There are so many games that have, are, and continue to release at frequent intervals. It's physically impossible at this point for a single person to play each and every game that has ever released. While this is obviously not an obligation, it's still somewhat alarming to see just how much the gaming industry has progressed over time. In fact, the sheer number of games that have released over time is so high that there's bound to be some titles that have been swept under the rug for a multitude of reasons. There are several reasons as to why this might be the case — a lack of anticipation, uninteresting gameplay, boring story, lack of finesse, a multitude of bugs, and anything else along the same lines are just some of the many reasons why these games disappear into the depths of obscurity.
However, there are times when good gaming titles — or even franchises, for that matter — don't receive the everlasting love and praise that they deserve and fade into obscurity as well, for reasons that one simply can't explain without shaking their head. There are numerous instances when this has happened to be the case, and we have picked out thirty such titles and franchises, which — while capturing the hearts of gaming fans all over the world — have simply not received the love they deserve in recent times. So, without further ado, let's get started.
29 Prince Of Persia
The Prince Of Persia series is one of the most legendary gaming series of all time, released back when Ubisoft was in its prime of making excellent video game titles that didn't replicate the same open world formula over and over and over again.
However, no one is really talking about the series nowadays.
There are several reasons as to why this might be the case, with the most telling one being that the Assassin's Creed series was technically a spiritual successor to Prince Of Persia. Ironically enough, it seems that the latter is now lost to the Sands Of Time, while the former is still being churned out to this very day.
28 Dino Crisis
The success of Resident Evil spawned a number of games by Capcom — and other publishers as well — that took the art style and gameplay that made this title all the more relevant. So, obviously, most gamers didn't even bat an eye to the new releases that looked like Resident Evil... including a little known game known as Dino Crisis.
This is a darn shame since Dino Crisis is a legitimately good series.
If you wish to rekindle the feeling of playing an excellent game that replicates the feel of old survival horror titles, then we highly recommend giving Dino Crisis a shot.
Speaking of Dino Crisis and Resident Evil, it's time to talk about another Capcom video game that wasn't able to withstand the test of time. Onimusha was an excellent hack-and-slash game that took the base of what Capcom had built and added a ton of action to the mix.
The result was a great game that spawned a series.
However, this series became oddly quite after 2006, with the release of Onimusha: Dawn Of Dreams. While the first game did receive an HD Remaster in January of this year, it must be said that most modern gamers don't really have a clue about this series anymore.
26 Clock Tower
Horror games either tend to become cult classics, pop culture phenomenons, or obscure titles over time. In the case of the Clock Tower series, it seems that the title went down the last path. Ask anyone right now if they've ever heard about Clock Tower, and chances are that they probably haven't.
It's a darn shame since Clock Tower featured some of the most intricate puzzles and nail-biting chase scenes we've ever witnessed in a video game. Now, if only the series could be revived at some point...
25 Quest 64
Quest 64 is a game released by THQ for the — no points for guessing this one — the Nintendo 64. It was a title with great graphics for its time, but didn't exactly receive a warm reception upon release and had an average performance in terms of sales.
However, over time, people realized that the strengths of Quest 64 far surpassed its flaws. An inventive magic system, unique leveling system, and the decision of not having any money in an RPG game made Quest 64 a favorite amongst RPG fans all over.
24 Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver
The Legacy Of Kain series is one of the most aesthetic and open gaming series for its time, and it's a shame that this series never really took off as it should've. The game we're going to focus on right now is the first game, titled Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver.
Featuring unique combat mechanics, excellent platforming, and great puzzles, it's honestly a wonder as to why this title didn't receive the praise it duly received. Why it did spark the birth of a series, it never really reached the heights of popularity it justly deserved.
23 Zombies Ate My Neighbors
LucasArts was generally known for creating point-and-click games with their own unique art style and humor. However, in a way to subvert expectations, these two aspects were attached to a run-and-gun game. The result was a game called Zombies Ate My Neighbors, which is an excellent title through and through.
While the game didn't sell well upon release, it became a cult classic over time. The gameplay was excellent, the art style was somehow both dreary & endearing at the same time, and classic LucasArts humor elevated the game to an entirely new level.
22 Bushido Blade
Ever since the advent of Mortal Kombat, the market for fighting games has, is, and continues to expand by leaps and bounds. However, this oversaturation brought a lingering pressure on developers to innovate on the fighting genre to entice fans.
Bushido Blade is one such game that did try things from a different perspective but wasn't able to present itself in an appealing manner. Due to this, the game never really received the praise, recognition, and — most importantly — sales that it duly deserved.
