With the launch of the new generation of hardware there's been a lot of discussion looking back at the very best games from the previous 8 years. That's great and all, but we all already know that Mass Effect 2 and BioShock and Dark Souls are pretty rad.
I'm more interested in talking about the games that were a bit less popular and unappreciated that you really loved and feel like more people should have played. None of these would be in my top ten games of the generation because all those spots are filled with the more well known titles; but if I were to do, say, a top 50 list, these would probably be somewhere in the mix.
The way I see it, Dustforce and Super Meat Boy are very similar games. They are both fast-paced 2D platformers with super tight controls, great soundtracks and fantastic art from small indie developers. They both have a pretty high difficulty but never get frustrating; failure, in both games, only makes you more eager to get a perfect run.
They are both really awesome games, but I think Dustforce is better. Super Meat Boy was released a few years earlier and launched first on XBOX which probably helps make it more visible and so it got a lot of attention on games websites. Dustforce, on the other hand, flew mostly under the radar and I think a lot of people never played it which is truly a god damn shame.
And besides, any $10 that I can get 20 hours of constantly enjoyable fun out of is a winner in my book.
Fat Princess is a pretty silly little game and there's not a lot to it, but regardless it is probably one of the most fun multiplayer experiences I have had on my PS3. The frantic chaos of 32 little workers running around and desperately trying to steal the enemies princess while simultaneously feeding cake to their own princess to fatten her up and make her harder to steal was just a lot of fun to be involved in.
I think what sets it apart for me is the fact that you really had to work as a team to win. A lot of post Call of Duty multiplayer games tend to require absolutely no teamwork at all but in Fat Princess just trying to roll into the castle alone and take the princess wasn't going to work so you had to work and move as a team to be successful and when you were it was awesome.
It really is a pretty dumb game but I think a lot of people tend to forget how much fun it was.
I feel like the zeitgeist around RAGE was almost entirely negative and so when I picked it up during a Steam Sale a few years after it came out I wasn't really expecting much.
I was happily surprised though when I started playing. Despite it's reputation the game is actaully really solid. It has the great FPS controls you'd expect from id, beautiful graphics, an fairly interesting world and story and terrific voice acting. The gameplay and mission design is fine the whole way through and it was diverse enough that I never got bored.
It's definately not the greatest thing ever made but it's a real shame that I had to be so surprised to find a game that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end.
So those are mine, how bout yours?
TLDR: NAME GAMES U LIKE BUT OTHERS DON'T LIKE