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

Chimichanga

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icemasteryeti said:
Croc: Legend of the Gobbos

It was the first game I ever owned but barely anyone I know has heard of it.
Hol-E-shit. It wasn't just a fever dream, it was real! But in all seriousness, yeah - I still kind of wonder what ever happened to Croc - If the first two games were anything to go by, I think he had a bit of potential.

My own list:

Castlevania: Circle of The Moon (GBA) [2001]

This was actually a pretty popular Game Boy Advance title at the time and the first Castlevania game for the system. Turns out that the series' current art director, who didn't have anything to do with this game and hence his decision, later on erased it from canon and the main story line, despite it's former popularity and being overall a great game.

Asshole.


Beast Wars: Transformers (PS1 & PC) [1997]

This game was a 'C+' at best. The platforming was awful; it had no real story to speak of; the characters had no characterization... at all; the graphics were poor, even back in the PS1 era; and it had little to do with the Beast Wars transformers franchise it was based on. But even still, 16 years later, I still have the music of the first desert stages for the Predacons stuck in my head. It was totally inadvertent and unintentional, as I'm sure the devs at Hasbro just wanted to make a quick franchising dollar off of the toy line, but to me it perfectly captured the feeling of loneliness that comes with being marooned in an inescapable, hostile desert while being lost in space and time. To everyone else though, it might just be boring. Your mileage may vary.


Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far (PC) [1997]

This wasn't a bad game at all. It wasn't popular either, but that was because it was meant for audiences too old for the young PC gamer demographic at the time, yet most adults who would have appreciated the game at the time weren't into PC gaming. I think I've only beaten one single level in that game after years of on-again-off-again attempts. My brother though, was awesome at it and beat the entire thing. I still have no idea how he picked up on anything. game had no tutorials and the learning curve was steep.


Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil (PS2) [2001]

Good game, very good platformer from what I remember. Unfortunately, like everything forgotten with the Klonoa series, the only people who seem to be currently aware of it are *shudder* furries.

(Oh lord, for the things I've seen, kill me now.)

I'm sure there's more to my list, but for the moment, i'm content, as these were the ones most immediate and off the top of my head.

*EDIT*

I'm an idiot- how could I forget...

Glover (PS1 & PC) [PC in 1998; PS1 in 1999]

This game had problems: the camera was pretty shitty and some levels were pretty poorly laid out - but I had a bit of fun with this title back in the day and I lump it in with the Croc series as one of those franchises that had the potential to strike it big, had perhaps their developers/publishers/whoever not fucked up/gone-under.


... And a personal favorite:


Frogger (the Hasbro game from 1997, not the original from Konami) (PC & PS1) [1997]

This was a 3D remake by Hasbro Interactive, the same guys who made Beast Wars from earlier in the list, but this, unlike the former entry, was actually really fucking good. Seriously - if any of you somehow can get a hold of a copy, or even more rare, a working healthy torrent of the game - give it a shot. Despite the simple premise, this game goes above and beyond anything of the '80s original and does it's own unique platforming puzzles. Aside from Klonoa, I think this one has aged the best.

Unfortunately, unlike a few of the other ones above, I know exactly why this franchise went to shit - it was such a success that Sony and Hasbro made an absolutely retarded sequel, Frogger 2: Swampy's revenge and then made some weird-ass RPGs starring frogger for the PS2 and GBA. It was, in other words, killed by franchisecide due to it's own success and now remains forgotten in the murky depths of game history.

What a shame.
 

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icemasteryeti said:
Croc: Legend of the Gobbos

It was the first game I ever owned but barely anyone I know has heard of it.
Don't worry I know it man! Have many fond memories of it too as it was also one of the first games I played.
 

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Only my favorite game of all time, Lucas Arts: Outlaws!

This game is the most fun I've ever had playing an FPS. It's fast-paced action with a nice little storyline, fun characters and a lot of great dialogue between each cutscene you shoot your way trough a well-designed level filled with cowboys, chickens and a bossfight. The weapons are quite varied and usually have a really good feel to them, which is surprising considering how old the game is and how it looks. It is one of the very few games I still have in a box, sitting like a sacred relic on my shelf. Every time I take it down to play it I have a blast, I'm always surprised at just how much fun the game still is 16 years later! I also read it's the first game to feature sniper zoom, so thats cool X3.

This is the game that got me into FPS gaming way back then, when I played it at my cousins computer as a young, blue-eyed girl. Now I am a young, blue-eyed woman with a muffin top, and it's just as much fun as it was back then... Nostalgia speaking? Most likely!
Not gonna cry... NOT gonna cry!


It's allergies, OK!?

Dear GOD I loved Outlaws back in the day. Loved the visual style, the music, the story. I can still quote most of the dialogue from the cutscenes.


As for me, I'd probably have to name Normality. A quirky first-person point-and-click adventure game. Loved that game.

 

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Well thank you, for now I have things to add to my shopping list.

I like these topics, it informs me on good games that I often don't know about.

For me, Ape Escape. That was a massively fun game that I have a lot of memories playing, It was a great PS1 platformer that used the Analogue sticks exclusively, I can describe it as a twin stick animal control platformer, with Time Travel.
 

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Trucken said:
Not gonna cry... NOT gonna cry!

It's allergies, OK!?

Dear GOD I loved Outlaws back in the day. Loved the visual style, the music, the story. I can still quote most of the dialogue from the cutscenes.
Rogue Trooper said:
My god...I thought that I was the only one who remembered this game
You are not alone my friends! Outlaws may be old -and it shows- but we know how much fun he was as a younger man, and we respect the hell out of him for still being able to keep it up 16 years later!
 