21 Armored Core
Armored Core is a game released from a relatively unknown studio that you might not be aware of. To clear this doubt, let us state that the studio in question is FromSoftware — y'know, just the people who made games like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Unlike these hardcore experiences, the Armored Core series features rather accessible gameplay that would entice pretty much any person who is invested in the mecha genre. Just don't expect a challenge level like that of FromSoftware's more well-known gaming experiences.
20 Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Games that break the fourth wall are actually quite prolific — just look at the sheer number of releases to understand why this is the case — but the games that manage to do this successfully are few and far between. One such game that falls in the latter category is Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem.
As we've already discussed before, this is one of the many excellent horror video games that people, unfortunately, don't know much about. The game did many things right, including an innovative sanity meter that — if too low — would cause the game to freak out on you in the most creative ways possible.
19 Perfect Dark
After the success of Goldeneye 007, it was obvious that the N64 would witness a sudden influx of first-person shooters. Most gamers wrote off such games as cheap knockoffs, and while we're not saying that Perfect Dark received the same treatment, the mere fact that most people don't talk about this masterpiece is a crime in itself.
Of course, like Goldeneye 007, the control scheme of this game hasn't aged. However, at that time, Perfect Dark was one of the greatest first-person shooters of all time — a statement that simply can't be taken lightly.
18 Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Stealth gameplay has become a necessity of sorts in the games of today. However, there was a time when strictly stealthy games were hard to form. However, succeeding in doing so could prove to be quite a rewarding experience, and such was the case with Tenchu: Stealth Assassins.
Remember when we were talking about FromSoftware? Well, their latest game — Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — is somewhat inspired by Tenchu: Stealth Assassins.
That's one heck of a compliment in itself.
17 God Hand
God Hand was destined to be a commercial flop upon release. This was obvious — after all, the infamous IGN review pretty much doomed this game to failure with its unfair rating. Thus, most people who might've been interested in the game wrote it off from the get-go because they just assumed it wasn't good enough.
However, the fact of the matter is that God Hand is one of the most challenging and entertaining video games one could've played at that time. The combat was something truly revolutionary, with an incredibly high number of moves and an innovative difficulty system adding to the mix.
16 The Warriors
Generally, games that are based on movies don't usually raise any eyebrows. There are various reasons as to why this might be the case, from subpar adaptations to lackluster efforts being just some of the many catalysts that have led to such an infamous reputation for movie adaptations.
Thankfully, the video game based on The Warriors managed to break through this perception and provide one of the best beat-'em-up experiences of all time. It was obvious that this game would be excellent — after all, it's made by a little known studio known as Rockstar.
15 Jet Set Radio
Games with striking art styles and unique gameplay, unfortunately, become obsolete over time, as we've seen with some of the titles on this list. One such game who has become victim to such an unfortunate fate is Jet Set Radio.
Featuring an excellent soundtrack, amazing gameplay, and an art style that will stick with you for ages, it's a darn shame that most people don't talk about this game as much as they should. However, there is a silver lining — the game has been released for pretty much every platform you can think of, so it's not too late for you to experience this masterpiece.
14 Viewtiful Joe
Since we're already talking about games with a great combination of gameplay and art styles, it's time to talk about another title that fits in the same vein. Viewtiful Joe is a title created by the defunct studio called Team Viewtiful, which later went on to call itself Clover Studios.
It seems that this studio has a penchant for making underrated games — after all, one such title that falls in the same category is a game we've already talked about, God Hand.
It's sad how such a talented and innovative studio ended up biting the dust.
13 Dark Cloud
Action RPGs have become the bread-and-butter of the video game industry in modern times, to the point where you'll be hard-pressed to find any mainstream game that doesn't feature the mechanics present in this genre to some extent.
So, it's a genuine surprise that a game like Dark Cloud didn't reach the heights it duly deserved, when it was released for the PS2. Featuring an excellent blend of video game mechanics that were seemingly unrelated, Dark Cloud will prove to be a great experience for any person who wishes to play an excellent video game, no questions asked.
12 Lost Odyssey
For the people who don't know who Hironobu Sakaguchi is, let us inform you by stating that he's the pioneering mind behind the series known as Final Fantasy. Yeah, that's quite a compliment in itself, isn't it?
After drifting apart from Square Enix, Sakaguchi opened his own studio called Mistwalker. Perhaps the best game ever released by this studio has to be Lost Odyssey — one of the best JRPGs of its time.
Unfortunately, the Mistwalker of today only makes mobile games that no one cares about.
For people who might not be into JRPGs, Xenogears might seem like nothing more than another run-of-the-mill mecha game. However, trust us when we tell you that its anything but — to be painfully honest, Xenogears is one of the best JRPGs of all time... or at least, the first half is.
