The previous generation of gaming was one of the most exciting in recent memory.
It seemed that each month, great games will be released on store shelves from developers all around the world. Titles like Mass Effect, Uncharted, Red Dead: Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy and more, ensured that the Xbox 360, the PS3 and the Wii saw some of the finest titles that gaming had ever seen.
As such titles reveled in the glamour and the glitz of their popularity, there were some gems that fell between the cracks. These were great games that for some reason or another did not get the mass approval they deserved.
As the gaming console enters its eighth generation, here are ten criminally underrated games from the previous one that we think deserve another chance and should be remade for the new machines. Until then, many of these titles are available for a fraction of the price, so you owe it to yourself as a gamer to check them out.
Without further ado, here they are in order of awesomeness.
Halo Wars was an Xbox 360-exclusive console RTS (real-time strategy) game that took place in the universe of Microsoft’s popular first-person shooter, Halo. Developed by industry greats Ensemble Studios, Halo Wars was everything a great RTS should be; it had the elements of great combat, fun units and deep strategy.
The single-player campaign was pretty fun and featured great cut scenes. The scope of the game was ambitious, and the multiplayer campaign was filled with pulse-pounding fun.
The one issue was that since it was a console-only title, players had to use a gamepad, which made the controls very ungainly.
Here’s hoping Microsoft releases a PC version of Halo Wars with the same love and care they did for the Age of Mythology HD edition.
This JRPG (Japanese role playing game) is perhaps one of the most beautiful games ever made. It is based on the compositions of Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and combines gorgeous art, great music and a fun turn-based RPG into one pretty package.
The game was released pretty early in the life cycle of the PS3 and Xbox 360 but never really got much traction outside of Japan due to a lack of marketing, as well as disinterest from a gaming crowd that had gotten tired of the JRPG glut from the generation before.
However, its endearing story about friendship and perseverance is as relevant today as it was nearly a decade ago when it was released.
In an age where every shooter was a Call of Duty clone, Bulletstorm was a breath of fresh air.
Eschewing the geo-political drama of its genre buddies, Bulletstorm instead has you play as a potty-mouthed douchebag that just wants to kill and not ask too many questions.
In many ways, this was more like a shooter from the ’90s like Duke Nukem and Doom, focusing more on big guns and loud explosions instead of Cold War politics. The story was over-the-top, the villain was clichéd, and every joke was crass. Plus its whole “Kill with Skill” mechanic was absolutely bonkers fun. Ahhh, good times.