#1 Posted by Rxanadu (507 posts) -

Hey, duders:

It's the end of the year, a time of reflection, both of oneself and of the society they live in everyday. In this case, we're talking about those who play games. Very often, we tend to look back at their personal Game of the Year; other times, they focus on the worst games they played during the year. However, I've noticed a constant lack of people talking about those games played by almost no-one but them. They may be hidden gems, they may be mediocre games forgotten about within the week of release. They may be that one game you say to yourself, "Was I the only one who played this?"

This year, I wanted to contribute to the whole GB community by creating a list of games that were overlooked, rarely played by people outside of a few others, or just flat out forgotten about. However, I only have two games I can think of:

  • Lost Planet 3 (Wasn't this announced 4 years ago?)
  • The Swapper (a.k.a. That One Puzzle-Platformer That Isn't Gunpoint Patrick Likes)

I've racked my brain for hours thinking of other games fitting this classification, but, ironically enough, I can't remember many. This is where you come in: all I need is for you to post about that one game you remember but not many people remember came out this year. It can be a console exclusive; a small indie game on PC; a Flash game; whatever. So long as you can put the month and year it came out (and a few personal words you have to share about the game), I'm OK with it. An exact date would be preferable, but a month and year will do.

The reason I'm creating this forum thread is simple: I want to help in the preservation of games as much as I can. Hopefully, this will become a place to come back to for reference's sake.

As stated above, all I need is for everyone to post at least one game you think will be forgotten by the end of the year otherwise. State the date of its release (month and year will do fine) in your post.

That's it. Thanks again for taking the time to read this post. I hope to hear from all of you soon.

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Pandora's Tower. I'll have more to say about it this Thursday.

#3 Posted by wemibelec90 (1629 posts) -

I totally forgot Dead Space 3 and Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen came out this year until I was doing my GotY list.

As for a place of reference, this Wikipedia page has a list of most things that came out this year. I don't think you need to worry about preservation.

#4 Edited by Hunter5024 (5617 posts) -

@video_game_king said:

Pandora's Tower. I'll have more to say about it this Thursday.

This is one of the games I'm most disappointed I wasn't able to get to.

#5 Posted by Yummylee (21507 posts) -

You've at least written up a rather substantial OP, but goddamn people, this is like the 4th one of these types of threads this month.

#6 Posted by Hailinel (24413 posts) -

@video_game_king said:

Pandora's Tower. I'll have more to say about it this Thursday.

This is one of the games I'm most disappointed I wasn't able to get to.

I really need to go back and play through it as well.

#7 Edited by dr_mantas (1838 posts) -

The Swapper is excellent, great that you mentioned it.

I want to contribute Remember Me (Jun 04, 2013), coincidentally. I know Alex didn't like it all that much, and I can see the flaws, but for me at least it was an aesthetically AMAZING game, had pretty fun combat, although maybe simplistic and a bit repetitive, and the memory remix stuff was new and interesting, although not enough sequences of that. I really really enjoyed the story as well.

Also, maybe not forgotten, but Heart of the Swarm (March 12, 2013) came out this year. The campaign part was maybe a bit short but great, for me. I don't mess much with the multiplayer, but I heard it's not bad:)

#8 Edited by Joemotycki (30 posts) -

It seems like they might have forgotten about Rogue legacy, which would make me really sad because I think that game is really fun. That's one of my personal favourites from this year.

Yeah its also great that the swapper is now getting a lot of love from Patrick, because that game is a great puzzle game, and has a suprisingly engaging story + ending. Its also kind of funny how no on the giant bomb crew even mentioned enemy within even though they all loved the hell out of the other xcom... I mean new consoles were coming out, but still.

Ni no kuni is a game that no one really played this year(neither did I), but i heard its pretty good.

#9 Posted by themangalist (1731 posts) -

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger did not revolutionize the fps genre, but for coming out of nowhere after an absolute shit reboot (Cartel), this was a pleasant surprise. The shooting was solid, the story telling was... simple, but had an interesting twist. It was definitely fun for one sitting or two.

#10 Edited by BIGJEFFREY (4955 posts) -

Fuse and Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (stealth release)

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#11 Posted by MEATBALL (3194 posts) -

Pandora's Tower. I'll have more to say about it this Thursday.

I picked that up on local release last year and still haven't really played it, the little bit I did play (up to the first boss) seemed pretty damn cool, though. It's one of the higher priorities in my backlog.

