Despite the sheer volume of top ten lists I’ve written over the years, I’m well aware of the criticisms surrounding the practice. My main beef with the format is how it sensationalises a small microcosm of the big AAA games everyone already knows about. How’s an indie title ever going to stand toe to toe with the big boys in a generic “best visuals” type of list?
Instead of celebrating the usual stuff you’ve all heard of before then, we thought we’d look back at the unsung heroes of the seventh generation of gaming. Read on for the ten most underrated games of this generation. Whether they were just never heard of, unfairly reviewed or need a second look, we’ve got them here for you.
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Made by the minds behind prolific JRPG series Shin Megami Tensei, Catherine was the company's first offering on a current gen home console. It was also very different to their previous games. Taking control of a man who is unhappily informed that his girlfriend is pregnant, you control protagonist Vincent as he cheats on his girlfriend and is thrust into a world of nightmares accordingly. The block puzzling elements that made up the bulk of the gameplay were more unique and gripping than most critics gave credit for, but the main appeal was in the story. Catherine is one of the only games to ever truly capture some of the awkwardness implicit in adult relationships, and it deserves more credit for achieving this. Try it out today, and I can guarantee you a unique experience you won't find elsewhere.