This generation has been full of great games. However, some of these games have not gotten the appreciation they deserve. Here at Gamers Association, we love talking about the most popular AAA titles just as much as everyone else does, but we also love talking about the sleeper hits. There have been too many great games during this generation for one guy to play. So, we’re going to help you. Here is both fellow editor Nick Cane’s most underrated game of this generation and my own.
Nick Cane: Brütal Legend
Any good game for the Wii would fit this mold, but I’ll go back a bit. Back to late 2009, whenBrütal Legend was released. This is the most underrated game of this generation. It’s huge, it’s sprawling, it’s downright unstoppably funny, it’s a hybrid, it’s a love-letter. Built by Double Fine, it is the developer’s largest game. However, at the very core of it lies an intimate love for heavy metal. Strip away all the gameplay and the missions and the RTS-lite sections and you get an honest, humorous, endearing look at the genre.
Still, it performs as a game startlingly well. You have an open, perfectly-realized world, combo-based brawler combat, levels of upgrades, squad commands, driving sections and those RTS-like battles. It’s truly unique in the kitchen-sink mentality and truly impressive how well it’s all done. I’ll say it: Brütal Legend has the best console RTS action ever made (a dubious, negligible claim, I know).
But, no one seemed to buy it and its Metacritic (yuck!) score is juuust over 80. This shocks and scares me. It’s beautiful, personal, gut-busting and intense. How could this game not have been a classic? The soundtrack alone has over 100 songs! That’s like 10 albums worth of great music! To date, according to Tim Schafer, Brütal Legend has sold 1.4 million copies and that is far too few.
Jay Curtis: Pokémon Black and White
When the 5th generation of Pokémon was announced, many gamers including myself were concerned. At the time Pokémon Black and White were announced, Pokémon HeartGold andSoulSilver weren’t even out in the States yet. It appeared that Game Freak was just trying to make as much money off the series as it could as quickly as possible. It was starting to look like Pokémon was just going to become another stale, yearly series. To say the least, we were all seriously mistaken.
Pokémon Black and White completely blew previous installments of the series out of the water. The gameplay, graphics, and music in previous Pokémon games were always good, but the story was rarely anything special. That all changed in Pokémon Black and White.Pokémon Black and White have one of the best stories I’ve ever seen in a video game. I can’t say enough about how good the story is. Seriously, if you value storytelling in video games, you’ve got to play Pokémon Black and White.
Between the stellar gameplay, nice graphics, fantastic music, and rich story, Pokémon Black(and White) is easily one of the best RPGs I’ve ever played, yet it received mediocre reviews. Both games have an 87 on Metacritic. While that certainly isn’t a bad score, it is not near as high as it should be. Pokémon Black and White are masterpieces, and they should be treated as such.