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Discussion in 'Video Games' started by Dawn, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Dawn

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    There are hundreds of thousands - if not over a million by now - of video games out there, with more being released on a daily basis. So it is inevitable that in this sea of games, many will fall by the wayside. As big releases that can afford an advertising budget and have the brand name recognition to keep themselves in public eye dominate the mainstream media, many - if not the majority - of smaller games that do not have this will go mostly ignored...mostly.

    Of course, there are many people out there, and these games are not difficult to find if you look. Most simply choose not to look. But every game has at least one fan. Except perhaps Fallout 76, but that's neither here nor there for the purpose of this topic.

    Are there any video games that it seems like only you have played? Was it a good game that more people should play, or is it obscure for a good reason?
     
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    First is “All Our Asias.” It’s a walking simulator by Sean Han Tani, a Japanese American indie developer from Chicago. While the game is only a few hours long, the abstract electronic soundtrack and philosophical story make for an interesting experience. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re already a fan of the genre. Otherwise All Our Asias would semi dull.

    Mibibli’s Quest is yet another 2D platformer from an indie developer. What makes it worth playing is the responsive controls, catchy music, and surreal level design. If there was native controller support and a way to pause the game, I would recommend it to any fans of 2D platformers.
     
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    I wish I could say that I'm familiar with really obscure games, but I think it's more like I'm super into games that people had heard about and hyped about when they first came out, but then fell by the wayside shortly afterwards. Games that are fairly new and were fairly hyped, but I don't see many people talking about (for all I know, everyone's talking about them, and I'm just not hearing it). So I guess they're more underrated games then anything, but I'm going to go ahead and share them anyways.
    Mostly I'm talking about Yooka Laylee and Deltarune (unpopular opinion here...I actually prefer Deltarune to Undertale, because so far it's shorter and while you can still screw up your desired gameplay pattern just as easily, the consequences won't be as severe (and you don't have to go to such extreme lengths to start the game over fresh)).
     
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    I know that licensed games are normally sub-par, but Over the Hedge made for a decent beat-em-up on the PS2 and GC. Had a lot of fun with that one. Another one I love is a side-scrolling beat-em-up on the GBA: Batman Begins. Surprisingly, this one is also pretty fun and uses gadgets pretty well. Not gonna lie, I like the gameplay more than the Arkham games. One last title would be Pinobee for the GBA. It is pretty heavily inspired by the original Sonic titles and is a pretty decent platformer in its own right with multiple endings. Not a particularly notable game, but a fun time if you come across it.
     
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    Have any of you guys heard of a game called “The Legendary Starfy”? I don’t know how obscure it is, but I haven’t heard people talk about it that much. That game was my childhood. It had a cute little storyline, cute characters, decent music, and fun little mini games. I’d say it’s a pretty good game for casual players.
     
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    One example that comes to mind is the old A Bug's Life game on PC. Its one of my favorite games from when I was a kid and while I haven't played it in years I think it would probably hold up fairly well in terms of gameplay (though probably not graphics). Bugs Bunny Trapped in Time is also a really good early 3D platformer that I have a lot of fond memories of and is probably still pretty good apart from the outdated graphics.
     
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    1,181,019 current gen games apparently at the time of this post so at least over 1 million.
    Had it on Playstation back in the day, but as far as holding up I'm going to say it wouldn't hold up, most old games don't. Those we remember fondly may get a pass due to nostalgia reasons, but especially those with newer versions of the game otherwise are basically unplayable. For instance a lot of folks have fond memories of Resident Evil 4, but when the HD remake came out a lot of that love went out the window complaining about the controls and how clunky it felt to play.

    The games I can think of off the top of my head would be Legend of Dragoon, Strange Brigade, Too Human and Ristar. Legend of Dragoon never got a sequel and has never been remade it was somewhat popular, but being old and only for a the original Playstation make it a game that people frequently have never heard of from my experience. Strange Brigade was fairly quietly released, but it's a more modern game being for current gen systems. It's similar to the Zombie Army Trilogy which both are put out by Rebellion except it has some light puzzles and is done in the style of old black and white adventure comedy made for the television and is set in the 1930s. More or less it's The Librarians in game form albeit a bit more old fashioned. Too Human was going to be a much larger game than it ended up being since what they promised was vastly too ambitious. The end result kind of just fizzled out, but I still enjoyed it enough to occupy my time. It's a discontinued game these days and the studio that made it doesn't exist anymore. I wouldn't call it a good game it's one of those simply games that doesn't require a lot of effort to play so I use it as a filler game when I don't know what I want to do and just want something mindless to occupy me while I think of something better. Ristar is one of those games that was just bad in concept and I'm pretty sure nobody actually played Ristar for more than a few levels before going back to Sonic. It was released in 1995 by Sega and was originally conceptualized in discussions in what later became Sonic. It was going to be a Sonic like game that featured a rabbit called feel and what was originally going to be sort of elastic ears became Ristar's 'signature' extendable arms. The initial reviews were favorable, but it got trampled since it lacked any sort of originality borrowing from multiple much better games so ultimately people would just play Sonic instead and forget Ristar existed, that said his game did actually get re-released in a collection at the very least so people had multiple opportunities to run into him. He's also the guy that waves the flag in 2012 Sonic All Star Racing so he's out there cameo-ing it up. (He also made a cameo in Shenmue and Shenmue II as a capsule toy)

    Edit: Forgot about Monday Night Combat, only available as a digital game, only available as a multiplayer game, delisted and completely unplayable now. It basically was Team Fortress and was a pretty good game IMO, but being multiplayer and unavailable it's completely unplayable these days even if you did get to keep the game if you had it downloaded before it got delisted.

    I'd be interested in knowing if anybody played Arm Joe, the video game based on the musical Les Miserables.
     
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