This year has been great for gaming. Even with the holiday video game rush not fully upon us, a multitude of great releases have made their way onto store shelves. The problem is, unless you are rich, it is impossible to play them all, and some games get swept under the rug and forgotten about. For some games, this is a good thing, because there is a lot of garbage out there, but for some this must be rectified.
When you miss a great game upon release, it leads to an intense feeling of sadness and longing, almost like when you forget something important for a trip right before you board the plane. However, the sadness is unwarranted, because the games will be there waiting for you, and chances are, they will be even cheaper than they were when they first released. Just check out your local game store, and you should be able to find these games for way below their launch price. The beauty is, even though they are cheaper, they aren’t any less fun!
The list that follows are three games from the last year or so that didn’t sell gangbusters, but are still very solid releases that are worth playing.
BulletStorm is a first person shooter from the guys at Epic Games. In case you were unaware, they are the same company that have just released the mega blockbuster smash Gears of War 3. While BulletStorm is similar to Gears in that it involves big gruff guys shooting a lot of stuff, it is different enough that I actually like it (and I despise the Gears of War series).
What makes BulletStorm different is the Skill shot mechanic. You are constantly graded on the ways you kill the bad guys. Simply shooting them works, but it’s much cooler to kick them into an electric fence, and doing so will net a lot more points towards buying new guns and more ammo.
The game features a great single player mode, with a decent story and so much action it’s a little insane. It also has a deep multiplayer mode, but due to the terrible sales of the game, it isn’t very populated. If you are looking for a new shooter to play that isn’t called Gears of War, Call of Duty or Battlefield, this is one that is worth checking out!
EA Sports MMA
This is the best Mixed Marital Arts game on the market, but because it didn’t have a UFC license it sold something like four copies. It features a much smoother submission system, and a striking system similar to Fight Night (EA’s incredibly popular boxing game).
The game is populated with fighters from StrikeForce and various other smaller MMA promotions. While these fighters are not the household names like Georges St. Pierre and Brock Lesnar, they still feature top-tier fighters like Fedor, Randy Couture and Nick Diaz.
If you like fighting games, and especially if you like Mixed Martial Arts, this is a must-own game, and is available super cheap. In fact, it is so unpopular that the store might pay you to take it off their hands (this is not an actual fact so don’t quote us to the store owner).
Warhammer 40k Space Marine
Warhammer has a certain stigma around it. People tend to think of it being super nerdy, and not something that interests them. This may or may not be true for the more traditional Warhammer games, but Space Marine is cut from a different cloth. It is not a real-time strategy or pen and paper RPG like most people associate with Warhammer, but is a pretty slick third person shooter.
The general idea of the game is the same as any third person shooter; aim and shoot bad guys. The gameplay is similar to Gears of War, but not so much that it feels like a rip off. Where Space Marine really separates itself from Gears is in their Melee combat. Gears of War has some melee, but it pretty much consists of running up to a guy and slicing him up with a chain saw. In this game, the melee is more combo driven, and much deeper.
Warhammer 40k Space Marine has a great story, even if you aren’t into the deep Warhammer fiction. The developers realized that a large part of the gaming community has no idea what is happening in Warhammer, so they made the game as self-contained as possible. Of course, for those who are into Warhammer, there are plenty of juicy nuggets that most people will gloss over.
If you are looking for a great game that is being ignored in the massive holiday hype season, check out Space Marine.
It is just so hard to keep up with the fast-moving world of video games, and sometimes great games just don’t sell because of bad timing. Sometimes they don’t sell because they lack the license of a major brand, and other times it is just impossible to put a reason on why a game isn’t popular.
Are there any other games you think have been ignored in the last year, or ever, for that matter? If so, let us know in the comments.