Most Underrated Games of All Time

Most Underrated Games of All Time

Hidden gems and overlooked treasures

A.J. Maciejewski

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For one reason or another, certain games simply aren't as revered as they should be so I asked our staff and friends of the site what they think the most underrated game of all time is and here's what we had to say.

Photo of Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE, Vandal Hearts II, and Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure
Here are just a few games that we think are exceptionally underrated

Blast Corps Tyler

While Nintendo 64 didn't have a massive library of classics, there were still a handful of truly fantastic games on the console. One of the most overlooked is Blast Corps which was developed by one of the best developers at the time, Rare. Despite launching to critical acclaim, Blast Corps sold rather poorly and quickly faded into obscurity.

On the surface, Blast Corps is a simple game that fulfills every young boy's dream: destruction! Piloting a variety of vehicles, you're tasked with demolishing buildings and even entire towns that stand in front of an unstoppable nuclear missile carrier. Blast Corps has an impressive amount of depth as well and is filled with plenty of secrets, challenging objectives that require precision destruction, a variety of mini-games, and even interplanetary demolition! Thankfully, it's included in Xbox One's Rare Replay collection so all the poor souls who missed playing it the first time around can finally experience the joy of Blast Corps.

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City of Brass Alex

In my opinion, City of Brass is the most underrated game of all time; not because it's the best game ever but because it was rated very unfairly upon release. It's a challenging roguelike where you have to dodge skeletons, kill bosses, and buy stuff from genies to make your life easier. Unlike many roguelikes, there's no way to permanently level up your characters except for through blessings that act like difficulty modifiers. Many reviewers couldn't get over the level of challenge so they had a bad time with it but you can make your life much easier with the genies. The catch is that it costs wishes to take portals to the later areas so if you do that then you can't use those wishes on the genies. In other words, you can't permanently disable the traps in the entire city, the health genie won't restore your entire health pool, and so forth. Once you know the tips and tricks, it's a very cool albeit difficult roguelike.

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Blast Corps makes destruction feel productive

Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE Mary

As a huge fan of JRPGs, I was delighted when I started playing Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE. Fire Emblem fans were a little disappointed as they thought the series would be more prevalent given the FE acronym in the title but as a big fan of Shin Megami Tensei and Persona, I was more excited to see a new spin on that universe and they definitely delivered! Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE is full of colour and uniquely themed dungeons and it has a lovable cast as well as a battle system that keeps the action going. Fun fact: I actually bought it right after winning $70 at a casino and it was exactly that expensive at the time so I guess it was destined to be!

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Vandal Hearts II A.J.

Vandal Hearts II has an incredibly clever premise: a turn-based SRPG where you and your opponent move simultaneously. When it first released, it got average reviews from lazy reviewers who claimed that you couldn't predict how the enemies would move. However, you totally can with a lot of practice and careful observation. It's super-satisfying to predict where the enemy will move next only to have a heavy party member move to the same square so they can push them out of the way then attack to end their life. Just thinking about it makes me want to play it through again like I have many times before. I love Vandal Hearts II so much that I chose it as the first game to review on Video Chums even though it was 15 years old at the time. Thanks, lazy reviewers; you inspired me to do so.

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE has quite possibly the best-looking pause menu ever

One Finger Death Punch Charlie

One Finger Death Punch was one of the first console games that I ever reviewed. It's an Xbox Live Indie Game that is part kung fu and part rhythm game. Enemies swarm the player from the left and right sides and all you have to do is pick a direction to attack. It's one of the simplest concepts for a game but it works very well. It all adds up to a fast-paced and epic battle that flows like a kickass dance. One Finger Death Punch originally released back in 2013 and was never ported to Xbox One so I assumed that I'd never get to play it again but recently, I learned that there's a sequel coming! People slept on the original so I hope the second one does much better.

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Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure RC

Back on October 23, 2007 (shortly before Super Mario Galaxy debuted), one of the most overlooked gems on the Wii released. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure has you join a young pirate named Zack and his sidekick named Wiki who is part flying monkey and part magical bell as they search for treasure through a myriad of different colorful levels.

Zack & Wiki has the formula of an old-school point and click adventure game but streamlines it into a beautiful world where each level is its own puzzle. You use the Wii remote to guide Zack around the levels in order for him to collect items and ring Wiki to make interesting things happen. You'll also do most of the motions that Zack does with the Wii Remote such as turning keys, sawing trees, and, of course, ringing Wiki. As you play, you'll have to experiment with your surroundings if you plan to collect all of the precious booty. It may sound simple but its unique charm, controls, and vibrant environments are what set it apart from similar games. Do yourself a favour and get a used copy or download it on Wii U because this treasure hunting adventure is one you should experience!

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I wonder if Zack found a treasure chest full of underrated games...

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