Last Console Gen’s Best, Most Overlooked Games
We have officially transitioned into a new console generation, and it’s exciting. This feeling of new experiences, new IPs, and fresh hardware to play with is something most gamers live for, yet that doesn’t mean we should write off last generations games just yet. There are plenty of games from the last generation of consoles that you probably haven’t played yet. Furthermore, there are hidden gems and overlooked games that you probably missed over the last console generation that are, believe it or not, still worth playing. Most of these games can be found at dirt cheap prices nowadays, so after you finish reading this feature? Go out and get you some overlooked classics for the weekend.
In no particular order, here are some of the best yet most overlooked games released on the Xbox 360/PS3/Wii/Nintendo DS. And believe me, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of how many more hidden gems are out there (meaning you can expect a part two sometime down the line).
3D Dot Game Heroes
This is as close to The Legend of Zelda as you will ever find on a PS3. 3D Dot Game Heroes looks a little bit like Minecraft to be sure, yet it feels a lot like a classic Japanese action-adventure game such as Dragon Warrior or again, a Legend of Zelda game. Tasking players with exploring dungeon after dungeon while battling new enemies, collecting items, and solving puzzles reminiscent of classic NES adventure games, 3D Dot Game Heroes is one of the most unique yet refreshing games available on the PS3. Players are also able to create their own model via the 3D sprite editor as well. Complete with an awesome soundtrack, 3D Dot Game Heroes unfortunately didn’t sell very well over here as it was released – probably because it was released a week before a little game called Red Dead Redemption.
The final game from Pandemic Studios (Star Wars Battlefront, Mercenaries), The Saboteur is one of the most unique open-world games of last generation. Set during World War II in German-occupied France, The Saboteur stars a borderline alcohol Irishman named Sean Devlin that is cheated out of the 1940 Saarbrucken Grand Prix by a Nazi colonel known as Kurt Dierker. When Devlin and his friend Jules attempt to seek revenge on the Nazi colonel and sabotage his race car, the two are captured and Jules is executed. Devlin escapes and for the rest of the game, Devlin aims to kill Dierker and avenge his friend’s murder. If that doesn’t sell you on buying The Saboteur, friend, you have a problem.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is one of the most unique IPs of last generation, yet it’s also one of the most criminally underrated. Seriously, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West may actually be last generation’s Beyond Good and Evil. A re-imagining of Wu Cheng’en’s novel Journey to the West, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is set 150 years in a post-apocalyptic future where global war has destroyed much of the world, and only a few humans are left within it. Starring ‘Monkey,’ he uses a staff to protect the other lead Trip in an attempt to get her to her village 300 miles away. One of the most critically acclaimed games of last generation, it is sadly one of the most overlooked. If you love great stories, great characters, and games with an actual moral (there’s not too many of those around), Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a beautiful, moving game that every gamer call calls himself/herself such owes it to themselves to play.
Just Cause 2
Look at that picture and tell me you don’t want to play this. Just Cause 2 is, in my mind anyway, the best open-world game of the last console generation. Never taking itself too seriously for even a second, players are encouraged to cause as much havoc as possible in order to progress through the game. Armed with a hookshot that allows you to grapple to helicopters, scale large sky scrapers, fling enemies through the air, and so much more, there’s so much to do in this game that you’ll never find everything. One of the largest maps last generation and sporting over 100 different vehicles, Just Cause 2 contains so much explosive action I’m feeling myself about to blow up just thinking about it.
I remember late one night I stole a motorcycle, was being chased by soldiers, and drove through an airfield. I drove onto the runway, hijacked a commercial jet, flew it into the city, found a general I was supposed to assassinate, flew the jet directly on top of him only to jump out and parachute at the last second, grappled onto a helicopter, stole it, flew it into a gas station only to parachute out again at the last second, then stole a jeep, and drove it into the ocean to fake my own death. Then I stole a boat a few minutes later.
That’s the type of action you can expect in Just Cause 2. Hell, I grappled onto a missile one time and rode it around the world. While awesome on consoles, the definitive version is on PC. It’s discounted all the time on Steam (usually about $3), so pick it up and experience hours upon hours of action-packed mayhem!