The word underrated could mean different things for different people. For me, I think a game is underrated when it is very fun to play and does everything right, but either sold poorly or got negative reviews, like an Oran Juice Jones album.
Not to say these games didn’t have their flaws, but if a game sells under the amount that the company anticipated, then it won’t push the game in the way they initially did in the beginning. With that being said…. let’s get down on it (Please don’t sue me, Kool and the Gang).
#10. URBAN REIGN (PS2)
Urban Reign is a fighting game on the PS2 that was made by Namco, the creators of Tekken and the horrible spin-off Death by Degrees. The game has 100 levels in single-player, and is the typical beat-up-street-thugs-until-you-get-to-the-head-honcho game, a la Bruce Lee in Game of Death. You play as Brad Hawk and are called upon to help clean up China Town, however, this game is better known for its combat. Multiplayer is where this game really shines, as it supports 4-player multiplayer. So if you were lucky enough to own a multiplayer at the time of release, you received maximum enjoyment out of this game. You have plenty of characters to choose from, and as a treat it even has Paul and Marshall Law from the Tekken games as playable characters. The game received mostly mixed reviews but it is a great multiplayer game for you and your buddies to play
#9. DARK SECTOR (XBOX 360)
This game was originally announced back in 2000, but was scrapped and redone. It reemerged in 2004, but was eventually released in 2008, and has been compared to Resident Evil and Gears of War, which is never a bad thing. Boy did it deliver; good thing it did considering it took 8 years to make. The feeling I got when I cut somebody’s head off for the first time after receiving my Glaive (which is like an over-sized ninja star)… The story is generic, but the action and gratuitous violence made me feel like I was in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Plenty of games implemented slow-motion, but the “Aftertouch” feature of this game is very satisfying. Considering that this didn’t sell as initially anticipated, this game was looked over. However, since it’s only 5 bucks, I don’t see why anybody wouldn’t play this game now.
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#8. MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE (SEGA GENESIS VERSION)
This was a game of many versions, as it was released on the SNES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and Game Gear. For me, the Genesis version was the best, because not only was it a decent Final Fight clone but it let you play with Zords as well. Now, it doesn’t really follow the movie all that much, but it is still a pretty good beat ’em up game. You could play with any of the 6 rangers, and the graphics look pretty good for a game that came out back in ’96. The soundtrack is phenomenal, and the simple controls make this game work. With all that being said, it was called nothing more than a Streets of Rage-type clone, and the game is noticeably short, but I will say this is one of the first movie-based games that I played that was actually well done.
#7. PSI-OPS (PS2 & XBOX)
Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy iss by far one of my favorite PS2 games of all time. As far as early third-person shooters go, this game executes things pretty well; especially its rag doll-like Havok psychics engine. You play as Nick Scryer, whose mind has been wiped out to infiltrate a terrorist organization, but he has been captured and has to escape. The thing that makes this game great iss the arsenal of psychic powers you gain as you progress through the game: Fire, Remote Viewing, Telekinesis, Mind Drain, Mind Control, and Aura View. My favorite is Mind Drain, only because not only does it absorb an enemy’s mental energy, but after you’re done, THEIR HEADS EXPLODE (awesome, I know). Even if had no idea where to go, it was fun to just find enemies and throw them around with telekinesis, or set them on fire and watch them run around until they eventually died. At a time where bullet time was the norm for games, PSI-OPS rejected it, and it was for the best, as just knowing that you can mind control somebody to jump off a building and land on some gas tanks and blow up is all that you need. The game is short, and after it’s all said and done, you get a “To Be Continued” (a la The Lord of The Rings). The reason that this game isn’t higher on the list is because although this game received nothing but positive reviews, it never was good enough for Midway to make a sequel. Considering that Midway is closed down, we may NEVER see a sequel.
#6. DEADPOOL (PS3 & XBOX 360)
I will be the first to admit that this pick may be a little biased, because I am the biggest Deadpool fan out there. But, hey, it’s not in my top 3, so I should get credit for that, right? Deadpool is a Mature-rated game (rightfully so), and that did limit the audience that could play the game. This game captures Deadpool’s essence perfectly by constantly breaking the fourth-wall (meaning, to interact or acknowledge the players while playing). This is a very HILARIOUS game, and proves that even a lesser known comic book character can have a very entertaining game when portrayed correctly. With that being said, the problem with the game is that although Deadpool and the many cameos from other comic book heroes/villains are great, the gameplay is repetitive, and the enemy types don’t vary as much. Another issue (well, sort of) with this game is that not a lot of people know who Deadpool is, so although fans like myself were excited for the game, it seemed like the developers were trying to capitalize on the recent comic book phase, and just assumed that people would buy it. Admittedly, this game sticks to the source material perfectly, and is a very challenging hack-and-slash game; if only they would’ve implemented a few more enemy types, this game could have been a classic.
#5. INDIGO PROPHECY (PS2 & XBOX)
Indigo Prophecy was forgotten as one of the best interactive video games ever. The sequel to this game, Heavy Rain, was made on the PS3, and was a gold mine. But it was the original game that came out in 2005 that set the tone. First things first: EVERY choice you make in this game impacts not only your character, but the fate of other characters, and the whole story, as well. You actually care about what happens to the characters, which was a welcome change of pace considering the massive number of shooting games that were out at the time. The opening sequence lets you know what type of game it is going to be, as Lucas Kane stabs a man to death in the bathroom and you have to either try to clean it up, or escape out the bathroom window. The different conversation options you can choose from are also refreshing, and you actually have to think about it before you choose your options, because saying the wrong thing can lead to people thinking you are suspicious, and they might try to report you to the police or worse. You control 3 characters at different points, and every story has multiple paths that can be taken, which adds a lot of replay value to the game. Once again, although receiving positive reviews, I personally believed this game came out at the wrong time only because people were more about first-person shooters at the time; it’s kind of a forgotten gem. It’s ok, Quantic Dream, I will still help you find the Indigo Child.
