Gaming is not only shooting mindless zombies or greedily gathering all the loot. It’s an art! Most of the game developers not only craft these wonderful tech gifts for generating revenues, but also for providing new ways for young minds and adults bored from life to strengthen their imagination and dreams.
Many of those that put their best into crafting such masterpieces are often get rewarded for their hardwork and craftsmanship however, there are some unfortunate enough to get their masterpieces go unnoticed.
In this list, we’ll cover 5 underrated games that were so good to play and yet no one bothered to play them.
Top 5 underrated games
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Platform – PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Developer – 38 Studios
Released – 2012
A wonderful RPG with an over 200 hours of gameplay, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is one of the most underrated game on PC and PS3. The game environment is astonishingly filled with fantasy elements and has a surreal feel to it.
Though the game received positive reviews were generally optimistic, the game failed to achieve its target of 3 mn sales in its initial 90-day period. The game was able to sell only 1.2 mn copies resulting into filing for bankruptcy by the developer, 38 Studios, after the release.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Platform – NDS, PlayStation Portable, iOS, Android, Fire OS
Developer – Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar North
Released – 2009
Everyone knows GTA. GTA: Chinatown Wars was released on the handheld Nintendo DS console in 2009. Though the game won an award for best handheld game of the year, it failed commercially.
The game featured the classtic GTA-style top-down view, where you as Huang Lee complete various missions. The game sold only 90k copies in its first 2-week run and was declared as a flop despite of its amazing gameplay.
Platform – PlayStation 2
Developer – Level-5
Released – 2000
Dark Cloud were one of the earliest experimental and pioneer titles that combined elements of RPG with city-building. Though the game performed well for Western audience in its 2001 re-release, it failed miserable to score a mark in its home market. The game was soon declared as a collapse in the Japanese gaming market.
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Platform – PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Developer – Remedy Entertainment
Released – 2003
I agree that Max Payne movie is not so much original-game friendly because if it were, it might have pwerfomed well at the box-office. Max Payne is a very serious and deeply emotional game at its best which can make you connect to the eponymous protagonist of the game. It’s sequel, Max Payne 2, had all the ingredients to further escalate the popularity of the Max Payne franchise. Howsoever, the game resulted into a failure with super-low sales than expected, officially declaring it a waste of money, time and art.
Platform – Dreancast, Xbox
Developer – Sega AM2
Released – 2001
Shenmue II failed to perform well and was able to sold only 100k copies in 2-years, making it one of the biggest game losses of all time!
So, that were some of the worst-case scenarios in gaming.
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