Top 10 Underrated Games I've Reviewed (Year 5)

Top 10 Underrated Games I've Reviewed (Year 5)

Buried treasures from the past year

A.J. Maciejewski

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It's hard to believe but Video Chums has already been around for half a decade so here's this past year's most underrated games.

Holy Potatoes! We're In Space?!

Last year, the delightful Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! debuted on Switch and I absolutely loved it. Earlier this year, the sequel made its console debut and to my surprise, it was even better than the first game. With a top-notch sense of humour, charming character designs, rewarding combat, and addictive gameplay, this is one roguelike RPG that you should definitely play.

Holy Potatoes! We're In Space?! Review

Strange Brigade

Although many critics didn't agree, I found Strange Brigade to be a fantastic online cooperative third-person shooter. Now that it's been out for a year, there's a load of DLC to enjoy with new maps, characters, and a few exciting modes to play through. Fighting zombies and ancient monsters while setting up and triggering traps and watching massive explosions set off is great fun, especially online.

Strange Brigade Review
Strange Brigade screenshot
Strange Brigade offers plenty of shooting and looting fun

Melbits World

Speaking of co-op games, Melbits World has you and some pals use mobile devices to control stages as cute critters try and work their way to their respective goals. It's probably the cutest game that I've ever played; even cuter than Kirby. However, juggling everything is very challenging so you and your pals will have to work together like a well-oiled machine to master this deceptively difficult game.

Melbits World Review

Astroneer

Astroneer is a game that takes a while to grow on you. When you first start playing, it can be a rather tedious experience as you slowly uncover the surface of the planet that you're on but as you progress, you'll discover oodles of clever inventions that'll make your alien planet journey feel fresh and exciting. Placing tethers across the planet's surface to ensure your survival while discovering mysterious alien artifacts and life forms ultimately adds up to one rewarding and relaxing open-world astronautical adventure.

Astroneer Review
Astroneer screenshot
It's lonely in space but at least I have my tethers to keep me company

Death end re;Quest

Unfortunately, Compile Heart's RPGs are often overlooked yet they've been making some truly amazing projects in recent years; the best of which is Death end re;Quest. Fighting enemies within circular arenas while taking advantage of the intricate battle mechanics is nothing short of satisfying and the way its story is told is highly unconventional yet it remains immersive from start to finish.

Death end re;Quest Review

Grip: Combat Racing

I remember discovering Rollcage on a demo disc for PS1 back in the late '90s then I played it and its sequel for hours upon hours when they released. Well, flipping around and driving up walls is back in Grip: Combat Racing and the developers managed to outdo the PS1 classics by creating a modern interpretation of the formula that makes racing and combat more exciting than ever.

Grip: Combat Racing Review
Grip: Combat Racing screenshot
Racing doesn't get much more exciting than this!

Atari Flashback Classics

When Atari Flashback Classics released for Switch and Vita, I couldn't believe how many classic games it included as it features 32 arcade classics and 118 console gems for Atari 2600 and 5200. Not only does it have a lot of games; they're implemented perfectly with tons of options and various intuitive control methods thus making this compilation a fantastic way to enjoy retro Atari games.

Atari Flashback Classics Review

Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark

As a huge fan of classic SRPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics and Vandal Hearts, Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark really hit the nail on the head when it comes to what makes this genre so great. The fact that you have so much control over your party's setup makes succeeding in battle feel much more rewarding than the average SRPG so fans of the genre need to play this awesome throwback title.

Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark Review
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark screenshot
Old-school SRPG fans will find a lot to love in Fell Seal

Operencia: The Stolen Sun

Now that we're discussing retro-inspired RPGs, Operencia: The Stolen Sun is a dungeon crawler from Zen Studios that offers an old-school experience. The campaign is full of likeable personalities, challenging well-designed dungeons, innovative mechanics, loads of secrets, and phenomenal production values when it comes to both graphics and sound. I highly recommend it for any dungeon crawler fan.

Operencia: The Stolen Sun Review

God's Trigger

Finally, here's God's Trigger; the most underrated game of the last year. Where do I begin? It's basically an overhead action game that you play with a friend and it features brutally challenging combat, clever scenarios, brilliant puzzles, seamlessly integrated stealth mechanics, and plenty of 'tude. So, if you have a gaming chum who you'd love to dive into a challenging game with then you surely won't regret downloading this apocalyptic adventure filled with demons, angels, and high-octane action.

God's Trigger Review
God's Trigger screenshot
God's Trigger is a bloody good co-op action game
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