Most Underrated Games Of The Decade
With the incredible rise in popularity of apps like Steam, dozens of video games are now released on a near-weekly basis. This is good if you’re a gamer and appreciate freedom of choice, but the Steam ‘open gates’ policy does come with a few inherent drawbacks. Namely that it can be rather tricky to give attention to every new game that deserves it.
This, inevitably, means that there are many excellent games that simply don’t get the attention they deserve. With that being said, here are some of the most overlooked, and underrated video games of the last decade.
Asura’s Wrath starts with the protagonist singlehandedly blasting a fleet of spaceships out of orbit and gets progressively crazier from there. According to the marketing material, the game was designed as an alternate version of God Of War, but utilising Japanese mythology instead of Greek.
Needless to say, it is action-packed to the point of absurdity and is often so overwhelming in the scope of its destruction as to be jaw-dropping. Sadly, given that the game was never really targeted at an audience beyond Japan, it has mostly been overlooked.
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The Last Guardian
Although not entirely overlooked, with a ton of marketing behind it, The Last Guardian simply didn’t see the widespread success it deserved. Developed by the legendary Team ICO, the company responsible for cult hits ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian was stuck in limbo for nearly a decade. As a result, most fans simply lost interest.
When it did finally release, The Last Guardian was met with a lukewarm reception. Many didn’t exactly know what to make of it, given how curiously imprecise the gameplay was. But then, when much of a game is based around a purposefully temperamental AI companion, things are going to be a bit imprecise by nature.
Either way, it is obvious that incredible amounts of passion went into the game, and it certainly deserved more recognition.
Perhaps one of the most overlooked masterpieces of all time, Titanfall 2 was criminally overlooked on release. In what can only be described as a gross mishandling of the product, Electronic Arts decided to release it directly between the biggest games of 2016; Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Additionally, Titanfall 2 was also made available for PC exclusively via Origin, the widely despised EA-run digital storefront. This conga line of blunders all but doomed what was perhaps a runner-up for one of the best shooters of all time.
Thankfully, Titanfall 2 has more recently been released on Steam and may come to other platforms too, and is now getting some of the immense recognition owed to it. Though that EA so badly messed up the initial launch is something that the public should never forget. Especially given that the Apex Legends Titanfall spinoff was given the go-ahead before Titanfall 3 was even considered.