#12 Edited by Ares42 (2624 posts) -

Rayman Legends is easily one of the best games of the year and it got nowhere near the attention it deserves. I bought and played both Rayman Legends and Mario 3D World and it pains me to see how much praise Mario got over Rayman.

#13 Edited by JasonR86 (9657 posts) -

Kairo and Bit.Trip Runner 2 for sure. Fire Emblem and DMC less so. But all are awesome.

#14 Edited by BeachThunder (11847 posts) -

@jasonr86: Well, Kairo was 2012...

Anyway, if you like simple but challenging puzzle games, you should consider playing Jelly no Puzzle (March 3, 2013). BTW, it's free!

#15 Posted by JasonR86 (9657 posts) -

@jasonr86: Well, Kairo was 2012...

Anyway, if you like simple but challenging puzzle games, you should consider playing Jelly no Puzzle (March 3, 2013). BTW, it's free!

It was 2012? Well shit.

#16 Posted by JesterArbo (87 posts) -

DmC: Devil May Cry came out way back in January. Not sure how many people remember this game. Haven't heard anyone talking about it. Personally I really didn't like any of the Devil May Cry games but loved this one. Probably because of Ninja Theory. Either way, that is one of my gems this year.

#17 Posted by alternate (2696 posts) -

Lost Planet wasn't forgotten, it just wasn't very good. Patrick has been pimping the Swapper - so it should get a mention on the podcasts.

#18 Edited by mosdl (3228 posts) -

Weird how many of the forgotten games - DmC (awesome game), Remember Me (interesting game concepts, plus I am a sucker for scifi) and Dragon Dogma: Arisen (Playing right now and enjoying it) have been free on psn+ the past few months.

If you are looking for a good adventure game, The Raven was quite good.

#19 Edited by Yummylee (21507 posts) -

#20 Edited by altairre (1181 posts) -

@ares42 said:

Rayman Legends is easily one of the best games of the year and it got nowhere near the attention it deserves. I bought and played both Rayman Legends and Mario 3D World and it pains me to see how much praise Mario got over Rayman.

I takes the third spot on my goty list. I never really got into Mario games but this game I found this game to be pure joy. The artstyle, the music, the feeling of the actual platforming combined with creative level design (the music levels are just fantastic). It's fucking awesome and you should play it if you haven't.

#21 Posted by bmehlers (129 posts) -

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger did not revolutionize the fps genre, but for coming out of nowhere after an absolute shit reboot (Cartel), this was a pleasant surprise. The shooting was solid, the story telling was... simple, but had an interesting twist. It was definitely fun for one sitting or two.

I agree with Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. This game is really fun with a neat dueling mechanic, upgrading system, cool Borderlands-esque artstyle, and a neat story. One of my favorites this year.

#22 Edited by rmanthorp (3913 posts) -

Risk of Rain and Race the Sun!

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#23 Posted by Random88 (284 posts) -

Haven't seen many people talk about The Guided Fate Paradox. Which is a shame. One of my top 10 games of the year

#24 Posted by JacDG (2119 posts) -

@bmehlers said:

@themangalist said:

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger did not revolutionize the fps genre, but for coming out of nowhere after an absolute shit reboot (Cartel), this was a pleasant surprise. The shooting was solid, the story telling was... simple, but had an interesting twist. It was definitely fun for one sitting or two.

I agree with Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. This game is really fun with a neat dueling mechanic, upgrading system, cool Borderlands-esque artstyle, and a neat story. One of my favorites this year.

Totally, agree, very fun game from start to finish.

#25 Posted by Aetheldod (3554 posts) -

Brütal Legend Pc version .... a game to be played by Metal fans.

#26 Posted by thebipsnbeeps (546 posts) -

Despite all of the good buzz it had for a bit, I believe Patrick's the only one that'll recall Fire Emblem at all throughout the deliberations, though I'd adore to eat those words.

#27 Posted by BaneFireLord (2927 posts) -

Remember Monaco? That totally came out this year.

#28 Posted by e30bmw (356 posts) -

Also, maybe not forgotten, but Heart of the Swarm (March 12, 2013) came out this year. The campaign part was maybe a bit short but great, for me. I don't mess much with the multiplayer, but I heard it's not bad:)

I just beat the Heart of the Swarm campaign last night right after beating the Wings of Liberty campaign. I think I liked the Heart of the Swarm campaign better. I have a feeling that it will get overlooked a little bit, but I don't think it deserves to be.

