Games you love, but no one else seems to know about or remember.

Werewolfkid

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Gaming Forums across the internet have been bogged down by monstrous amounts of negativity lately. Always fighting about sexism in games, which console is better, which publisher is most evil, and other gray topics we try our damn bast to make black and white. But I want to bring a topic that is both innocent and a little sad. What games do you love that other gamers either don't know of or don't remember. I want to dive into the depths of my memory and deliver onto to you my fellow Escapists games that I love and want to share with you.

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine: For those that complain about aliens in the last movie, I'm sorry to say that Infernal Machine had aliens in it way before it was cool. An action adventure game about Indy going on a globe trotting adventure to collect the parts of an ancient machine that opens a gate to another plain of reality where a world destroying entity waits. Despite terrible controls and a very bad N64 port, it wonderful level design and so bad that it's good voice acting this game stands as one of my most enduring childhood memories. It impossible to find pretty much anywhere so the best method is to try and get an emulator of the PC version if you can find it.

Myst III: Exile: Most people know of the first two Myst games at least, but no one ever seems to remember the third one. Excellent Puzzle design, beautiful art design, great story, and the music, oh sweet Jesus the music. Once again hard to find, best place to look is PC emulators.

The Journeymen Project 3: This is the game I remember most fondly then all my other childhood games. A man must travel through time to collect three pieces of an alien legacy to save the future with the help of a funny AI named Arthur. Wonderful locations like Atlantis presented with a level of historical accuracy that must science fiction would envy, a look at the ancient astronaut theory before it became an overused trope, and absolutely wonderful writing. If you haven't played this game it is at GOG.com for only 5 dollars.

Those are a few games I love and yet no one seems to ever talk about or remember. What games do you love and no one seems to remember my fellow Escapists.
 

Da Orky Man

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Tachyon: The Fringe, a PC game from 2000. A rather good space sim with a branching storyline and a main character voiced by Bruce Campbell. I've only ever met one other person in real life who has even heard of it.
 

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cloroxbb said:
Beyond Oasis: It was a game for the Genesis, it was a Zelda type game, and it was awesome, you could summon some "help", and I know of no one else that has ever heard of it or played it. I loved the sequel on Saturn too, called Legend of Oasis.
That game was awesome. I especially liked the brawler-style combos, it really livened up the combat compared to Zelda.

On a similar note, Soleil/Crusader of Centy was another Megadrive Zelda-like. You could talk to animals and have them as travelling companions, it was really cool.

I seem to remember Landstalker and Light Crusader being quite cool, too.
 

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Does anyone remember The Unholy War? A cute little mix of Turn Based Strategy and Action? No? Well ok. But it was awesome! There were 2 races, basically techno-humans and some cool aliens. And there was a tactical map and you would move your units and when 2 opposing units were on 2 nearby spots they would fight and that's where action part takes place! If you were skilled enough you could take out the most expensive enemy unit with your basic canon-fodder soldier! And it was cool! And no one heard of it.
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Spaceship Warlock, back when you could call an adventure game, and 'interactive movie'.

Good luck trying to find a copy nowadays...or even running it...

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It was the first game I ever played. And perhaps the only game I can remember where conversations didn't have a 'conversation wheel' and you just typed your answer.
 

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I'll shove out two examples:

-Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
This one isn't that unknown since I've met people who enjoyed it too, but most people have no knowledge of its existence. It's one of my favorite games of all time and I consider it one of the finest platformers on the PS1 and its remake is one of the best games on the Wii. It had unique gameplay, great level design, a memorable soundtrack, fun characters. Plus, despite it's cutesy look and the seemingly innocent way it starts, it actually had a rather emotional story that had me tearing up by the end.

It's a shame that this isn't more well known, it's a game that really deserves more attention than it gets.

-The Tokyo Xtreme Racer/Shutoku Battle series
I literally have never met a single person in reality who has played these games, nor have I talked to many people on the internet who also have played them. Which is a shame since when it comes to street racing games, these are probably my favorites. They don't try to act all hip and hardcore and shit, plus they're really unique in how they focus almost entirely on one-on-one races on winding city highway systems rather than the typical kind of street racing you see in NFS and Midnight Club games. Complete with a very novel method of assigning each racer a pseudo-health bar that gets depleted if they are behind the other racer or ram into things, the winner being decided via who ends up not losing all of their pseudo-health.

They can take a little bit of effort to get into, but once you do the Tokyo Xtreme Racer/Shutoku Battle games become extremely addictive and fun. Why they aren't more popular is, well... maybe kinda understandable since they are very niche games, but seriously. They deserve more love.
 

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It's rare to hear any person talk about Ikaruga, it's one hell of an amazing schmup! Good luck finding an actual copy though, while it is released on XBL (and maybe PSN), it's incredibly rare to find a copy for the Dreamcast or Gamecube.
 

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I never see any love for one of my favorite series, Tecmo's "Deception." The original game on PS "Tecmo's Deception" was a horrible, unplayable, badly translated, worthless waste of a game. Surprising then that the sequel "Kagero: Deception 2" was one of my favorite games ever. The third ("Dark Delusion") was still pretty good, even though the developers had been half replaced and the others were feuding with the publishers and things were going bad behind the scenes. And the 4th and final game in the series "Trapt" was the only one released on a later platform (PS2) and as such looked a little better. Deception was a third person series where the combat focused on being able to set traps and lure enemies into them. The longer and more painfully and flying through the air you could make a person suffer and die... the more points you got. It was one of the most beautifully sadistic games I've ever played. A great mix of Rube Goldberg, Wiley Coyote, and Torquemada. Hallmarks of the series were bad camera control, lousy and badly translated dialogue, a skippable and pointlessly stupid story...

And gameplay more fun and over the top funny than just about anything I've ever played before or since.

Also, does anyone remember "Rogue Trip?" It was a "Twisted Metal" knock-off that I liked MORE than Twisted Metal. RT got props from me for featuring "Reel Big Fish" in the soundtrack.
 

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Anyone played "Obscure"? A survival horror game with co-op where both players shared the same screen and could switch camera focus between them. It worked wonderfully and even though the game was not perfect, I found it enjoyable enough.
There is a sequel as well which is equally fun.
 

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Radiata Stories, one of the cutest, most thoughtfully created PS2 RPGs from the always outstanding tri-Ace. It is the pinnacle of traditional action RPGs.
 

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Beyond Good and Evil.
A fantastic action-adventure/puzzle-platformer/racing game with one of the best stories in gaming, and easily the best female protagonist. It has a really nice world, too, with a lot to find. I suppose it could be considered one of the first sandboxes. It has one of the coolest scavenger hunts that are mandatory to sandboxes: taking pictures of around 100 different animals. It makes the world feel alive, despite the fact that the area you can explore is about half the size of a university campus.
I think it's on GOG for a pittance, so I highly recommend y'all go and play it.
 

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IllumInaTIma said:
I remember playing the hell out of the demo for that game. It had the little alien creep and the rhino-dino as well as the flying killcycle and the razor guy. I spent more time on the demo for that game than I did for some of the game I actually bought. Never saw it in the store, though. :(


OT: Doshin the Giant for the GameCube! You play a giant who looks like a banana and help villages grow. Or you can turn into a devil to make them hate you. It's a very bare-bones experience (I am fairly sure that most of the intended features were never implemented) but it's incredibly soothing.
 

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Shining Force 1 and 2. I beat them both so much back in the day i know them by heart.
 

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Duke Nukem Forever: Is it misogynist? Yeah, sure. Is it over the top. Absolutely. Its Duke Nukem and its damn fun.