As the current console generation winds down and games I find worthy of full retail price have started to become a much rarer occurrence I've found myself seeking out games that I either missed during this generation or games that I maybe wouldn't usually play otherwise. Does anyone have any recommendations for good, obscure-ish games that came out for either console this generation that you think are at least worth giving a go? As long as it's not too expensive I'm pretty much willing to try it.
I need to give Valkyria another shot. I love strategy games, and at least like anime, but didn't like much about VC at all. Just felt like there were a ton of cutscenes/comic book sequences telling a story I didn't care about when I just wanted to play. Felt like the actual gameplay time was a fraction of the time I spent listening to the story. But I also didn't get super far, so perhaps that changes. It didn't after like three hours though, so I just stopped playing. Perhaps I'll pop that in while I wait for the big March games to release.
I agree with the person who said Radiant Historia for sure though. A great RPG, I actually prefer it to Chrono Trigger (which people won't agree with, but whatever). I need to check out that Fragile Dreams thing too.
There are a lot of games on the Wii worth playing that very few people know about: Dawn of Discovery, A Boy and His Blob, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, among many more. There's also games like Valkyria Chronicles on the PS3 and Earth Defense Force 2017 on the Xbox 360 that few know about. Another PS3 gem that nobody really talks about is Warhawk, one of the best multiplayer games nobody played.
@sathingtonwaltz: The only people who played Warhawk past the first year are people who have put in hundreds and sometimes thousands of hours. New players are just not going to find it fun playing against that competition. It's much more difficult to pick up and play than a Halo or CoD style multiplayer. Since the game does such a terrible job of teaching players the mechanics 85% of players only played for 3 hours or less.
Nier is the best game ever made (in my opinion, obviously)
you should play it
because no one really did and all the critics hate it because they're terrible
Nier is one of the most interesting and heartbreaking games ever made. The game part of Nier is aggressively mediocre and at times bad. Still totally worth playing though. Just get the Phoenix Spear as soon as possible.
One of my (embarrassing) favorites of this gen that no one else played and / or hated if they did play was Operation Darkness for the Xbox 360. Everyone hates it largely because the graphics are barely PS2 quality and the camera is the worst that has ever appeared in an SRPG.
That being said, the story is ridiculously amazing (It's WW2 alternative history with Werewolves and Vampires, Anime, etc.) and full of characters with stupid over the top personalities, and the game is pretty damn good from an SRPG standpoint. Again though, the camera is the absolute worst ever and this game has a 46 metacritic score. I would never have played it if it wasn't sub $10 and published by Atlus.
wait, what games do you normally play, & do things like flower or other non retail count as under the radar?
baja edge of control (NOT 1000 from activision), the darkness, army of 2 (1, 2), skate (1, 2, 3), the 2 tony hawk games before the skateboard controller, afro samurai, haze, fracture, eat lead, simpsons, bourne, deblob, enslaved, MAG, valkyria chronicles & folklore as mentioned earlier, midnight club LA, mx vs atv untamed (reflex & alive are harder to control), smash cars, super rub a dub, every pixeljunk game, mushroom wars, microbot, funky lab rat, eat them, crash commando, burn zombie burn, blast factor, auditorium hd....
well i could keep listing small or 'indie' games but then it just becomes a list of games to check out that may or may not be mainstream & that you may or may not have played already
Feel like I've said this too many times before, but Resonance of Fate is great. It's a gameplay focused jrpg with unique and interesting combat, levelling and loot/crafting, while also having some pretty damn ridicolous story-points. It's one of very few games I've played through more than twice this generation, which is sorta impressive considering it's a 30+ hour game.
@babychoochoo: I was thinking about playing that, you might have just convinced me.
@doubleplusrad: If it makes you feel any better i also very much enjoyed operation darkness. I guess it would be crazy to hold out hope for a portable version of that game or hope for a new game in that series.
@animasta: Is that game still worth it even if I know "the twist"? (the way I remember it, it sounded like a twist anyway...) My friend told me about around the time it came because I had no interest in playing in it, but after hearing that, I feel I may have spoiled it for myself.