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  1. Chandler Wood

    Chandler Wood Get Off My Wood Staff Member

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    Is there a title that you love that went by completely unnoticed by most people? Is there a game that you really just want to tell everyone out there that they probably should play if they haven't? Need some suggestions of games to pick up and play?

    Well you have come to the right place. Here, you can suggest a game, and your reason why you suggest it. You can respond to other people about their games, but try to always be suggesting a game so that we have a great resource for anyone looking for something new to play.

    And with no further adieu, I will suggest Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. Surprisingly fun combat, a pretty cool post-apocalyptic story, and Andy Serkis as the voice of the main character? It's a winning combo that makes for a great third person action adventure game. Anybody looking for a game similar in play style to Jak and Daxter, and somewhat similar in combat style to God of War (and other hack n slash style games) owe it to themselves to check this one out.
     
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    Honestly, I hated Enslaved. Escort mechanics in games are always a big pet peeve for me, which sucks because I love the work Ninja Theory does with their capturing and animation techniques and Andy Serkis.

    If I had to suggest a game for people to check out, it would have to be Lost Odyssey on the Xbox 360. Short of Gears of War, that is one of the best games on that console.
     
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    a game that really went unnoticed was puppeteer. i think it came out during the gta v release date which why it went totally under the radar.
     
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    I was just thinking about making a thread like this while I was at work earlier today, good looking out. Long-winded post incoming
     
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    This game was highly overlooked by just about everyone. It came out right after FFXIII and people were still deciding whether they still loved Square-Enix, the gameplay was repetitive, the textures, models, and lighting (dat fucking bloom) looked like something out of a PS2 game, a certain character was very vulgar and oversexualized even by video game standards, and the story was a bit overwhelming for those who weren't really willing to completely sink their teeth into it. The gameplay can be described as God of War lite, with zero depth besides initially obtaining some Green Lantern-esque abilities. One of the missions is literally reading some short stories that you probably won't pay much attention to and then answering some questions about menial details you likely won't remember (and don't try looking up the answers, because the numbers are usually randomized!). The quest system makes the Mako missions in the first Mass Effect look good by comparison, and yet a large part of the missions are required completion in order to obtain the third and fourth endings.

    And yet in spite of all it's shortcomings, Nier is actually one of my top 10 games of the 7th gen, and what I personally consider to be the best example how video games can tell a story in a way that literature and film will never be able to. Without giving too much away, the story is about a father who will do just about anything to seek salvation for his daughter, who is afflicted by an incurable disease known as the Black Scrawl (the protagonist is a middle-aged man who happens to be ugly as sin, which I found very refreshing when contrasted against the dozens of teenaged fashion model JRPG protags in existence). Throughout the first playthrough the player is led to believe that the main character's cause is a noble one, but as the story progresses it becomes apparent that not everything is what it seems. After completing the first playthrough the player is given the option to start the game from a very pivotal midway story point, and you get to experience the story from a different set of eyes (even though those eyes were technically always there). While Endings C and D can be considered alternate outcomes, ending A and B are part of the same story canon and deserve to be witnessed successively. Afterward, if you're as engaged by the story as I was, you can read "Grimoire Nier" online, which provides further details on the lore and explains how Nier ties into one of the endings for the original Drakengard/Drag-On Dragoon game.

    If there's one thing about Nier that I can say is nearly flawless, it's the OST. Brilliantly penned by Keiichi Okabe and beautifully sung by Emi Evans, it's extremely moody and appropriately sets the tone for every area and scene. While it's very vocal-heavy, the lyrics are mostly made-up words made to sound like certain languages, to the point where you don't actually know that it's gibberish unless you're incredibly multilingual. Even if you decide not to play the game, I still highly recommend giving the soundtrack a listen.







    By all accounts, Nier is game that blurs the line between average and mediocre, rightfully deserving of its 67 average Metacritic score (with a 5/10 from PSLS). But the more I played, the more I warmed to the characters and grew to understand the brilliance of their voice actors, the more I wanted to know about this post-apocalyptic world and the reason why it was in such disarray, the more I hoped for a happy ending when I knew full well it wasn't coming. Considering the game can be found for $8-$12 at most game shops, I think everyone should give the game a chance, at least to play through the first hour and formulate their own opinions (if you're not put off by the game's intro dialog, at least):

    Weiss you dumbass! Start making sense you rotten book, or you're gonna be sorry. Maybe I'll rip your pages out one by one, or maybe I'll put you in the goddamn furnance! How can someone with such a big, smart brain be hypnotized like a little bitch, huh? Oh, Shadowlord, I love you Shadowlord. Come over here and give Weiss a big sloppy kiss, Shadowlord. Now pull your head out of your goddamn ass and start fucking helping us!
     
