I want to try take a look at underrated/underappreciated/underlooked games, and recently been browsing various sites for their lists of these games. And.. It has been with mixed results.
Folklore is a highly underrated game. It got no advertising, early in the PS3 life cycle - and it looks very dated and have some quite frustrating controls at times, but as many RPG fans who actually gave it a shot will say - it deserves more credit than it gets. The combat and various mechanics were amazing, and while other games kind of tried the same, no one really got it quite as in-depth. When you want Folk IDs, you have to jank them out with the Sixaxis, which works well for about.. 90+% of the time, but then there's a larger Folklore, which requires an awful pattern and those 10% of failing hard hits REALLY hard.. But still it's such a charming game, with wonderful characters, admittedly awful localisation, but impressive mechanics.. And most people ask "What is Folklore? Is it a game?"
Then there's the Darksiders games, which got great reviews - the sequel even better - but even then, many people just writes it off as a LoZ made by Blizzard kind of clone. Perhaps similar to anything made by Platinum. Really great games, get great well-deserved reviews, but they never really get the sales and attention it deserves. Bayonetta 2 might be an exception, but that also only exists because of Nintendo.
These games were listed, but.. The reason I made the thread was actually because, 90% of the games they list are definitely not under-anything. Wind Waker is on many lists, even it's sold insane amounts, get amazing reviews and has a lot of talk about it. Then there's usually 2/3 of games that are GotY nominees, with lots of praise and incredible sales.
What I'm getting at... Can people list games from the last generation of consoles and/or pc, that are actually gems that most overlook? Maybe write a little about what makes it something worth actually giving a shot? Doesn't have to be an amazing game, it can simply be great execution of mechanics, a unique story, etc. I frankly don't want to hear about games that "only got 9.1 on critics avg. 9.5 user avg. with 7mil sales"
Has to be something like Folklore, perhaps even Demon's Souls - which is completely ignored even though it's a very praised game - because it had no publisher in some regions for years and Dark Souls were multiplatform and had way more advertising. El Shaddai and Asura's Wrath are also games that I never heard of till recently, and while very wonky - they have something going for them.