Four Amazing Games People Won’t Play but Should.

The video game industry as it is right now pumps out many different types of games; however, it will always be the game with mass appeal that gets the most attention. The Final Fantasys, Skyrims, and Call of Dutys of the world will always be played by more people than the more flawed or niche games. There are many amazing games that go ignored by the gaming populous at large. Not because of lack of quality, but because of one or two flaws or roadblocks that make these games less accessible than their more popular counterparts. These games don’t have to be obscure or even niche to be ignored. They just have to lack the mass appeal of the more popular series. Today we are going to look at four of these amazing games, delve into the roadblock that prevents mainstream popularity, and illuminate why these games deserve to be played despite them. We will only be looking at current generation games today so don’t expect something like Ogre Battle 64 showing up, and the list is in no particular order. Well enough with the preamble, let’s get to the list.

Let’s play spot the good games! Respond in the comments if you’re up to the challenge.

4.) Dark Souls (PS3/360)

I hope this post isn’t boar-ing… sorry.

-Why People Won’t Play it

Dark Souls is widely known to be an amazing game. Truthfully, it is hard to say you’re plugged into this generation of consoles if you haven’t heard of Dark Souls. Despite this, many gamers avoid this game like the plague. The reason for this is simple: the game is very challenging. I don’t have a romantic vision of the harder games of old like some, but it is indisputable that modern games are considerably easier than older games. The advantage to this is that games are more accessible, but it comes at the cost of challenge. Dark Souls, and its predecessor Demons’ Souls, ignores this trend and delivers an uncompromisingly hard game. For gamers who started this generation and are used to never dying at all in a game, constant death can be a major turn off. After all, if you aren’t one of the hardest of core players, why would you buy such a hardcore title?

-Why People Should  Play it

The obvious answer here and to all of the subsequent entries is that the game is amazing, but let’s go further than that statement. Dark Souls is challenging, but not cheap. There are always respawn points and a slow and careful take to exploration will reward even the meagrely talented gamer. While the game requires skill to play and beat, its multiplayer functionality helps less capable players in difficult areas by allowing them to summon an ally or two. The difficulty is always present, but gamers who ignore this game based on that alone will short themselves out of a deeply rewarding and beautiful game. The game is so well crafted that even if the player is incapable of beating the last boss, he or she will still have an experience unlike any else on current gen platforms. The challenge may bring frustration, but it will also bring great rewards.

3.) Fallout: New Vegas (PS3/360)

Either a bug or we’re going to need a priest

-Why People Won’t Play it

The oft’ mentioned by this blog Fallout: New Vegas is another game that many would consider to be in the mainstream; however, it still manages to repel many potential players due to one major flaw: the game is very, very buggy. This game was made by Obsidian, and if you know Obsidian then you know that their games are always extremely full of bugs and New Vegas is no exception. Crashes, slowdown, screen clipping, disappearing companions/NPCs, are among the huge list of common major bugs found in Fallout: New Vegas. This is also very well known and you will frequently hear comments about gamers not wanting to touch such a buggy game. Since launch, the game has been patched multiple times, but many of the bugs still permeate the game, making it very difficult for current generation gamers, who aren’t as used to buggy games, to pick it up. Other gamers steadfastly refuse to pick up what they call an “unfinished product”, and will not support what they see as laziness.

-Why People Should Play it

New Vegas is the semi-sequel to Fallout 3, which was made by Bethesda of Elder Scrolls fame. Fallout 3 was a great game and it revived the defunct series; however, Fallout 3 is completely inferior to New Vegas. Even the more recently released Skyrim is inferior in many key ways to the Obsidian game that could. New Vegas delivered a complexity and depth not seen in many open world games. From constant useful perks (Unlike Fallout 3), a plethora of weapons and unique ammunition types, as well as the unique Hardcore mode, New Vegas can pull you into its world easier than most other open world RPGs. However, where New Vegas truly shines, and puts every Bethesda open world RPG to shame is in its characters. Building on Fallout 3’s terrible companion system, New Vegas delivered a collection of unique, memorable, and useful companions, who you would want to roam the wastes with. Complete with individual quests, perks and, more importantly, personalities, these companions are a game changer. On top of that there are the hugely memorable and compelling personages of Mr. House, and Caesar. When you play most open world RPGs you will be hard pressed to find a single NPC you remember. There aren’t any standouts in Skyrim, or Oblivion, or Fallout 3, but New Vegas is littered with them. Every developer working on an open world RPG needs to look long and hard at New Vegas, as it is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of the genre.