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    Also, I made a diagram for you all. I should also probably mention that this is NOT the game for completionists, because that platinum trophy will most definitely piss you off.

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  7. Dan Oravasaari

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    WOW. Is there a CliffNotes version of that post? :p
     
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    probably just the last paragraph lol
     
  9. Arthur Sataine

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    How far back we talking here? I've got plenty of hidden gems throughout all the ages of gaming I wouldn't mind suggesting.
     
  10. Chandler Wood

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    I would say it's up to your discretion, but keep in mind this is to suggest realistically for people to be able to play, so games that are hard to get a hold of or that people don't have the systems for might have to fall by the wayside.

    I'd like to suggest Brutal Legend. THis was a Double Fine game by Tim Schafer with the main character voiced by Jack Black. The humor was great, the gameplay was a fun Legend of Zelda style, and this game went too under appreciated.
     
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    Funny, I was just thinking of suggesting this game as well. Get out of my mind, Chandler!

    DOUBLE FIIIIIIIIIIIINE
     
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    Sengoku Basara series - (ps3 and ps vita)
    Bayonetta - (ps3)
    Jstars Victory Vs - (ps3 and psvita)
    BLEACH: soul Ressurection** (critics didn't give this game a chance, it was clear they weren't familiar with the series when they made their reviews.) - (ps3)
    lollipop chainsaw - (ps3)
    Hatsune miku: project diva f and project diva f 2nd (for rhythm game fans) - (ps3 and psvita and psp)
    hatsune miku dreamy theatre (for rhythm game fans) - (psp/vita)
     
  13. Chandler Wood

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    You enjoyed Lollipop Chainsaw? It has had me a tad bit curious... both that and Catherine.
     
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    I loved Catherine. Definitely an awesome game with multiple playthroughs of the game warranted (there are several endings). But the storyline will definitely have you interested from start to finish.
     
  15. Arthur Sataine

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    Considering all PS3s can play PS games:

    Monster Rancher 1 & 2
    Digimon World 1-3
    Monster Seed
    Final Fantasy Origins, Chronicles, Anthology, VII-IX, Tactics
    Chrono Cross
    Soul Blade
    Battle Arena Toshinden series
    Twisted Metal 1 & 2
    Vagrant Story
    Threads of Fate
    Legend of Mana
    Metal Gear Solid
    Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena
    Brave Fencer Musashi
    Tomba 1 & 2
    Tales of Destiny
    Alundra
    Shadow Madness
    Tobal No. 1
    Bushido Blade 1 & 2
    Parasite Eve 1 & 2
    Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring
    Saga Frontier 1 & 2
    Dungeons & Dragons: Iron and Blood
    Thousand Arms
    Wild Arms 1 & 2
    Megaman Legends 1 & 2
    Misadventures of Tron Bonne (Good luck)

    I've got more. Lots more. ;) When I get home I'll check out the ol' PS library and update. And I may or may not post subsequently in regards to other platforms.
     
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    Any interesting tidbits to really get people wanting to play any of these games, reasons why you are suggesting them?
     
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    I'm at work, so I'll pause in between bits and edit this post throughout the day. It will be a fairly large post and slightly comprehensive. ;)

    Monster Rancher 1 & 2: The absolute best in the monster breeding/training games. In my humble opinion, at least. There is a small tidbit of a story in these. Mostly so far as you are a Rancher and you are out to raise the very best monsters and become the best Breeder. You acquire monsters in a number of ways. In both titles you can goto the market and select seasonal monsters. Also featured in both, and the primary method, is putting in discs into your PlayStation. The game and console read the disc's data and generates a unique monster for you. In the second game, you can generate monsters from the first game via your memory card saves. Or in today's world, your virtual memory card. The entire series also features monster breeding. Basically you freeze two monsters after having trained them as high as you can get and as old as they can become. Then, you go and combine them. The result is a monster that shares the statistical, physical, and mental traits of both parents. Moves, and the starting amount of them, also translate over into the offspring. Monsters do die in this game so you have to be sure and save when you think they are about to die. You enter these monsters into unofficial and official battles. This is how you obtain gold, rare items, and increase your breeder rank. There is also an adventure type mode in each game that provides the means of not only increasing particular stats, but acquiring new battle techniques to use in the tourneys. There are tons of monsters and even more combinations of those. If you choose to play but one, choose to play 2. It is universally accepted as the very best in the franchise.