#4. RESIDENT EVIL 6 (PS3 & XBOX 360)
RE6 was hated by pretty much everybody that played, it mostly due to the action approach that it steered the franchise into. Now, I can absolutely understand people’s outrage, but at the same time, after the monstrosity that was Resident Evil 5, RE6 was actually pretty good. The survival horror that made this game is gone, but people should’ve realized that once Resident Evil 4 changed the whole dynamic of the Resident Evil series, so for me it wasn’t a surprise at all. I actually like the 4 different scenarios that you can choose from, and seeing the stories from different perspectives all come together at the end. You play as Resident Evil’s mainstays Leon and Chris, newcomer Jake (who, SPOILER ALERT, is Albert Wesker’s son), and when unlocked, Ada Wong. The co-op is still there, which can hinder your progress considering how dumb the AI can be at times, but it did improve over RE5. My favorite character to play with is Jake, because he’s pretty much an overpowered douche, and I love every minute of it (don’t judge me). The original Resident Evil came out in 1996, so sooner or later, the game was going to go through some change, so stop treating this game like Matilda and throwing it in the closet.
#3. DMC: DEVIL MAY CRY (PS3 AND XBOX 360)
I will not sit here and say that I wasn’t a little skeptical about the design approach of Dante when this game was first announced. As a series follower, I have played every single Devil May Cry game, and I wondered what direction they could go in story-wise, considering they made the origin story with Devil May Cry 3; to see a black-haired, emo-looking Dante was a shocker. After playing the game all my skepticism went out the window, as I realized that this is a perfect “reboot” of Devil May Cry because it dives more into the relationship between Dante and his brother Virgil. The main change to the story is the fact that Dante is no longer half human/half demon, but now half demon/half angel. Everything that people loved about Devil May Cry is still present: he still owns rebellion, and ebony and ivory (his guns); and he is still young, snarky and full of sarcasm. So, for me, this game was a great addition to the franchise. Considering how much success Ninja Theory had after Heavenly Sword, Capcom obviously made the right decision by handing the franchise off to them. This has always been a stylish, fast-paced game, and this iteration of the game emphasized that to the max. Considering you’re in LIMBO (the game world) the whole time, the stage is constantly shifting and changing, so you’re never going to see the stage the same way twice. Unfortunately, no matter how great this game was, it sold less than 2 million copies, even less than Devil May Cry 4, which is baffling considering how awesome this game is.
#2. THE WARRIORS (PS2 & XBOX)
The Warriors game came out 25 years after the movie came out, and was one of the best movie-licensed games ever; that is still a baffling feeling. The game follows the story of the movie without giving away too much, as The Warriors are trying to get back to Coney Island after being framed for murdering Cyrus at the gang meet up. It is a beat-em-up-style game, but there are so many other different things you can do, such as stealing car radios, breaking into stores, tagging, and mugging civilians without ever breaking the flow of the game. They enlisted most of the original actors from the movie to reprise their roles, and it just added to the nostalgia of an already great game. It’s hard to be surprised at how good the game is, considering that Rockstar made it, but in light of the string of bad movie-based games at the time, it was a breath of fresh air. The co-op in this game is phenomenal, as you and a friend can enjoy the whole story line together, or can drop in and out of the game whenever you choose. On top of that, you and your partner never have to be together (even though you should if you want to survive) the whole game, as the screen splits apart whenever y’all separate. This game received mixed reviews, and actually sold decently, but when movie-based games come up, this game is never mentioned for some reason. This game still holds up pretty well even after all these years, and is still fun to pick up and play……WARRIORS COME OUT AND PLAY.
#1. ALPHA PROTOCOL (PS3 & XBOX 360)
No, your eyes are not deceiving you; Alpha Protocol is my number one underrated game. Alpha Protocol is an Action, Stealth, RPG game that takes place over a variety of different locations. Story-wise, it’s a typical Splinter Cell/James Bond espionage-type thriller, but what makes this one different are the choices that you are forced to make in a split second that affect the way the story plays out. Do you execute a terrorist mastermind, or make a deal with him? Do you want to be a professional, or just be jerk to everybody? The character development is what sets this game apart for me. You can make your character to have a mixed bag of abilities, or you can have him focus on just hacking, stealth, fighting, shooting, etc. This game is not without its flaws; the game is buggy, and the boss fights feel a little cheap at times. Even with that, the acting and dialogue in this game are great, and seeing how your choices affect the story is what made this game fantastic. This game could’ve been looked at differently if it didn’t come out after Mass Effect 1 & 2, which pretty much had all the character customization options and took it to another level. All in all, Alpha Protocol was a very underrated game, and in my opinion should at least be given a play-through, because once you start you wouldn’t be able to put this game down.
- GOD HAND (PS2)
- SPIDER-MAN AND VENOM: SEPERATION ANXIETY (SEGA GENESIS)
- VECTORMAN (SEGA GENESIS)
- ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN (PS2 & XBOX)
- DEVIL MAY CRY 4 (XBOX 360 & PS3)