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This is an easy one, Rule Of Rose. All my friends I know in person and online have never heard of it until I mentioned it myself. It's a great survival horror game that still stands to this day as being particularly unique.
 

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I've yet to hear anyone talk about Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime. Besides getting to play as the Dragon Quest series' lovable gooey mascot, you can partake in tank battles with three NPC's on your team, with the tanks made to resemble iconic enemies and towering at a height of... what, six stories, maybe? Your ammo includes boomerangs, shields, rockets, swords, ghostly rock bombs, and a friggin' meteorite. Seriously, what more do you want!?
 

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Mine would be Island of the dead, an old wolf3d clone from the 90's that has point and click/fps elements in it, People say its shitty, but i like it. And also, Trespasser.
 

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Receiver (on Steam). This is kind of like Slender with realistic handguns and killdrones. This first-person shooter randomly generates a seemingly endless environment of simple prefab maps, and you have to track down eleven tape cassettes while scrounging for ammo. I was addicted for about three months.

Eufloria. Although set in an endless white/grey 2D universe and played with tiny tree-building flower-petal ships armed with lasers, this game plays very much like a real-time simplified version of the classic board game Risk, including the ability to raise massive armies to crush your enemies.

No Time To Explain. Okay, the art on this game is a little iffy, the gameplay is buggy, the difficulty is poorly balanced, and the game is way too short, but you have to love the story, especially the opening. Try watching a youtube walkthrough of this one.

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. Imagine if Skyrim had been built using the Half Life 2 engine, was extremely linear, and the dragons were total crap, especially the final boss. Anyway, this game is totally worth playing, I swear.

Oh, and Trespasser is awesome. Best HUD ever.
 

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IllumInaTIma said:
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I remember seeing that blue alien's mug in a gaming magazine from so very long ago. But not the game itself. :(
icemasteryeti said:
Croc: Legend of the Gobbos

It was the first game I ever owned but barely anyone I know has heard of it.
That game was pretty fun. Although I remember the controls being pretty awkward.

OT:



You're a small yellow robot fighting alongside the Droid Rebellion against the evil Mil overlords! You had a large arsenal of unique and interesting weapons, such as the cutter, which fired buzzsaws that can cut rope and also sever your enemy's joints, making their arms limp or their torsos flop over causing them to run around like chickens with their heads cut off. And also the control tether which allowed you to take control over enemies and take several of them out without risking yourself.

The game also featured a pretty nice cast of voice actors. Such as Dan Castellaneta of Homer Simpson fame, and Patrick Warburton.

According to the Jimquisition, the maker of this game was going to turn this into a trilogy, as the cliffhanger ending sort of indicated. Unfortunately, due to the game's poor sales, Vivendi axed the game that was going to be the sequel.

Shame, this was a great game in my opinion.
 

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Kroxile said:
Duke Nukem Forever: Is it misogynist? Yeah, sure. Is it over the top. Absolutely. Its Duke Nukem and its damn fun.
Unfortunately, no-one has forgotten it... and probably won't for a looooong time...

One of my favourites is a DOS game from 1995... "Stonekeep" which is surprisingly well known for being vaporwear at the time... But I still think it's great... Certainly is deeper than most RPG's now-a-days and takes much longer to complete than the average game...
 

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Anyone remember Gex 3D? Another generic 'Hey look, 3D platformers!' starring a secret agent gecko. Had some unique style. No?

How about Skullmonkeys? All like...claymation? 2D platformer. Great sense of humour.
 

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Oh, a couple!

Sacrifice...


Leviathan: Tone Rebellion (where I got my avatar from)...


Project Nomads...


I don't think any of these are that well-known.
 

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Severance: Blade of Darkness >__< (Release on 2001)
epic music/atmosphere/level design + super cool hack n slash + goreeeee
It's on the top of my good game collections (Best Hack n Slash game)



Knight


Barbarian


Amazon


Dwarf


The journey to find sword of Ianna, goddess of light


Left 4 slash
 

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Though it it probably more popular and well known due to the recent Humble Weekly Introvision Bundle, I still have to recommend Uplink: Hacker Elite. It truly feels like an actual hacking game (though of the Hollywood variety), with you screen being a fictional computer which you log into, making it very immersive. Also, the game is plain fun, making you feel like a badass as you hack through increasingly difficult security systems, ruining people's lives or destroying companies with a computer and an internet connection. I put a lot of hours into that game, and for good reason.
 

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ScrabbitRabbit said:
Light Crusader being quite cool, too.
Damn straight, Light Crusader is amazing. Also on the Genesis, Gunstar Heroes, awesome.

I seem to be the only one who brings up Ninja Gaiden Black in suggestion topics for action games, aside from one person I can remember. Makes me sad.
 

Marik2

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Sweet love these kind of threads to see stuff I never got the chance to play.

*bookmark*
 

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Sparkster (the SNES version. Never owned a genesis, but the two versions seem to play similar so im sure its great too.) It's an old konami game which is the sequel to a game called rocket knight adventures. You're a possum who's a knight with a laser sword and a jetpack that can launch you in any direction. It's super fast paced and fun. Apparently it was popular enough for them to make a bad 3d XBLA attempted revival of the series, but I'm yet to meet one other person that's played it. Though after I post this im going to ctrl+f it on this thread to see if anyone else has.
Edit: Nope, nobody else has mentioned it.