    Digimon World 1-3: If you aren't a Digifan, you may not like these games. That said, I think they are phenomenal. All three of these have a solid story to them that I have repeatedly enjoyed. The first and third titles have similar gameplay. You are a boy put into the digital world and have to set out and save it from an evil entity or cataclysm. In the first, you acquire a starter based on a few questions once you boot it up. You then traverse File Island and build up the now destroyed town in the center of it. You do this by defeating them in the wild and knocking the sense back into them. Your Digimon grow stronger through training at various facilities throughout File Island and also in battle. The way you train your Digimon is integral to how it evolves throughout its life. If you Digimon does die, you can use its life essence to bolster the life of your next partner, making it even stronger than it would have been. Each rookie stage Digimon has various paths it can digivolve down. Battles are ATB based and in a small, free roam arena. Multiplayer is focused strictly around such battles. Pitting your best Digimon against your friends' best.

    In the third title you are a boy set into an actuall Digimon MMO. You and everyone else logged in get stuck into it and cannot return to the real world. You set out with your three starter Digimon to solve this problem and save everyone in the game. Battles here are turn based like a traditional RPG. You can have one Digimon out at a time. However, they can DNA digivolve, or join together, to digivolve into an even more powerful Digimon. You explore the vast world battling as such and engaging other Digimon as you set out to on your adventure. There is also a very nice trading card game that takes place within the MMO. I'd say it even rivals those of Final Fantasy VIII & IX.

    The second game features the most indepth story. While the other two are preferred by me for their gameplay, this one easily has the best story to it. Humans and Digimon live in the same world in this title. And you feature an upstart Tamer coming into his own. After the initial rookie test (read tutorial) you go on to learn about and select a faction to join. Blue Falcons, Black Swords, and Golden Hawks. These represent the three main types of Digimon. Data, Virus, and Vaccine respectively. The gameplay here consists of the player running around city or safe areas and interacting with various characters and Digimon. The main gameplay of Digimon World 2 is featured in more of a dungeon crawler style. You get into your vehicle, called a Digi-Beetle (a tank of sorts), and traverse maze-like dungeons. Enemies are onscreen and can be dodged, if you are able to. The battles are turn based and turns are highly reliant on the Digimon's speed. You can have three Digimon in an active party battle. As you upgrade your Digi-Beetle, you can carry even more along with you on the adventure. You Digimon earn experience and level up. This is how they learn techniques and digivolve. However, they hit level caps. To make them stronger and increase their level caps, you have to DNA digivolve them. Basically train two Digimon to their respective caps and combine them. This produces a Digimon of varying type and species based on the two parents. The player selects any and all moves they wish to transfer over or discard. Based on what levels the caps are, the new Digimon's cap is increased. This allows for the player advance them enough to digivolve them to their next, and stronger, forms. Digivolution is permanent until DNA digivolved. Extremely well put together game that I recommend not only for Digifans, but anyone who likes a traditional RPG.


    Monster Seed: In Monster Seed you play a Ruler. A person who can control and command monsters. This game has a cohesive story to it. You may or may not find it basic. The way they speak is a little odd at times, but nothing overly hard to understand. As Master Daniel you work to get coin and eventually to discover and defeat the ill events and groups in the territory you've arrived in. You walk around safe areas and dungeons alike in 3D movement. However, the overworld is simply a locale selection tool. You obtain monster seeds throughout your travels and battles. You use these in tandem with temperature settings and hatching materials to produce a wide array of varying monsters. Battles are turn based strategy much like FF Tactics, but with a sort of 2.5D view. That is pretty much the gist of the game without ruining any aspects of it. A classic I revisit.

    Final Fantasy Origins, Chronicles, Anthology, VII-IX, Tactics
    Chrono Cross
    Soul Blade
    Battle Arena Toshinden series
    Twisted Metal 1 & 2
    Vagrant Story
    Threads of Fate
    Legend of Mana
    Metal Gear Solid
    Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena
    Brave Fencer Musashi
    Tomba 1 & 2
    Tales of Destiny
    Alundra
    Shadow Madness
    Tobal No. 1
    Bushido Blade 1 & 2
    Parasite Eve 1 & 2
    Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring
    Saga Frontier 1 & 2
    Dungeons & Dragons: Iron and Blood
    Thousand Arms
    Wild Arms 1 & 2
    Megaman Legends 1 & 2
    Misadventures of Tron Bonne (Good luck)
     
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    catherine was an awesome game but it's not for everyone because it's basically a AAA puzzle game (moving and creating blocks). and it's story is a common anime trope that's very well wirtten
     
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    Precise reasons I couldn't get into it. I merely watched the scenes online and felt contented after that. The gameplay itself was far too stale for my liking.
     
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    Apparently, over 10,000 words in a post is frowned upon. So, I'll continue my information in subsequent posts.

    Final Fantasy Origins, Chronicles, Anthology, VII-IX, Tactics: What is there to say here that hasn't been said before? These are the crown jewels of Squaresoft and Square Enix. Each and every one of them has an epic story and deep characters. The plot is always thick and the gameplay solid. Not one of these could you honestly walk away from and say you were genuinely disappointed. These are masterworks if ever there were any. And to any role playing fan, I insist you play them all.

