In the wake of the latest premium show premiere (and a quite excellent one at that, in my humble opinion!), what game would you pick as your personal Guilty Treasure? In other words, what’s a little-known, little-covered game that you have fondness for that you wish more people knew about?
I’d probably go with Lego Island Xtreme Stunts. I haven’t returned to it in probably 15 years so I doubt it holds up, but I had a blast with it as a kid and rarely hear about it on the internet. One of the last major Lego games before they all submitted to the Traveler’s Tales formula, it didn’t have the surrealist streak of the original Lego Island or the personality and globetrotting appeal of the sequel, but it had an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to its activities and mechanics that I haven’t seen anything else quite like since. As a kid without access to a console or M-rated games, the combo skateboarding/extreme sports/GTA-lite open world gameplay scratched a variety of itches I wasn’t otherwise able to satisfy. I also loved how the in-game radio was filled with original, Lego-themed songs—a lot of work and attention to detail was clearly put into a game that it would have been really easy to half-ass. I dearly wish the Lego games still had that try-anything spirit after going on 20 years of more-or-less the same broad formula for every property.