#29 Posted by supermonkey122 (816 posts) -

GTA V

#30 Posted by mosespippy (4121 posts) -

Is it bad that I own Remember Me, Ni No Kuni and Tomb Raider but haven't started any of them? I should probably get to it before they are talked about in GOTY podcasts. God, why did I waste so much time this year playing Nier? And I didn't realize this until I was finished the game and went back to edit the wiki but GRID 2 was also this year. I thought it was years old by this point.

Now that I think about it, anything that came out on Vita this year will be on this list. Soul Sacrifice, Tearaway, Killzone, Ys Memories of Celceta, 10X8, probably some others I'm forgetting. I played a lot of Soul Sacrifice and Tearaway this week and both are really fun.

#31 Edited by wumbo3000 (960 posts) -

Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies

#32 Posted by Jeust (10552 posts) -

Ni No Kuni was forgotten pretty quickly, but then again it wasn't all that memorable.

#33 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

@jacdg said:

@bmehlers said:

@themangalist said:

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger did not revolutionize the fps genre, but for coming out of nowhere after an absolute shit reboot (Cartel), this was a pleasant surprise. The shooting was solid, the story telling was... simple, but had an interesting twist. It was definitely fun for one sitting or two.

I agree with Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. This game is really fun with a neat dueling mechanic, upgrading system, cool Borderlands-esque artstyle, and a neat story. One of my favorites this year.

Totally, agree, very fun game from start to finish.

The smart thing they did was not overextend the game, it was a good length and never got boring. Unlike Shadow Warrior, which is quite fun but the levels are too long and they get tedious.

#34 Edited by TheMasterDS (2052 posts) -

I went back to Starcraft II Heart of the Swarm yesterday to refresh how I felt about it. I had forgotten precisely how fantastic it was in the last year I found out. It's phenomenal. I initially intended to only replay a bit but I'm going to keep playing it until I refinish it. Then I think I'll do the same for Last of Us and Bioshock since they are #2 and #1 to Starcraft's #3 respectively far as I'm concerned. That's fair. (I had had SC2 at #4 below Rogue Legacy. Replaying it moved it up one notch. Awesome.)

#35 Edited by JacDG (2119 posts) -

@mosdl said:

@jacdg said:

@bmehlers said:

@themangalist said:

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger did not revolutionize the fps genre, but for coming out of nowhere after an absolute shit reboot (Cartel), this was a pleasant surprise. The shooting was solid, the story telling was... simple, but had an interesting twist. It was definitely fun for one sitting or two.

I agree with Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. This game is really fun with a neat dueling mechanic, upgrading system, cool Borderlands-esque artstyle, and a neat story. One of my favorites this year.

Totally, agree, very fun game from start to finish.

The smart thing they did was not overextend the game, it was a good length and never got boring. Unlike Shadow Warrior, which is quite fun but the levels are too long and they get tedious.

100%, it was the perfect length and the levels felt just right as well. There was enough time for you to unlock a bunch of cool skills, play around with them without them becoming stale or boring. Very nice experience.

#36 Edited by LackingSaint (1789 posts) -

I really, really enjoyed my time with Prison Architect and State of Decay. Fire Emblem: Awakening is a fantastic game I know a lot of people seemed way into, but not so much among GB staff or the community.

#37 Posted by BigSocrates (302 posts) -

Brütal Legend Pc version .... a game to be played by Metal fans.

I love Brutal Legend and am very sad there will be no sequel, but it's not fair to say it came out this year. If we do where does it end? Virtual console games? Hd collections? IT'S MADNESS.

In the same way I think Heart of the Swarm is more of an expansion pack than a new game. I mean it is available as an expansion pack and even Blizzard's own copy is : "StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is the first expansion to the 2010 release of the heralded Real-Time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.*"

It clearly builds on Wings of Liberty in an expansion packy way. It should be up for DLC of the year but not game of the year.

#38 Posted by Stete (731 posts) -

Amnesia - A Machine for Pigs. Easily the most disturbing game since the PS2 days of Silent Hill.

#39 Posted by Vuud (1959 posts) -

Barbie Dreamhouse Party.

At least, I want to forget...

#40 Posted by Vinny_Says (5700 posts) -

Remember all those screenshots of Crysis 3 and all the lulz that were had by PC elitists at the expense of people excited for PS4 and XONE....Remember anything else about Crysis 3? Ya didn't think so...That came out this year.

Also to the guy above who mentioned Rayman, hell yeah that didn't get any attention at all here. They seriously gave up on the game in the middle of that quicklook when Jeff didn't like using the touchpad to control the frog. Talk about a reason to skip a whole game.