Unfortunately, the second half of the game gets bogged down due to budgeting issues, to the point where its just walls of text followed by endless boss fights. However, the game is worth playing for the excellent first half itself — it's just a shame that most people don't know about it.
10 Panzer Dragoon Saga
It seems that we're on a roll when it comes to mentioning JRPGs on this list. That is obvious, however — the genre is full to the brim with so many games that it's honestly hard not to comprise this entire list of underrated gems from this genre itself.
However, we'll digress and just go forward with mentioningPanzer Dragoon Saga, which is arguably one of the best overlooked JRPGs of all time. One of the major reasons why this game was overlooked was because of its limited release, which is a darn shame since this game is genuinely amazing in every sense of the word.
9 Parasite Eve
Oh, you thought we were done with JRPGs? Well, think again! The next title to be mentioned is a game with one of the most memorable video game stories of all time, due to just how odd it actually is. The title in question is Parasite Eve, and if you happen to even remotely like JRPGs, then we highly urge you to give this one a try.
Of course, we are not even getting into the unique combat of the series as well, mixing gunplay with turn-based combat to craft a system that is still entertaining to this very day.
Raise your hands if you've ever heard of a studio called PlatinumGames. Yeah, they're not exactly unknown, even though some of their games are. While titles like Bayonetta and NieR: Automata might've broken through the fold, most people tend to forget about other amazing titles they've released. Vanquish is a great example of one such title.
Never in your life will you play a shooter that's so fast-paced, visually spectacular, and over-the-top like Vanquish. Trust me, if you want a different type of third-person shooter game to play, then Vanquish should be right up your alley.
Speaking of shooting games that have gone under the radar, it's time to shift the perspective from a third-person viewpoint to a first-person one. Singularity is another game that not many people know about... even though they ideally should.
Being the last game that Raven Software worked on before they decided to only work on Call Of Duty titles, it must be said that Singularity is actually a pretty fun romp. The fact that time manipulation is a major mechanic also adds to the endless fun that this game provides.
The Wii was generally considered to be a family-friendly console, with wholesome games that would endear to both young and old people alike. So, when a violent game like MadWorld got greenlit to feature on this console, people were honestly confused as to how Nintendo could allow something like this to happen.
However, poor choice of console aside, it must be said that MadWorld is one of the most visually appealing and fun games to play. If you wish to scratch your psychotic side, then it must be said that MadWorld is a great game that you can play, if you wish.
At this point, pretty much anyone would've heard the name Shadow Of The Colossus or The Last Guardian. The former is known for being one of the greatest video games of all time, while the latter was stuck in development for so long that no self-respecting gamer couldn't not know about it.
However, it seems that the first game of Team Ico — the studio behind both these games — has not been in the limelight. So, if you like both the games mentioned above, then we highly recommend that you give Ico a shot as well.
4 Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath
The Oddworld series used to be quite popular at one point, although right now it has pretty much faded into the depths of obscurity. However, this doesn't mean that we're not going to talk about the last major entry in the series — a game that is widely considered to be one of the greatest shooters of its time due to the wacky and inventive nature of said title.
The game we're talking about is none other than Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath. If you're still wondering whether this game is worth a playthrough, let us state that you can use random bugs and critters as hilarious forms of ammunition.
If that isn't enough of a selling point, we don't know what is.
Remember when we talked about Clover Studio and two of their games that have already made this list? Well, guess what — the studio has managed a hattrick of games that were good but overshadowed for reasons unknown!
The game in question this time is Okami.
Released for the PS2, Okami was a beautiful title with some of the most innovative gameplay around. Unfortunately, it never really received the commercial acclaim it deserved, serving as nothing more than just another nail in the coffin for Clover Studios.
2 Mega Man Legends
One might think that a gaming series known for its platforming might not fare well if it delved into the realm of action-adventure gameplay. This is especially true in the case of the Mega Man series... but boy, were people wrong about that.
Mega Man Legends was actually a pretty decent game.
Of course, that might not sound like high praise, but it's not a complete dealbreaker either. The shift from 2D to 3D was well-received, and any person who is a Mega Man fan would be more than pleased after playing this game.
The PlayStation never really had its very own cute mascot — not that it needed it, but we digress — but all that changed with the advent of LittleBigPlanet. It was a game that, through its endearing visuals and gameplay, became quite a hit.
However, no one talks about this series nowadays.
It's quite puzzling as to why this is the case since the core of the gameplay could've been built upon quite a bit. While the third iteration of this series might've received some flak for its technical issues, that doesn't mean that this game should be written off completely.