It’s easy to overlook that backlog of games many of us have with Wii U, PS4, and XBox One providing a whole new assortment of titles to play. Even easer, though, is to forget the games that weren’t spotlight stealers even when Wii, XBox 360, and PS3 were in their prime. Let’s look back on some great, overlooked titles that many people might have missed back in the day!
Spyborgs | Wii | 2009
Brawlers can be a tricky nut to crack, and not everyone’s idea of the perfect slugfest is always going to mesh with other people, but I really had fun with Spyborgs. The graphics were polished and vibrant on Wii, and the controls were solid. Pummeling foes was smooth and satisfying, as the best beat ’em ups should be, and I had a soft spot for the over the top heroes Clandestine, Bouncer, and Stinger. It’s also a good co-op game for those wanting some buddy time on Wii!
Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman | PSP | 2010
PSP might not have quite the library of games that Nintendo’s DS does, but that doesn’t mean the system is devoid of overlooked gems. Unlosing Ranger is one of them, a sort of cooky tactical RPG filled with character and excellent combat. A lot of common convention of the RTS subgenre of RPGs were thrown out of the window for this game, making it much more accessible to a wider variety of players. Plus, it’s pretty and funny! At the same time! Nice.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands | PS3/XBox 360 | 2010
The aptly-named Forgotten Sands remains an under-sung highpoint of the franchise. Excellent play mechanics complemented the game’s immersive, sweeping visuals, and, with its engaging story, made it a real can’t-miss experience. Except, quite a few people did, and the Prince has been MIA ever since. Don’t let this collect dust when you pass it in a GameStop; it’s easily worth your time if you enjoyed The Sands of Time.
Alice: Madness Returns | PS3/XBox 360 | 2011
This is a title that was really failed by reviewers. The narrative was creepy, dark, and gripping, which isn’t easy for a lot of games. It didn’t hurt that combat was a blast and the psychedelic, intricate visuals were wonderful eye candy. This is a game that has to be played to be appreciated. Keep your eyes peeled for shout outs to other video game series while you play!
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective | Nintendo DS | 2011
It’s absolute murder that this game didn’t sell better. Ghost Trick remains at the very least an equal to the Phoenix Wright series, with clever writing, beautiful visuals, and a nice twist ending. The play controls put a wonderful spin on the visual novel genre, while the character animations are something else. People who complain that the video game industry doesn’t experiment enough should slap themselves if they never picked this one up.
Honorable Mention- Klonoa: Door to Phantomile | Wii | 2009
The Klonoa games in general don’t get enough love, but this Wii remake of the PlayStation original was a standout experience. Its 2.5D gameplay is as fun now as it was when it debuted, mixing 2D platforming with 3D environments. It’s cutesy, but that’s no crime, and shouldn’t be a deterrent to anyone who wants a solid platformer. Seek out the Game Boy Advance titles, too!
There are lost of overlooked games waiting to be played; go get your hands on some today!