This generation has been absolutely amazing, personally speaking. This generation really outdid itself by releasing a lot of high-quality titles. There are so many legendary titles, including Red Dead Redemption 2, God Of War & The Witcher 3. However, with a flood of so many great titles comes with games that get buried and ignored in the pile.
Hi, my name is Nick, and these are my 10 most underrated games of this generation.
Little Nightmares is a small indie horror game released in 2017. You play as a tiny child named Six who must endure and survive in a treacherous ship called The Maw. The game does a great job of making you feel insignificant in size by involving puzzles with large objects and enemies like the horrifying woman simply know as “The Lady”. Little Nightmares also has a fresh art style which sort of reminds me of Tim Burton’s animated and horror-themed works. Fortunately, this game has an announced sequel which comes out sometime in 2020.
The Order 1886
At first glance, you’d think The Order 1886 isn’t underrated since it has a recent cult following as of late. However, outside the decently sized fanbase, The Order 1886 is left as a criminally underrated title. This game is set in the late 1800s and has a unique world full of steampunk-themed tech, werewolves, King Arthur’s Knights Of The Round Table, etc. The biggest criticism of the game wasn’t the gameplay or the story, but the length of the game. Sure, you can finish it in under 5 hours but it was still a great experience with beautiful graphics, great story and decent gameplay. Hopefully, this gets a sequel after the cliffhanger ending and hopefully, it becomes the next big PlayStation franchise that they intended in the future.
Out of all the games listed here, this one I feel bad for the most. Mad Max is an open-world Mad Max game made by Avalanche Studios, who you might know as the makers of the Just Cause series. This was a perfect match as they were able to make an exciting game with some of the best driving combat I’ve played in a game. Unfortunately, this game made one huge mistake. It released on the same day as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Due to that, it didn’t get the attention it deserved, especially being a great movie licensed game.
Now the reason why I put this on here is quite a weird one. For some reason, fans of Remedy Games who love both Alan Wake & Control don’t seem to talk about Quantum Break that much. I personally think this is because of two reasons. Firstly, the game was originally an Xbox One exclusive so it was very restricted. Secondly, the game was advertised as a mix of a game and a TV show, which might of put a lot of people off. This is unfortunate since I really enjoyed Quantum Break and it’s time-bending abilities.
Deux Ex: Mankind Divided
This one baffles me. How did Deux Ex have a highly regarded reboot which was Deus Ex: Human Revolution, then release a sequel and barely anyone talks about it? While, yes, Deux Ex: Mankind Divided isn’t as good as Human Revolution, I still thought it was a great game. The gameplay was still great and I loved continuing Adam Jensen’s story. The only big complaint I have is that the game is poorly optimized for both PC and consoles.
This strategy indie game really did go under the radar, didn’t it? Frostpunk is developed by 11 Bit Studios who previously made This War Of Mine. So obviously this game gives you stressful and anxiety-filled scenarios as you try to survive. What’s even worse is that you have a whole city to supply with food, water and shelter to endure the harsh winter. But unlike This War Of Mine, this game didn’t really get the recognition that I and others expected. The highest praise it received was being nominated for Best Strategy Game at The Game Awards 2018. Hopefully, it gets more recognition soon since it just released on console.
Now you might be thinking to yourself. How can Tetris be underrated? It’s Tetris. While Tetris is one of the most popular game franchises of all time, Tetris Effect doesn’t get enough praise for what it does. Mainly for the reason that it has some of the most relaxing music and visual I’ve played in a game for quite some time. As I’ve stated before, I sometimes play this game to relieve stress or cheer myself up on a gloomy day. In addition, this game has a fantastic PSVR addition which improves the experience as well. I think the only people who truly appreciate this game is those who have a PSVR.
The Evil Within 2
The Evil Within 2 falls under the underrated category because of one big reason. This game suffers from its previous game. While The Evil Within did sell well and was critically well-received, some players felt underwhelmed or let down from the hype. Especially from being directed by the creator of Resident Evil, Shinji Mikami. This is even sadder for its sequel because it improves every aspect from the first game and more. The sequel added more enemies, had a better story, was semi-open world and had many more great additions. Personally, this is one of my favourite horror games of all time and I hope it gets another entry in the near future.
This might be the most underrated horror game of all time. Alien: Isolation had no reason for being as good as it was. It didn’t have much going for it. It was a movie license game, it was another horror game and it was made by Creative Assembly who only made strategy games. But despite the odds, it ended up being one of the best horror experiences I’ve played. Being all alone on a ship with one single Xenomorph is terrifying. Especially when you use your radar and see that it’s close but you don’t where. Sure, the game sold 2 million copies, but I thought it would sell more for what it was.
This one is the most surprising one for me. Dishonoured was praised so much and is now known as one the best action/stealth games around. However, when the sequel released in November 2016, it didn’t seem to get much buzz. The reviews were high and most players who played it love the game. This is so bizarre since it’s a big Bethesda Studios game and is a sequel to one of their best franchises. My only reasoning for this is because of poor release timing; Watch Dogs 2, Yakuza Kiwami and Final Fantasy XV released in the same month. I just hope its underwhelming sales doesn’t affect the chance of the fans like myself of getting the third game. I just want to jump back into the shoes of Corvo and Emily and their satisfying powers again.
So guys that were 10 most underrated games of this generation. Do you agree with my list? What games do you think deserve more praise? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter, or in our community Discord!
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Howdy there folks! My name is Nicholas, I’m 19 and I love all things gaming related all the way down under in the treacherous lands known as Western Australia. One thing you should know about me is that I’m the biggest Lord Of The Rings fan. I have a deep passion for both writing and gaming so being a video game journalist would be a dream come true and one day I will reach that dream. My favorite game of all time has to be without a doubt Shadow Of The Colossus .