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Top 10 Underrated Games I've Reviewed (Year 4)

Overlooked gems for modern consoles

A.J. Maciejewski

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I began Video Chums four years ago today so here is this year's underrated games list. Out of the 234 games that I reviewed over the past year alone, here are the top ten that I feel don't get enough credit.

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ACA NeoGeo: Money Puzzle Exchanger

The ACA NeoGeo series and Arcade Archives games in general have brought many classic games from the '80s and '90s to modern consoles over the past years. It's difficult for me to cover all of them since there are so many. Therefore, I tend to only review the ones that stand out. Money Puzzle Exchanger is one such title that I've always enjoyed as it features awesome competitive puzzle gameplay that's incredibly fun either against a friend or an AI opponent. Its charming fast-paced gameplay will keep you hooked for hours. v1d30chumz 100-24-118-144

ACA NeoGeo: Money Puzzle Exchanger Review

X-Morph: Defense

When I first saw X-Morph: Defense, the concept of a cooperative tower defense twin-stick shooter blew my mind. After playing through the campaign with my wife, it did not disappoint. You play as an evil alien race that's sole intent is to invade the Earth and drain it of its resources. Doing so is a lot more difficult than you'd expect and working together with a friend to maximize your defenses then blast away those pesky humans is an absolute thrill. The graphics and sound are superb, too.

X-Morph: Defense Review
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By land, sea, or air; we will destroy the humans!

Culdcept Revolt

There aren't as many new and exciting 3DS games as there were a couple years back so imagine my surprise when I played Culdcept Revolt, a Monopoly-inspired board game with RPG elements and a fantasy theme that you can play online against players from around the globe. It's one of the most satisfying and imaginative virtual board games that I've ever played but it has a rather steep learning curve so make sure you're in it for the long haul before picking up a copy of this sucker!

Culdcept Revolt Review

Railway Empire

Building a massive interconnected transportation network between cities and watching the region prosper as a result is rewarding stuff indeed. Thankfully, Railway Empire provides comprehensive and fully customizable gameplay so you can manage your railways, trains, and cities as in-depth as you'd like. The graphics are outstanding and considering how much you can zoom in and out, it's impressive that the visuals never slow down or stutter. I couldn't recommend Railway Empire enough to simulation game fans.

Railway Empire Review
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All those little folks sure appreciate the modern convenience of rail travel!

Mary Skelter: Nightmares

I absolutely love first-person grid-based dungeon crawlers and Mary Skelter: Nightmares is the most varied and rewarding one I played in a long time. It may lack in the challenge department but the amount of variety within each intricately designed dungeon is extraordinary. Plus, there are loads of secrets to discover, too. Its weird horror theme with fairy tale princesses is the icing on the cake.

Mary Skelter: Nightmares Review

Blackguards 2

Another genre that I love is turn-based SRPGs. Just like Mary Skelter: Nightmares, Blackguards 2 tells a twisted story but it's more dark and haunting than goofy and weird. Anyway, you move your units along hexagons which allows for a lot of interesting strategic opportunities. You may have to jump over a few hurdles to fully enjoy its challenging and rewarding gameplay but once you do, you definitely won't regret it. As a side-note, where the heck is Blackguards: Definitive Edition? They sure are taking their sweet time...

Blackguards 2 Review
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Even training with allies can prove to be a challenging endeavour

Metal Gear Survive

Okay, here we go. I know there's a huge hate bandwagon for this game that's perpetuated by ill-informed YouTubers and drama surrounding Hideo Kojima's departure from Konami but you know what? Screw that; this is a fun game! Most reviewers simply didn't give it enough of a chance because after a handful of hours, the gameplay really opens up and it quickly became one of the best survival-based games that I've ever played. The online multiplayer is intense and an absolute blast and playing solo provides plenty of thrills on its own. If you expect me to contribute to the echo chamber then you've come to the wrong place.

Metal Gear Survive Review

Aegis Defenders

Earlier, I talked about X-Morph: Defense which is an incredible mix of genres and here we have a cooperative tower defense game with Metroidvania-like stages. You may have already guessed and yes, it is a winning combination! Collecting materials and hidden unlockables within the branching stage then unleashing everything you have in the tower defense segment is such a rewarding dynamic and playing with a pal only amplifies the fun. I hope they make an Aegis Defenders 2 at some point down the road.

Aegis Defenders Review
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I'll scope out the area ahead, you take care of those baddies!

Battlezone Gold Edition

Battlezone Gold Edition is basically an enhanced version of the VR game Battlezone that you can enjoy on Xbox One sans VR. However, it's also available for PlayStation 4 as a free upgrade with VR intact if you already purchased the vanilla version. So, when I saw people criticising Battlezone Gold Edition for not having VR support, I was concerned for their mental well being. Anyway, Battlezone Gold Edition is a ton of fun and considering I never played the vanilla version, I'm glad that I took the plunge and tried this out. I wasn't expecting it to be a roguelike but it's implemented so well that I enjoyed every run even when I failed my mission to take out the enemy AI.

Battlezone Gold Edition Review

A Way Out

There have already been a couple of phenomenal co-op games on this list yet A Way Out is definitely the best. In fact, it's currently my favourite cooperative game of all time. Again, I played through the entire game with my wife and it was great fun. The campaign is full of memorable scenarios and it often feels like you're interacting with a live action movie. I'm still surprised that many critics gave this stellar experience less than a 9. Perhaps they didn't have anyone to play it with? I did... and it's awesome!

A Way Out Review
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You chat up that nurse; I'll admire this handsome guard from a distance
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