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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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!
3. 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.
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.
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