlimax  +   922d ago
The 3rd birthday is Underrated .. Even if its not apart of the sequel !
JohnApocalypse  +   922d ago
I didn't like Brutal Legend. They advertised the game to make it look like an action adventure Heavy Metal but for most of the game you are doing RTS
DaReapa  +   922d ago
Can't believe Heavenly Sword's not on that list.
Aloren  +   921d ago
Why would it be ? It's an awesome game but it got good ratings and sold really well (compared to the install base when it was released). It sold twice as much as the combined sales on Enslaved on PS3 and 360.

Actually it sold better than most of the games on that list even though it was an exclusive, so it's not really underrated.
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idiealot  +   922d ago
Ahhh good ol' qj.net how I used love thee, found out about n4g and never looked back.
My list:

Folklore
Nier
Vanquish
MAG
Shadows of the Damned
Heavenly Sword
The_Devil_Hunter  +   922d ago
Shadows of the Damned is super underrated as well as Heavenly Sword and Enslaved.
Nykamari  +   922d ago
MAG is soooo underrated!
Son_Lee  +   922d ago
Enslaved was AMAZING. But my vote for most underrated/overlooked game this gen goes to Mirror's Edge, easily. I must have beat that game 20 times and got the Platinum. Loved every second!
Rivitur  +   922d ago
Actually Mirror's Edge wasn't underrated it sold well at over 2 million and at the time of release it was highly praised at game shows for its refreshing action style. Also the many gamers were outraged when rumors of a cancelled Mirror's Edge 2 that was somewhat true but we now know is in development.
maniacmayhem  +   922d ago
Vanquish was incredible. Love that game to death, my only gripe was its too short.
But I would love to see a sequel to that and Bayonetta.
Venox2008  +   921d ago
you read my mind!? How could you!?! :D :D
Lord_Sloth  +   922d ago
And Folklore isn't on this sorry list, why?
ShaunCameron  +   922d ago
Agreed with Vanquish and Transformers: War For Cybertron. The voice-acting for Starscreamer, Soundwave and Optimus Prime took me all the way back to the cartoon TF days.

I'd like to nominate Sin & Punishment: Star Successor to the list. It was probably the hardest game I ever beaten. The Easy mode was anything but easy.
girlwithturn  +   922d ago
Dead Head Fred (best adventure, that I ever played);
Motorstorm Apocalypse;
Saints Row franchise;
The 3rd birthday.

But this games underrated only among corrupt journalists. After that samples I stopped believe on the public scores.
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jthamind  +   922d ago
i would add...

Lost Odyssey
Valkyria Chronicles
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Folklore
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LettingGo  +   922d ago
Enslaved is definitely my top pick. I can't believe people complained about the mechanics. There were TONS of mechanics in that game. You just had to play far enough to acquire them. Most people did not play very far. The narrative was brilliant also, especially with Andy Serkis helming acting direction.
Noticeably_FAT  +   922d ago
BulletStorm. Vanquish, Brutal Legend, Ghostbusters, Metro 2033 and Transformers are all great!

Transformers was basically COD4 with Transformers, which was stellar!
Dropdeadll  +   922d ago
siren blood curse is probably the most overlooked ps3 game.. got good scores too
Pikajew  +   922d ago
Dungeons of Dredmor is a great overlooked roguelike game.
SnowBlu  +   922d ago
borderlands is kinda underrated
aPerson  +   922d ago
Overlord 1 and 2.

Both are brilliant games
Hicken  +   922d ago
Nier
Valkyria Chronicles
Lost Odyssey

The people that have played these games know how good they are. It's a shame that more people haven't played them.
_Aarix_  +   921d ago
I completly agree I played all 3 and loved them.
blaze22-qwerty  +   922d ago
What about Darksiders and Castlevania:Lords of shadow?
RyuDrinksTheDew  +   922d ago
Condemned 2: Bloodshot is my pick for the most overlooked game of this gen.

that game is f***ing ridiculous in the most amazing ways.

ya, it kinda strayed away from the first one, but it was so visceral and dark, its atmosphere was so thick, and the combat so personal feeling, i couldnt help but be completely engrossed in the experience as a whole.
urwifeminder  +   922d ago
Battlestations best game this gen or ever for me also shadowrun one of the most innovative online shooters ever and amped 3 my faves this gen.
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