I’ve decided to bring back the Awesomely Underrated, but this time the rules are slightly different. This time I want to talk about games that caught my eye from all the E3 coverage that may not have received the attention they deserved. Since I haven’t played and thus have not completed any of these games, this is based completely on impressions I’ve read from this site along with others.
Without further ado, here are my picks of neat games that need more love, and thus are some of my picks from E3:
Avalon Code (DS)
I’ve talked about Avalon Code in a previous blog, and I’m still just as excited for this game. This action RPG is being developed by Matrix, the same people who worked on the DS remakes of FFIII and FFIV. As I’ve said before, I think they’ve done a great job with those games and it’s nice to see them be able to create some original content. It’s an action RPG where the character changes the events of a world that has been through destruction thanks to a Book of Prophecies. It’s an interesting premise, and given their track record with the DS it looks like a game that will be a lot of fun.
Fat Princess (PSN)
Despite the absolutely ridiculous name, Fat Princess has a great art style and a surprisingly interesting premise. Find the princess and kill those who stand in your way. The princess is a bit too heavy for one character to carry, so the player relies on different character classes, each with their own unique skills. The multiplayer aspects look like they could be a lot of fun and give the kind of craziness and laughs that come with a game like a Super Smash Brothers game. I’ve also never seen a game that looked so cute and yet so bloody.
Infinite Undiscovery (Xbox 360)
JRPG’s are starting to become the norm on the 360, although most mainstream sites still ignore them in favor of giving coverage to something like Gears of War 2. I’ve been following this game since it was nothing other than “Untitled Tri-Ace RPG.” The “connect actions” concept sounds interesting and the art style looks pretty good. The plot seems a bit generic, at least on the surface, but I’ll give Square Enix the benefit of the doubt for the moment.
Patapon 2 (PSP)
How I love Patapon. The quirky PSP game was a pleasant surprise earlier this year and it’s wonderful to hear that a sequel is already in development. The additions of multiplayer and new Patapons (it looks like there’s some flying ones!) will probably be enough to keep me entertained. As long as I have a quiet area to hear the music I’ll be able to keep a good beat. For those who haven’t had a chance to play Patapon, it’s quite worth it. It combines the music, RTS and RPG genres really well and has a great artstyle. The PSP needs more love anyway, and for $20 who would be without it? I hope Patapon 2 continues the same trend in affordability.
Retro Game Challenge (DS)
I first read about this game in Gamasutra and thought the idea was brilliant: play as a gamer trying to compete eight retro style video games. The games themselves are modeled after existing titles like Galaga and Dragon Quest. I’m sure most people born 1990 won’t be able to appreciate a game like this, but this is a retro fan’s wet dream. I also feel like the video game industry hasn’t tapped into the potential of parody enough, and it looks like this game could do it.
There you have it. These are some of the titles that look great to me, despite not being doted on by mainstream video game press. There are other games like Mega Man 9, Chrono Trigger DS and Mirror’s Edge that also caught my attention but have been getting pretty decent love from everyone else. Smaller titles have just as much creativity and deserve the same love as the bigger AAA titles.
What hidden gems did some of you see amidst the E3 coverage?