of video games get released each year. Out of them a few dozen gems
emerge. Sometimes the buying public will recognize these gems and
shower them with money and praise, but since life is never fair,
many of the gems go unnoticed by the public. They sit idly store
shelves, watching as people walk past them to pick up copies of Spider-man:
The Movie and Dragonball Z Budokai. Well, hopefully after
reading this list of the top ten games that should have sold
millions, but didn’t, some of that will change.
Steel Battalion (Xbox) – It’s
a damn shame that this game’s $200 price tag kept many a gamer
away from it. If you have that kind of cash at your disposal, and
you are a pretty serious mech fan, try giving one of the coolest
games ever made a chance. It will be like having your own VR
machine, barring that you have a big screen TV in your pad, but if
you are afford to drop $200 bucks for a game you’re probably ten
steps ahead of me on that one.
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (PS2) – This
game manages to be challenging without being frustrating, by
relaying on some precise timing and mastery of the game’s
controls. It also manages to pack more style and more substance into
a platformer than is theoretically possible. Not to mention it is
one seriously good looking game. If you haven’t tried this one, do
yourself a favor and pick it up.
Deus Ex: The Conspiracy (PS2) – Anyone
with a PC and a taste for gaming should already know that Deus Ex is
one of the greatest games ever made. Now, console gamers finally get
a taste of what it's all about with this competent port of the game.
It streamlines the game enough to make it playable with the Dual
Shock and changes level sizes to compensate for the PS2’s lack of
memory, yet still manages to retain everything that made the game so
special, namely its insanely open ended gameplay and phenomenal
story. If you don’t know what all the fuss is about, you owe it to
yourself to give this game a try, be it on the PC or on the PS2.
Shadowman 2econd Coming (PS2) – Another
Shadowman title, another tragically under-appreciated sleeper hit.
This game was nearly flawless; an excellent example of a good
action/adventure game yet came and went with little fanfare. Dig on
the creepy mood, atmospheric visuals, mature storyline, and unusual
assortment of weapons and abilities, you won’t regret it.
Suikoden III (PS2) – Now
this is an RPG you can sink your teeth into! Sure, it suffers from
the same language/cultural translation problems that all Japanese
RPGs do, but it also gives RPG fans everything they would want in a
game: tons of story and loads of plot twists, an endless cast of
characters, and non-boring combat.
Rez (PS2) – Everyone
owes it to himself or herself turn the lights down low, turn the
volume up high, and play this game from beginning to end. It is an
experience he or she will never forget. Hallucinogens and Trance
Vibrator sold separately.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Xbox) – What
would you say if I told you there was an action/adventure beat-um-up
out there that was fun, deep, and challenging? What would you say if
I also told you this game managed to capture the feel of the cult
television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer perfectly? Would you be
excited? I would! If you are a fan of the show, if you are a fan of
beat-um-ups, or if you just like sticking broken table legs into the
chests of others by all means, give this game a chance!
Jet Set Radio Future (Xbox) – Maybe
now that Sega and Microsoft are packing copies of this game into
Xboxes this game will get the exposure it deserves. JSRF is one of
those games that’s so good it takes you a while to notice. Once
you stop looking at it as an inline game and look at it as a
platformer, you’ll realize just how revolutionary this game really
is. It’ll make you rethink your definition of the genre.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (GameCube) – Just
when you thought all a GameCube was good for was Mario, Zelda, and
Metroid, Eternal Darkness comes along. The first true "mind
trip" to grace a gaming platform, Eternal Darkness does and
excellent job of providing gamers with a kind of scare that’s
entirely new. Sit down, strap in, and enjoy one of the most insane
trips you’ll ever take.
Shenmue 2 (Xbox) – Many
hailed Shenmue as the greatest game ever made when it was released
for the Dreamcast three years ago. At that time, they weren’t far
from wrong. While it would be tough to argue the same about Shenmue
2 today, that certainly doesn’t stop this game from being one of
the best games to come out all year. It takes adventure games,
role-playing, and beat-um-ups to a whole new level. If you can put
up with a somewhat slow start, dated graphics, and the worst voices
ever recorded for a game you will find the Shenmue 2 is one of the
best gaming experiences you’ll have all year. Don’t let this
game pass you by!