In every generation, there are games that slip through the net. For whatever reason, they’re either given a critical panning or are completely ignored by the buying public and drift away into uncomfortable obscurity. Everyone thinks these games are terrible and should never ever be purchased. Well, everyone, you’re wrong(ish). Here are some prime examples of rubbish games that aren’t that rubbish after all.
Too Human (Xbox 360)
Over a decade in the making, beset by legal problems, over hyped and overwhelmingly disliked by reviewers when it did make it onto the shelves. No, I’m not talking about Duke Nukem Forever, I’m talking about Silicon Knights’ action RPG Too human. A mix of dungeon crawler, Norse mythology and cyberpunk epic, the game was panned on release. Sure, it’s a bit broken, and often too annoying for words, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a better Action RPG in the same price bracket nowadays.
Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix (Multi)
“How can this be here? It’s a game based on a film based on a book, and they’re always terrible,” we hear you cry. Well, yes, they are, and HPATOTP is no exception – it has more jagged edges than a bread knife convention, the character models look like they’ve been lifted wholesale from a PS2′s fever dream and the wizardy combat feels like it was designed by an abstract artist. However, and this is a huge however, the game still manages to create the feeling that you’re part of something important. Sure, it’s battered and broken, but it’s enjoyably battered and broken, like your favourite arm chair — perfect for an airing if your a fan of the bespectacled chosen one.
Sega Superstars Tennis (Multi)
Another title that you can pick up for a pittance nowadays. It’s just Virtua Tennis 3 but without any of the po-faced drudgery that made Virtua Tennis 3 so bland. I mean, who hasn’t dreamt about taking on Dr. Robotnik/Eggman in a game of doubles before? There are few better in-room multiplayer experiences out there, and when you throw in a decent single player mode as well, you’ve got fun for all the family. And your drunk friends.
Haze will forever be remembered as the game that dealt a death blow to Free Radical Design, the people behind the truly glorious Time Splitters series. It’s not the best FPS out there, not by a long shot, but there’s still plenty of maniacal blasting fun that you can suck from its bloated carcass. Just don’t expect the enjoyment you’re having to be reflected in a game that’s so serious and forthright it should have its own column in a broadsheet.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (Wii)
The Crystal Chronicles series has always been about intuitive and innovative multiplayer. The original made you plug a Gameboy Advanced into a GameCube to even play it. Echoes lets DS and Wii players play the same adventure over Wi-Fi. It’s an interesting idea, but one that never caught on. The game may not have the spark that the first CC game did, but it’s still eminently playable, especially if you invite some friends over. Just be warned, you’ll probably need an MA in router tinkering to actually get your Wii talking to its DS cousins.
Got any more? Let us know. Our predictions for similar from this year’s impending releases? None other than The Cursed Crusade which looks great and ‘debatable’ in equal measures.