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The Best Games You've Never Played

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metarinka 28th December 2007, 01:46 Quote
was it just me or is this list pretty much all RPG games? nothing wrong with that, but there's plenty of hidden gems in other genres
Bindibadgi 28th December 2007, 01:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by metarinka
was it just me or is this list pretty much all RPG games? nothing wrong with that, but there's plenty of hidden gems in other genres

Name them! :)
Zurechial 28th December 2007, 01:54 Quote
You make me happy, Joe. :)
HeXeN 28th December 2007, 02:05 Quote
Joe ... i'm in heaven! I have played few of those games... and ... i have to say that they were great!! But as metarinka said there are lot of hidden gems also ...

good job! This article is essence of the year :?:>
GoodBytes 28th December 2007, 02:12 Quote
Best game I ever played was Microsoft Windows Me! Hours of fun!
The goal of the game is to make the system stable and fully functional at 100%. :D
The only down side it's mini-games, they suck. Solitaire, come on! I never understood why Microsoft called it a similar name as their OS.

Seriously, this is a hard one... I really have to think about it, ouch, thinking hurts....
I would say ChronoTrigger on the SNES.
Veles 28th December 2007, 02:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by metarinka
was it just me or is this list pretty much all RPG games? nothing wrong with that, but there's plenty of hidden gems in other genres

RPGs tend to be the ones that fly under the radar, although there are games from other genres, RPGs tend to be in the majority when it comes to awesome games that don't get the attention they deserve.

Which platform is better for Beyond Good and Evil, PC or Xbox?
OmegaRed59 28th December 2007, 02:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by GoodBytes
Best game I ever played was Microsoft Windows Me! Hours of fun!
The goal of the game is to make the system stable and fully functional at 100%. :D
The only down side it's mini-games, they suck. Solitaire, come on! I never understood why Microsoft called it a similar name as their OS.

Seriously, this is a hard one... I really have to think about it, ouch, thinking hurts....
I would say ChronoTrigger on the SNES.


I think I was the only person to run Windows ME and have zero problems.....
Woodstock 28th December 2007, 02:46 Quote
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The Neverhood is another game which is more about discovering the story and revelling in the overall design than it is about coming to a definite conclusion or solving complex puzzles. That’s not to say it doesn’t have puzzles though – one puzzle in particular had me stuck for about a year when I first played it. No, really.
complex puzzles thats putting it lightly, the puzzle that really had me stuck took me 5+ years to solve (that was the bobby machine), which one had you stuck for a year? Theres a couple there that i will defiantly try at some stage,
Cobalt 28th December 2007, 03:27 Quote
I'd put Hostile Waters: Anteus Rising on the list. An excellent blend of 3rd person vehicle shooter and strategy. Plot wasn't orginal but well presented and voiced. Graphics at the time were amazing. Interface is pretty slick and once you got used to giving out orders on the fly, co-ordinated assaults from three different directions become both devestating and satisfying. Simple resource managment made you think tactically without requiring micromanagement. Its also damned hard if you don't pay attention.

If only Rage hadn't gone under....
Bauul 28th December 2007, 03:35 Quote
Great list Joe, all great games, all underappreciated. You're right about the Neverhood, it was a difficult game, but that was probably more to do with the fact you hadn't worked out how to save, so had to complete the entire game in one sitting.

But it was all worth it for the burp scene (go on, play it again for Hannah, lol)

Of those, the one that stands out for me (and probably always will) is Realms of the Haunting. Without a doubt the most geniunely terrifying game I have ever played, and you're spot on about the poor graphics adding to the tension; after a while you don't notice the blockiness, and thus your imagination fills in the gaps, making it even scarier. It's hard to explain what I mean, but in essence when I think back to the game now, I don't remember scene A or enemy B, I simply get a little chill at the bass of my spine and the hairs on my arms stand up. I would sincerly suggest if you've a spare evening, buy the game, turn out the lights, turn up the volume, lock the door and wet yourself silly.
Yemerich 28th December 2007, 03:42 Quote
Torment had the most incredible story ever told on RPG. If u wiki it, u'll see how wordefully written the game was.
I used to say it would be a very good movie. That was b4 m00vies like Tomb Raider and the awfull Hitman (the fluffy noisy assassin). After those i thank god this game is too hard to make a movie from.

"
Planescape: Torment is notable for the quality and quantity of textual dialogue it contains. It is estimated that the game's script contains around 800,000 words.[11] A review in the New York Times noted that, "The game's level of detail and its emotional impact have prompted some players to cast about for literary peers."
" - taken from the wikipedia

I remember whe the "ever horny" floating skull "Morte" (wich means death btw) asked for a whore how much would she charge for a night and she answered "twice the price for such being". And your character ask him what would he do anyway... Very hilarious!

Do I have to tell that i am a HUGE fan of Planescape: Torment?


Neverhood was one other really fun and good game. Too hard sometimes too.

Condemned is a really good horror game! It makes FEAR look like "quackshot" or "super mario world". If u can play it with a good headphone, do so!

