The 10 Most Underrated Video Games of All Time

by Maria Vikse 4 months ago in list

Video games have long become an important part of our lives. We used to dig in an alternative reality, which allows escaping from the real world for a while, resetting our mind and freeing suppressed emotions.

The 10 Most Underrated Video Games of All Time

The more game’s design corresponds to our expectations the more willingly and often we play it. Being guided by this idea, designers, developers, and game producers use sales volumes as a primary criterion to rate the best video games. Does it mean that “underrating” games are of worse quality, less thrilling or less loved by gamers? Certainly not, quite on the contrary! Often, plenty of so-called “underrated” games are even better than the top-rated ones in many aspects.

'Mirror’s Edge'

Developed by EA Digital Illusions CE in 2008, this action-adventure game turned out to be a true breakthrough in the game world of that time. It significantly differed from the existing analogs in style, design approach, and futuristic context. One can compare the game appearing to synthesized diamonds inventing: essentially novel insight into accustomed things.

Involving parkour elements, secrecy, and super vital character’s mission, the developers succeeded in completing the declared task: “replicating the human sense of tension and physical contact with the environment.” Obviously, this video game could be called the best one, regardless of numerous critical comments.

'Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood'

Users call a series of games, created by Gearbox Software, the masterpiece that never received due credit. Challenging tasks, introspective narration, and multidimensionality of the story—those are the things, which make some gamers, feel thrilling while irritating the others. Maybe, the reason for this game being under the radars is that only a few gamers are ready to undertake a challenge of complicatedness.

This game has a historical background – the French Revolution. However, it cannot pretend to be the true replication of history. The game’s actions walk a delicate line between reality and fiction. It is the point where gamers’ perceptions become divergent. While exaggerations and “unreal” opportunities entertain some of the gamers, the others go on a rant about historical inaccuracy.

'The Saboteur'

This game has a historical background—the French Revolution. However, it cannot pretend to be the true replication of history. The game’s actions walk a delicate line between reality and fiction. It is the point where gamers’ perceptions become divergent. While exaggerations and “unreal” opportunities entertain some of the gamers, the others go on a rant about historical inaccuracy.

'Ty the Tasmanian Tiger'

This is the brightest gaming experience one could get playing the game. Adventures of a core character traversing the Australian island could thrill even the person who has no passion for games. Picturesque landscapes, light cartoon design, warm colors and simple functional create a memorable, entertaining and relaxing gaming experience.

'The World Is Not Enough'

This is an excellent first-person shooter based on James Bond films. The game involves an intriguing plot, multiple challenges, and a solid gameplay engine. Providing gamers with unique Bond’s experience, this game could be one of the best ones and had the chance to top all the ratings. It could, but it did not. The reason is another Bond’s story game Goldeneye that has stolen the show while The World Is Not Enough remains unfairly underrated.

'Bioshock 2'

Bioshock 2 is often considered as the best game ever. Saturated visual background, mysterious fiction story, charismatic characters, and spirit of confrontation prize the gamers with extremely unique gaming experience. Initially, the game received a good review from the users and was rated sufficiently high. However, similarity to the original and a lot of flak slowing its functioning processes made this game a black sheep in the family.

'Outlast'

The lovers of psychology and horror could not help but know anything about this game. We guess that only such gamers could highly appreciate the depth of the context and creepy effect of Outlast. We should say that investigating a psychiatric hospital placed in nowhere is a task not for the faint-hearted. Considering the game’s low popularity score, gamers strive to get a more positive experience playing top-rated games. Indeed, in its segment (survival-horror genre), Outlast stands out with high quality deserving better appreciation.

'Wet'

Do not allow this short title to fool you: The game is not as simple as it could seem. It is also far from being light. Blood, blood, and blood again. So, you see the meaning of the title is “wet of blood.” Playing it, you can feel like a mafioso and discover new surprising features of your nature. If you are a hunter feeling the lack of adrenaline buzz, Wet is just for you.

'The Club'

This is one more game of “combative brutality.” It has a simple idea, as well as a clear play mode. Once understanding the rules and concepts on level one, you can play further, enjoying the game without any digressing. The game offers a variety of choices. You could decide which one of eight heroes; with different strengths, skills, and capabilities; fit you the best, and develop him accordingly. It is an excellent game for playing together with friends.

'Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise'

Having mentioned so many bloody, creepy, psychologically intricate video games, we want to end this list with the most “blossoming” one. This garden-simulation game will bring the gamer so bright and “colored” experience as none-of-the-above mentioned. A fairy tale’s imagery does not mean the game is not serious indeed. Tasks remain challenging and the prize is worthy enough.

So, do not limit yourself with the top-rated video games when choosing a pastime. There is a likelihood that your future favorite game is on the list of the underrated ones.

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Maria Vikse
Maria Vikse
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