Perfect, Underappreciated Games - PS1 Era and After

As the title says, this would be a list of games that I have personally compiled as being absolutely perfect while also remaining underappreciated.

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Posted by Jeff

I don't know that I'd call Portal underappreciated, but hey, good list either way.

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Edited by jakob187
@Jeff said:

" I don't know that I'd call Portal underappreciated, but hey, good list either way. "

I live in Waco, Texas.  Around here, it's underappreciated.  I keep forgetting there is a whole world outside of Texas where it wasn't so underappreciated.  Every time I suggest to a kid that comes into my workplace "hey, play Portal", they look at me like I'm fucking insane...and then they ask for World at War...  =  / 
 
I guess I'll take it off the list, since everyone has said that Portal shouldn't be on there.  I'm sure I can find something to put in its place.  lol
Posted by dbz1995

I could have got Vagrant story and Dark Cloud 2, but I chose Chrono Trigger and Champions of Norrath instead.

Posted by dankempster

Nice list. I hold Vagrant Story and Dark Chronicle at the same level of high regard. 

Posted by Video_Game_King

Wait, Brave Fencer Musashi is good? I just didn't like it that much.

Posted by Breadfan

Freedom Fighters was a great game.  I loved every minute of it and the multiplayer was pretty fun as well.

Posted by dice66111

dude i was just talking to some one about dark cloud and they hadn't heard of either 1 or 2.

Posted by Doomblossom

I adored Brave Fencer Musashi. I might add it to my list... and now I definitely want to take a look at Vagrant Story. Great list!

Posted by rjayb89

Vagrant Story kicked my ass, the last time I played it.

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Posted by Mezmero

Only ones I haven't played are Dark Cloud 2, and Champions.  But yes!  God yes!  On all fronts yes!

Posted by JackG100

Dont think that  Dead Space, Beyond Good and Evil and Freedom Fighters are underappreciated, but Vagrant Story is awesome and I rarely hear people talk of it.

Posted by gonzab

Nice list man. Some games I enjoy and some other interesting ones I don't really see in these types of lists too often.

Posted by peritus

Good list.
 
Anyone with a PS3 should get Vagrant story on PSN if they missed it :)

Posted by Marino

I'm glad I'm not the only one that liked the Champions games.  And also that maybe I wasn't completely biased by my EQ past in liking it.

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Posted by Killjoule

I like your list.  I just wanted to comment on the games I've played (most of which I've loved).  BG&E is one of my favorites of all time.  Can't argue with that.  Freedom Fighters I really enjoyed, but I would definitely not call it a perfect game.  I thought the fun of it was in the combination of tactically commanding your allies in the context of an action game, and not in the "pinpoint amazing controls."  I found the more 'shootery' levels (where you don't have a squad to command) to be both the most frustrating and the least fun.  Brave Fencer was a fun game that I put tons of time into and completed.  It was very original as well.  But for some reason, I didn't love it as much as you.   
Dead Space is another one that's among my favorites of all time, although I'm not sure I would call it underappreciated, especially with Dead Space 2's warm reception.  Psi-Ops, on the other hand, is criminally underappreciated, and (along with 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand) is one of the most surprisingly fun, well-made games despite a campy, generic presentation.  I will, however, say that the last level with the invisible mines was a complete pain in the ass. 
Finally, I love everything about the style and underappreciatedness of Vagrant Story, but I found it far too punishing.  I remember playing it for several hours, doing my best to manage my weapons well, and (I thought) generally playing well.  But then I came to a dragon, which killed me instantly.  I put it down after that and never went back, although I'd really like to.  Any tips?

Posted by pg77

cumbersome to play with out the L2 and R2 buttons. You can swipe the rear touch pad to enable the quick access to spells and items, but I find myself accidentally enabling the quick access and being forced to go through the menu system the long way.

I wish Square-Enix will revisit this franchise soon.

Edited by DrShakes

Good list, but I wouldn't consider Dark Cloud 2 underappreciated.

Posted by rickyyo

@jakob187 said:

@Jeff

said:

" I don't know that I'd call Portal underappreciated, but hey, good list either way. "

I live in Waco, Texas. Around here, it's underappreciated. I keep forgetting there is a whole world outside of Texas where it wasn't so underappreciated. Every time I suggest to a kid that comes into my workplace "hey, play Portal", they look at me like I'm fucking insane...and then they ask for World at War... = /

I guess I'll take it off the list, since everyone has said that Portal shouldn't be on there. I'm sure I can find something to put in its place. lol

I have a friend who went to the Technical College and Waco... I understand that sentiment you have.

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