2.) Nier (PS3/360)

Come for the floating book. Stay for the talented Liam O’Brien’s soothing voice.

-Why People Won’t Play it

Nier is the most niche game on this list, and the simple fact is that many people won’t play it because they’ve never heard of it, but for those who have there are more reasons. Nier is a game that offers many, many different playing styles, but only goes halfway in each. However, the main problem with Nier is the story. The bulk of the story doesn’t make a lot of sense, and what many people don’t understand is that there is a lot more to the game on subsequent playthroughs. The games doesn’t do a very good job of explaining how important the second playthrough is, as it gives considerably more to the player emotionally. This is its big fault. Nier requires multiple playthroughs to really experience it and many gamer don’t know this and many more don’t care. It is asking a lot to want players to clear your game two to four times.

-Why People Should Play it

Nier is admittedly a very divisive game. Many gamers consider it a train wreck of half executed ideas and insane storytelling. However, there is a strong contingent of gamers who see much, much more than this, and there are many who consider it among the finest games of this generation. I have no shame in putting myself in the latter category. Nier does require multiple playthroughs but will give you an experience like no other. It is the only game this generation that made me legitimately emotional while playing it and that alone is worth distinction. Ignoring the story, the gameplay is also brilliant. While jumping between styles, Nier gives the player a totally unique experience. There is no game that jumps between action, platformer, RPG, dungeon crawler, shooter, and text adventure. Seriously, there are no games like Nier.

1.) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)

I don’t care how ugly the damn game is. Just buy it already!

-Why People Won’t Play it

Xenoblade Chronicles like Dark Souls is a game that everyone should know, and should know that it is excellent. It is the game that inspired a successful grass roots campaign to bring it over to North America after all. However, many gamers still won’t give it the time of day for two reasons. Firstly it is a JRPG, which is a genre that has seriously fallen out of favour this generation. Secondly, and more importantly, the game was released for the Wii. The Wii was never a system that the hardcore flocked to, always being a casual system. For gamers who have an HD system, the prospect of a jaggy, ugly Wii game can be enough to turn them off of it. At the same time, few, if any, non-first party Nintendo games have been able to bring out big sales numbers, as casuals are not ones to buy many games. The hardcore gamers that own the Wii are likely sick of it. You see, internet, the Wii is dead. It died last year. There are very few releases for it and of all last year, only Skyward Sword was truly worth the purchase. This is normal as Nintendo is getting ready for the launch of the Wii U. The same thing happened to the PSP, which died a year or two before the release of the Vita and many users thus missed some of the best games on the system. In short, Xenoblade Chronicles is late to the party.

-Why People Should Play it

Legend of Dragoon, Chrono Trigger, Breath of Fire 3, Tales of Symphonia, Persona 4, Xenogears, Suikoden III, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, Dragon Warrior, these are legends of the JRPG genre and Xenoblade Chronicles stands tall and proud as a peer among these games. To call Xenoblade Chronicles good is an astounding understatement. In a generation that so undervalues JRPGs, Xenoblade Chronicles delivers a JRPG unique and fresh, as well as being deeply entrenched in the genre. It is worth dusting off the Wii. Actually, it is worth buying the Wii to play this game. Many people will avoid this game because of its platform, but they would be missing out on something very special. Xenoblade Chronicles is a modern classic plain and simple, and it is a shame that so few people will actually get to play it.

If you haven’t played this, then get to it! Now on the PSN.

There we go, internet, four amazing games that people won’t play, but should. In a world where droves of players will buy a new Madden or Call of Duty each year, it is sometimes horrifying that games such as these will go under the radar of so many. Of course Dark Souls and New Vegas were both commercial successes, and many people have played them. However, this doesn’t dismiss the fact that many gamers will steadfastly refuse to play them because of specific issues. All four of these games provide a special experience for those who actually are willing to look past these roadblocks. These are all RPGs as that is my genre of choice, but there are many more games. If there are any unappreciated games you’d like to spotlight, let me know in the comments. People play games for many different reason, but every gamer owes it to themselves to step out of their comfort zone every once an awhile so they can experience something very special.

– Mistranslations for the Modern Gamer


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