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#1 Posted by bartok (2585 posts) -

After buying Shadows of the Damned based on the Bombcast crews recommendation and having a blast.  I was wondering what other hidden gems have I missed out on.   
 Please don't post Deadly Premonition or Earth Defense Force because those are talked about so much by numerous game forums that they lost their hidden gem status.

#2 Edited by crusader8463 (14429 posts) -

Bad Company 1 has one of the best cast of characters in any video game I have ever played, but it never gets talked about. That's about all I can think of for consoles since I'm a PC guy.
 
  

    
#3 Posted by Yanngc33 (4461 posts) -

Lords of Shadow is a good one that's worth checking out

#4 Posted by Maajin (1089 posts) -

Vanquish is a terribly underrated game.

#5 Posted by Grissefar (2830 posts) -

Valkyria Chronicles is probably the definition of gem.

#6 Posted by JasonR86 (9728 posts) -

You all may laugh at me BUT...
 
There were a few WiiWare games that were lost in the shuffle.  The two LostWinds' games are really good as is NyxQuest (which you can get on PC as well).   VVVVV on PC is great and Muramasa on the Wii is also really good.  Not many people played it for good reason but Mirror's Edge really can be a lot of fun at times.  Plus, you can get it really cheap (all versions of the game are under $10 used and $20 new at Amazon).

#7 Posted by Levius (1230 posts) -

Call of Juarez; Bound In Blood was a really fun game with a surprisingly good story.

I will also echo vanquish. Dark Sector was quite good too.

#8 Posted by SadPatrol (502 posts) -

Modern Warfare 2 and halo reach

#9 Posted by SteamPunkJin (1286 posts) -
@Maajin said:

Vanquish is a terribly underrated game.

Correct.  
Vanquish is a wonderful game - I really wish more people played it/paid attention to it.
#10 Posted by Foghorn6 (36 posts) -

Singularity, Nier and Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom are a few games I thought were pretty good but probably didn't do well sales-wise.

#11 Posted by BeachThunder (12427 posts) -

Cryostasis.

#12 Posted by Shuborno (938 posts) -

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts is amazing. It is a true marriage of user-created content and gameplay. You can beat challenges by pure gameplay skill if you want (for a weaker experience), but the triumph is that if you are creative about solving a problem you can build a vehicle that solves it easily. The latter is a satisfaction I don't get from any other game.

#14 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

@AmatureIdiot said:

Call of Juarez; Bound In Blood was a really fun game with a surprisingly good story.

seconded

@BeachThunder said:

Cryostasis.

Troll!

#15 Posted by Ninja_Welshman (500 posts) -

@Grissefar said:

Valkyria Chronicles is probably the definition of gem.

Completely agree. Awesome game. Shame the sequels are on PSP. Here's hoping one day they release them for PS3.

@Maajin said:

Vanquish is a terribly underrated game.

Very much under rated. Crap characters but the action, set pieces and boss fights are definitely worth the price of admission.

Can get both of these real cheap now as well.

#16 Posted by apoptosis61 (568 posts) -

no more heroes 
 
no more heroes 2 
 
TRAVIS TOUCHDOWN FUCKING OWNZZZZZZZZ 
 
  

#17 Posted by nohthink (1223 posts) -

@bartok: I don't know which console you have but if you have PS3 and like RPG, Valkyria Chronicle is actually a really good game. It's too bad that it went under the radar but it is a solid RPG game that needs to be more recognized

#18 Posted by TheBootlegSaint (28 posts) -

Enslaved was a great game that didn't get much success commercially.

#19 Posted by jozzy (2035 posts) -

Definately Nier, great game. Vikings: Battle for Asgard is a delight too if you are a fan of brutal vikings.

#20 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Fragile Dreams. The fact that I was the first one to post it kinda proves my point.

#21 Posted by Meowshi (2911 posts) -
@apoptosis61 said:
no more heroes 
 
no more heroes 2 
 
TRAVIS TOUCHDOWN FUCKING OWNZZZZZZZZ 
 
  
yeah, it's certainly not like people bring up this series whenever they talk about the wii!
#22 Posted by project343 (2838 posts) -

I nominate Greed Corp as being the best/most overlooked game of this generation. Still doesn't live up to last generation's best/most overlooked game, though.

#23 Posted by Mousse_gallon (213 posts) -
#24 Posted by GunstarRed (5477 posts) -

Battle Fantasia  is cool.
#25 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2699 posts) -

@Grissefar said:

Valkyria Chronicles is probably the definition of gem.

Yup.

Valkyria Chronicles

Vanquish

To the guy who said Bad Company, are you kidding? Amazing game, but that's the definition of a blockbuster success... Nothing "hidden" about that gem.

#26 Posted by handlas (2755 posts) -
@BeachThunder said:
Cryostasis.
yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees. 
Online
#27 Posted by laserbolts (5368 posts) -

I know it has it's problems and some people don't like it but I loved the saboteur. It was something about that game that just clicked with me.

#28 Posted by SuperWristBands (2266 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Fragile Dreams. The fact that I was the first one to post it kinda proves my point.

I bought that game after the comments on one of your blogs!

I still haven't played it yet!

:(

On topic, I'm gonna throw out Valkyria Chronicles. Everyone should own this game.

(Also, the Wizardry game that is available on the PS Store but I doubt there are too many people into that kind of gameplay)

#29 Posted by Giantstalker (1728 posts) -

Not sure if it's new enough, but on the PC, I feel World in Conflict deserved to be more popular than it was. It never even got a sequel or anything. Such a great game though.