The part of the game that u are in the "Apple orchad" (or something like that) makes anyone have nightmares! If u like diferent games, do yourself a favor and go buy this one. You wont regret!

The other games that could be on that list are the two "Elviras". The mistress of darkness and jaws of the cerberus.
Another great game was "the imortal" for the sega genesis. There was other platforms for it, but i can't remember the other ones.

Nice article Joe. Some good games are here :)
noobarino 28th December 2007, 03:49 Quote
yoshi super mario on SNES was the best game ever.

the end
Veles 28th December 2007, 04:56 Quote
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yoshi super mario on SNES was the best game ever.

the end

Hardly little known though :p

Galactic Civilizations II is also an amazing game that hasn't seen a huge amount of success. The development team are amazing, I thought the game was great when I first played it, but huge content patches and expansion packs completely changed the game and made it even better. I'm amazed at how much they did with the patches, they released game upgrades you'd expect from an MMO, not a single player TBS.
Joeymac 28th December 2007, 05:32 Quote
I got Psychonauts on the Xbox Originals today.. played it most of the afternoon. It's pretty fun so far. It's 5+ gigs though.. takes up most of the hard drive.
DougEdey 28th December 2007, 06:23 Quote
Cheaper to buy the original Xbox games off Amazon Marketplace or Ebay to be honest.

But armed and dangerous (despite its flaws with 360 backwards compatibility) is one of the funniest games I've ever played! Seriously, if you've never played it and you like British humour then you'll love it too!

One of the best games I can remember is an old point and click game based around medievel times, I think it was about Robin Hood but I can't 100% remember!
scq 28th December 2007, 06:46 Quote
It was in the picture but not the list, but one of my all time favorites that never quite sold was the No One Lives Forever series.
DougEdey 28th December 2007, 06:47 Quote
It was on the last page of the list as a side note.

NOLF1 with the soundtrack I still play to this day, NOLF2 was good too, but nowhere near as good as 1
legoman666 28th December 2007, 07:19 Quote
I loved Beyond Good and Evil.
Tired_ 28th December 2007, 07:32 Quote
Maybe I'm showing my age, but one game I loved and still love is Mines Of Titan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mines_of_Titan). IT was fun to play, easy to learn, and had a nifty little story. It's too bad it wasn't more popular, cuz it'd be a great candidate for a modern 3d remake.
capnPedro 28th December 2007, 09:15 Quote
Anyone know what the "sequel" to The Neverhood was? All I remember is playing it on PS1. It was a sidescroller, but I don't remember puzzles. Just collecting little balls of clay and chucking birds around or something.

Edit: thanks, Wikipedia!
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A sequel to The Neverhood was released in 1997-98 for Sony's PlayStation video game console entitled Skullmonkeys. It was not an adventure game like the first installment, but rather a platform game.
yakyb 28th December 2007, 10:02 Quote
looks on ebay for BGE
Xtrafresh 28th December 2007, 10:11 Quote
for any of you weapon-crafting RPG fans out there, here's a big heads-up:

Vagrant Story for PS1. It has a very deep and well-conceived storyline, great characters and especially a unique weapon system. The idea is to hand-craft all your weapons in the game from scraps you find. The character itself never gains experience, but your weapons do.
Also it's got a very strong and unique 'feel', and a battle system that requires both skill and tactics. All in all a very original and cool game.
wuyanxu 28th December 2007, 10:20 Quote
Beyond Good and Evil was the only one i've played, and it was awesome! all the puzzles and action puts other major games to shame. like Joe said, play it!
naokaji 28th December 2007, 10:32 Quote
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Beyond Good and Evil was the only one i've played, and it was awesome! all the puzzles and action puts other major games to shame. like Joe said, play it!

agree.. Beyond Good and Evil was really a good game. (only one from the list i've played if you dont count Nolf since it didnt get mentioned in big style).
CardJoe 28th December 2007, 10:53 Quote
There was another sequel to The Neverhood called the Boombots, and a soundtrack album released called The Imaginarium too.

There's a fair chunk of games in the list which aren't RPGs though - Condemned, Beyond Good and Evil, Outcast, Realms of The Haunting, The Dark Eye and The Neverhood are all not RPGs.

There are some games I would love to have put in there which you guys have mentioned (and others which thanks to you I'm finally getting around to playing), but some of them aren't what I'd call underdogs. Chrono Trigger (which I'm playing as we speak) was massive! If I'd had more space then I can think of a half-dozen more games which could go in there - Gabriel Knight 3, Dreams to Reality, Icewind Dale, Call of Cthulu, Simon the Sorceror, Mafia, Chronicles of Riddick, Fahrenheit, the list goes on.

I would have loved to put NOLF in there properly, but I think it was just a mite too successful to qualify since it had a full-fledged sequel and most of the others, except Condemned, haven't. Both NOLF games are excellent - may switch back to XP one of these days so that I can play them again. Damn Vista doesn't work with half of my favourite games.
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