Is there anything worse than the feeling you get when you finish a game and all you want to do is talk about it but no one else has played it? Apart from maybe getting dumped, the cancellation of your favourite show or a death in your immediate family, there really isn’t much that sucks. Over the course of my life, this is something I have experienced numerous times, and these are definitely the 5 most critically underrated or grossly underplayed games.
- Sunset Overdrive
Insomniac Studios/ Microsoft Studios
Sunset Overdrive is one of those games that is released to coincide with a console launch and quickly becomes buried under an avalanche of bigger titles. When I first played it, I didn’t really think much of it. Recently I gave it another shot and I soon realised how awesome it was. This game is the perfect combination of old school Tony Hawke and Dead Rising but with a lot more parkour. It has everything you could want: over the top carnage, insane makeshift weaponry, a bad ass punk soundtrack and some of the best character customisation I have ever seen. Sunset Overdrive uses crisp, bright, cartoon visuals which makes the violence and horror setting very amusing. The voice acting is on point and the script is witty and impeccably sarcastic. This is an enjoyable game to play when you feel like wasting some time and literally rolling on the floor laughing.
- Alan Wake
Remedy Entertainment/ Microsoft Studios
Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
If I could take the storyline of a game and turn it into a movie, this would be my choice (well this and Mass Effect). Alan Wake is like a Stephen King novel, Twin Peaks and the Twilight Zone all merged together to create the ultimate suspense thriller masquerading as a survival horror game. In terms of scariness, this game is no Silent Hill but it does have enough horror elements to give it a dark overall feel. This game’s strengths lie not in its ability to terrify you, but to engross you in a narrative filled with chills and mystery. Playing as Alan, a thriller novelist who visits the isolated town of Bright Falls, you soon find this town is not as it seems. Your wife goes missing and you are forced to enter a hellish nightmare to find the truth. The whole vibe of this game is great, with its noir atmosphere, quirky characters and evoking soundtrack – this game is a must play.
Watch Bright Falls, the prequel film to Alan Wake here.
- Lost Odyssey
Mistwalker, Feelplus/ Microsoft studios
Lost Odyssey is often described as the Final Fantasy you wanted but never played. Developed by Final Fantasy’s creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, this game has all the elements that make for