    Chrono Cross: Another tale of time and sequel to Chrono Trigger. A fantastic experience with a deep story, exciting plot, and a myriad of excellent characters. The gameplay is traditional RPG and is absolutely wonderful. The artwork and design are both phenomenal. The element field and combo systems give a very refreshing take on the classic turn based combat formula. Unless you make the exact same choices, every playthrough is very different. Making a singular game having multiple experiences. I want to divulge every turn in the tale, but I just can't bring myself to ruin the experience for you if you intend on trying it. It is absolutely amazing. More excellent work coming from Square.

    Soul Blade: This is the game. The game that started a tale of swords and souls, eternally retold. Soul Blade (Soul Edge in Japan) is the beginning of what you all now know as the Soul Calibur series. This game reveals the origins of the characters and stories you love. For its time it was a top notch fighter. And one of the very few that implemented melee weaponry in such a superb manner. Save for finishing moves, all aspects of the Soul series are present in this title. See where you favorite character began. Or see where inspirations of your character came from. Li Long will ever be my preference over Maxi. A truly well put together game that brings solid combat to the table. To boot, it has interactive endings that result in multiples for each character. Unlockable characters, gripping tale, tons of weapons, and a different yet solid game types that truly wrap Soul Blade up to be one of the best fighting titles to ever exist. If you haven't played it, do so. You are missing a key experience in gaming history.

    Battle Arena Toshinden series: A very, very early fighter for the PlayStation. And yet, it is amazing. The insane character and fully 3D combat are wonderful. It is also one of the titles, if they all didn't do this, that you could continue playing after you removed the game disc. There isn't much to say about Battle Arena Toshinden other than that it was one of the first fighters for the PlayStation and that it was completely solid as well. It is a bit sad the series did not continue on into the other iterations of the PlayStation brand. If not mistaken, all the titles in the series remained on the original.

    Twisted Metal 1 & 2: THE premiere vehicular combat series. And these two number among the best. To date there really has been no true competitor in the genre worthy of toppling this titan. Sadly, the genre itself seems to have fallen by the wayside in this age. The insane characters, the devious host, and the dark stories behind them all bring a level of fascination and intrigue I can't quite describe. Just go experience it. The mechanics are fluid and the combat always fun. And there is a certain sense of accomplishment of discovering the hidden combatants all on your own. Like mayhem, death, destruction, and generally a great deal amount of chaos? Go play these games now.

    Vagrant Story: Only in the land of Ivalice can you get a dark, and gripping tale such as this. Yes, Vagrant Story takes place in the same world as Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII. If that was enough to grab you, go for it. If not, read on. Vagrant Story is about a knight named Ashley Riot. A man framed and scorned. You set out on a quest to save your name, honor, and discover the murderer of your family. The tale has many twists and turns. Intrigue, espionage, conspiracies, and more. The combat is free form 3D movement with a hint of ATB thrown in. You can specify which body parts to hit in a system similar to the V.A.T.S. of Fallout 3. Many years before it was implemented in that game. It also has a puzzle solving and platform game mechanics all in a 3D environment. This is truly an overlooked and under appreciated title. And to our good fortune, made its way onto the PSN as a PS Classic. I implore you to purchase it and experience the awesome tale of Ashley Riot and that age of Ivalice.

    Threads of Fate: Threads of Fate is a tale of Rue and Mint. They each have a separate story that comes together in a fateful climax. Hence, the name. They each have intriguing stories that culminate into an extremely well designed and executed story. Rue can not remember his past and he sets out to bring back and save a loved one. Mint journeys out to obtain the power to wrest control of her kingdom from her sisters for her own selfish desire. The character grow, learn, and discover themselves along the journey. The gameplay can be considered action/RPG/platformer. It has rudimentary puzzles and a number of boss battles as well. It is a charming tale that should no go untold.

    Legend of Mana: As painful, droll, monotonous, and overzealous as this chick sounds, her review has good points: However, she fails to mention quite a few aspects of the game. Such as the in-depth and intricate crafting system set in place with this game. Far beyond its time and excellent. It also failed to mention the monster raising system found in the game. A really well put together title that I recommend any and all RPG fans to try out.

    Metal Gear Solid
    Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena
    Brave Fencer Musashi
    Tomba 1 & 2
    Tales of Destiny
    Alundra
    Shadow Madness
    Tobal No. 1
    Bushido Blade 1 & 2
    Parasite Eve 1 & 2
    Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring
    Saga Frontier 1 & 2
    Dungeons & Dragons: Iron and Blood
    Thousand Arms
    Wild Arms 1 & 2
    Megaman Legends 1 & 2
    Misadventures of Tron Bonne (Good luck)
     
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