I'll also echo sentiments about Vanquish, that game's a blast but it never got anything close to Bayonetta-levels of fame.

Valkyria Chronicles (the first one) is another game I see people posting, it's probably still the best strategic game on the PS3 for sure.

#30 Edited by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

First one that springs to mind...

#31 Posted by Kyle (2325 posts) -

Culdcept Saga is pretty cool if you like weird card games. It's like a cross between Magic the Gathering and Monopoly. Yeah.

Also: I think a lot of people in this thread don't know what a "hidden gem" is.

#32 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

It's already been said but damn Banjo: Nuts and Bolts is so good.

#33 Edited by imsh_pl (3314 posts) -

Valkyria Chronicles, Ghost Trick, 999
 
Seriously, Ghost Trick is the most original game of this generation. There is literally nothing even remotely similar.

#34 Posted by protomessiah (49 posts) -

Lost Odyssey.

#35 Posted by dagas (2930 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

Bad Company 1 has one of the best cast of characters in any video game I have ever played, but it never gets talked about. That's about all I can think of for consoles since I'm a PC guy.

I never got BC1. I think BC2 is better in every way. BC1 I played through just to get it done before playing BC2 while BC2 I went right back in to play again on hard after finishing it. BC1 is mediocre while BC2 was an awesome game. And I'm talking both single player and multi player. But I guess it's kind of the Mass Effect thing were ME2 improved on pretty much everything but many still like ME1 more.

I'd like to add Import Tuner Challange to the list. Once you get past the weird physics of the cars it's oddly compelling to just cruise around the highways in Tokyo and challange random cars to battle.

#36 Posted by JTB123 (1044 posts) -

Vanquish, some games get their "hidden" status out of being quirky whereas Vanquish is mechanically and technically superior to every other third person out there and hardly anyone even knows that it exists.  
 
I would say The Club also, it's super simple, but it does what it does extremely well, definitely worth a look if you're a score junky like me. 

#37 Posted by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -

Nier
 
NierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNier
 
The single most underrated anything ever.

#38 Posted by niamahai (1394 posts) -

Vanquish, Shadows of the Damned, Bayonetta

#39 Posted by BeachThunder (12427 posts) -
@imsh_pl said:
Valkyria Chronicles, Ghost Trick, 999  Seriously, Ghost Trick is the most original game of this generation. There is literally nothing even remotely similar.
The Ace Attorney games? :P
 
Um, seriously, Ghost Trick is my favourite game so far this year. I guess DS games get overlooked, generally =(
#40 Posted by crusader8463 (14429 posts) -
@dagas: I loved the needle health system and found it added a bit of strategy to the game, instead of when they just cloned the COD health system for two. Plus, I found the story progression and mission layout was a lot more enjoyable the first time around, and the second one felt like they were trying too hard to be COD in almost every mission. The first one felt like they just went out and tried to do their own thing, while the second was, as I have said already, was them trying to make Battlefield: COD Edition.
 
I just wish the first one had of come out on PC, because, as much as I enjoyed it, I hated needing to play it with the controller. So if I can enjoy the game as much as I did, despite being forced to play it with a controller, that really says something in my books.
#41 Edited by Ghostiet (5329 posts) -
@Foghorn6 said:

Singularity, Nier and Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom are a few games I thought were pretty good but probably didn't do well sales-wise.

Definitely the first two. I would add Folklore on the PS3 to the list.


@Ventilaator said:

Nier

NierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNierNier

The single most underrated anything ever.

I am glad you have joined the believers.
#42 Posted by RJPelonia (863 posts) -
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes for PSN and XBLA is a fantastic puzzle/RPG game. Not sure if it could be considered a "hidden gem" or not, but it's still a great game nonetheless.
#43 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Black Ops

#44 Posted by WoodenPlatypus (1356 posts) -
@Ygg said:


                    Black Ops

                   

               

Oh you.
#45 Posted by nickux (1377 posts) -

There are so many to choose from so to help myself not get carried away I'll limit to one per system.

Wii

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Yeah this game had some issues, most notably the chase sequences getting frustrated, but stick with it to the end for some awesome storytelling!

PS3/360

Mirror's Edge

It got a lot of buzz when it first came out but I feel like since then it's gotten a lot of undeserved hated. Yes, the shooting is bad and unnecessary and the trial & error can feel tedious to some but I love this game despite its flaws. Besides you can get it for less than $10 now.

DS

Lunar Knights

Kojima Productions' spiritual successor to the Boktai series. Awesome isometric action game with vampires fighting giant enemy crab bosses.

iOS

Shibuya

Got a lot of praise during last year's PAX since it was one of the PAX-10 btu for 99 cents this game has lots of replayability, a great soundtrack, and the kind of addictive Tetris-like gameplay that's easy to learn, hard to master.

#46 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4892 posts) -

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was definitely the most under appreciated "hidden gem" of this console generation. 

#47 Posted by Grissefar (2830 posts) -

@nohthink said:

@bartok: I don't know which console you have but if you have PS3 and like RPG, Valkyria Chronicle is actually a really good game. It's too bad that it went under the radar but it is a solid RPG game that needs to be more recognized

Actually, it sold a million. That's pretty good for a game of its type. It's just that nobody from the Giant Bomb staff played it because they were too busy playing non-Japanese games.

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#50 Posted by DougQuaid (1275 posts) -

I don't know if this qualifies, but Alan Wake. 
 
It reviewed pretty well but sold poorly, which is a damn shame because it's a fantastic game.