10 Most Underrated Games of All Time


Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were two of the most critically acclaimed games of 2018. They rightfully sit firmly atop the twin thrones of Game of the Year, but they aren’t alone there. These are games that had critics falling over themselves to praise them, and these are games that any gamer with even a passing interest in video games knows about. There’s no shortage of lists out there highlighting the best video game titles from over the years, from classics like Super Mario Bros. to modern masterpieces like The Last Of Us. But what about those other gems? Here’s a look at some of them:

“Tomb Raider” (2013)

“Tomb Raider” (2013) is one of the best games on this list. It offers a fresh take on Lara Croft, who is a younger version of herself. The game offers a huge world to explore and lots of side quests to complete. The story isn’t very deep, but it does set up for future installments in the series well enough.

If you like beating up bad guys with your fists and grappling hooks, then “Tomb Raider” is definitely worth trying out!

“Ghost Trick”

“Ghost Trick” is a 2011 adventure game for iOS and Android. The player takes control of a spirit named Sissel who has lost his memory after being killed by an assassin. The gameplay is a mix of puzzle solving and exploration, where you must use the dead bodies around you to solve puzzles in order to progress through the story. As you play through this game, it’s hard not to feel heartbroken by how good it really is—the story isn’t perfect, but neither is life! If you give “Ghost Trick” a chance (and I highly recommend doing so), I guarantee that your day will be made brighter by having done so.

This isn’t one of those games that demands hours upon hours of your life—it’s actually pretty short—but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from video games over time, it’s that even short-lived experiences can leave their mark on us forever.


Catherine is a puzzle game, an action game, a horror game and a romance game all wrapped up in one. The story follows Vincent Brooks as he tries to navigate the conflicts in his love life between his girlfriend Katherine and the temptress Catherine.

The gameplay focuses on strategically shifting blocks around using the analog stick and pushing buttons at just the right moment to climb toward your goal—which can be quite difficult when you’re also trying not to get killed by monsters hell-bent on getting you down from your perch! It might sound like it would be stressful, but I think it’s more fun than stressful considering how many times I died while trying to find my way through each level.

It really makes you think about how much time you spend away from work and home looking for distractions (or giving into temptation). Are there things that aren’t worth sacrificing? Is there anything important enough for you to risk your life for?

“Black Mesa”

Black Mesa is a free download that’s available on Steam. It’s a remake of Half-Life, and it’s one of the best-looking remakes I’ve ever seen. The developers have gone to great lengths to make everything look like it did in the original game, but with modern graphics and effects—and they did a great job at this too.

Black Mesa is also one of those rare games that can be considered a spiritual successor to Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (the first episode). In other words, if you enjoy playing Half-Life 2: Episode 1 then you will probably enjoy playing Black Mesa as well.

The story has been improved over what was originally seen in Half-Life 1 & 2: Episodes 1 & 2 back when those games were released for PCs back in 2004 and 2007 respectively (hence why Black Mesa was released 11 years later).

“Contra” (1987)

Contra is a shoot ’em up video game developed and published by Konami, originally released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1987. It was later ported to various home consoles and computers, such as the MSX2, the Sega Master System, and Nintendo Entertainment System. The arcade version was immediately successful, popularizing the side-scrolling shoot ’em up genre of video games and establishing itself as a classic that would influence many future titles in the genre.

Contra was followed by several sequels over the years: Super Contra (1988), which added more enemies on screen; Operation C – The Ultimate Mission (1990), which added another player; Contra Force (1992), which featured multiple characters instead of just one; Neo Contra (2001), a prequel set 20 years before the events in this article; and Hard Corps: Uprising (2012).

“Crysis 2”

This game is the most underrated FPS of all time. It has the best graphics of any game in 2011, and also has great story, multiplayer and soundtrack. The gameplay is also very good. This game was rated too low by reviewers because they didn’t play it long enough to understand how amazing it really was.

“Fallout 3”

Fallout 3 is a post-apocalyptic action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the third major installment in the Fallout series. The game was released worldwide in October 2008 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.Fallout 3 takes place in the year 2277 on a Vault-Tec vault called Vault 101, located near Washington D.C., which has been sealed off from the outside world following a nuclear war that occurred on October 23, 2077 and lasted less than two hours: almost all of Washington D.C.’s inhabitants were killed instantly by atomic blasts or exposure to radiation afterward; many survivors died within weeks due to exposure; others who weren’t killed attempted to rebuild their lives, but failed miserably due to all infrastructure being destroyed or destroyed by marauders (those who survived without shelter or protection).

“Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty”

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is a game that received mixed reviews from critics. However, it was still a great game that was well-received by fans. The story is solid and the gameplay has improved since Metal Gear Solid 1. If you have never played this title before, I recommend playing through the original MGS first in order to get more out of this sequel.

“Skulls of the Shogun”

Skulls of the Shogun is a turn-based strategy game that was released in 2013 by 17-Bit. It’s available on multiple platforms, including Windows, iOS, and Xbox 360.

Skulls of the Shogun is inspired by the board game Shogun, which is itself based on the novel Shōgun. The original game has players controlling shoguns who compete for land and power in feudal Japan. In Skulls of the Shogun, you play as a supernatural samurai who’s become trapped between worlds after dying from gangrene during an attack on his monastery. You must return home and free your friends from captivity in order to defeat an evil emperor who’s taken over your homeland!

This quirky title has received generally positive reviews from critics; it currently holds a rating of 75 out 100 on Metacritic (as of October 16th 2017).

“Metal Gear Rising Revengeance”

The gameplay is fast-paced, with a lot of enemies to kill. The story is pretty good as well, as you play as Raiden and try to stop a military coup. There are also some really cool characters in the game, like Sam who’s an evil cyborg ninja with blades for feet and arms.

The ending was kind of disappointing though because it didn’t reveal anything new (other than how Raiden got his robot arm). Usually I’m not into fighting games but this one was fun enough that I played through twice just because there are so many unlockable weapons!

Not all famous video games are the best.

It’s true that many of the most popular video games, such as Call of Duty and Halo, are not actually the best. There are plenty of underrated games that are better than these more famous titles. It is easy to get tired of playing games like Call or Duty because they aren’t very creative or interesting in comparison to some other titles out there. If you want something new and fun, here are some underrated titles worth checking out:

  • Grand Theft Auto V: This open world game lets you explore Los Angeles with your friends while stealing cars and committing other crimes in an attempt to gain money so you can buy houses, clothes and more! You can also make your own character who will interact with others online (if you want). The graphics look great on this game too!
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity: If you like historical fiction then this series is right up your alley! You play as Arno during France’s revolutionary period where he must fight against both assassins and Templars while trying out different weapons along his journey through Parisian streets full of explosions; these action-packed missions become even more fun when played with friends so why not invite them over today?


We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the most underrated games in gaming history. There are so many great games out there that sometimes fly under the radar, and we want to thank you for discovering some of them with us today. Maybe this list has inspired you to check out some new games, or maybe it’s even inspired you to challenge yourself by playing a game you never would have considered before. Whatever the case, we wish you all the best in your gaming adventures!

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