Up For Debate - Underrated PC Games

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jun 28, 2015 4:00 PM

With Batman: Arkham Knight PC unplayable for everyone without a supercomputer leant to them by NASA, a lot of PC gamers are finding their weekend plans crushed. Crushed beneath Batman’s steel boot. You were supposed to be here to defend us Bats.

Without Batman: Arkham Knight we find ourselves in a void, and what better way to fill this time than unearthing a few hidden gems. Now, more than ever, there are a heck of a lot of PC games coming out. In 2012, 386 games were released on Steam. In 2013, this rose to 584. Then it was a massive 1,848 in 2014. In 2015 there’s already been 1,315 games released on Steam, and we’re not even halfway through the year yet. It’s the Moore’s Law of videogames. With all that, it can be all too easy to overlook some hidden gems in the flood, and we want you to share your spectacular secret finds here.

Clicker Heroes

Until I tragically put my foot through my laptop screen (don’t ask), Cookie Clicker was the bane of my life. I’d been clicking feverishly for weeks, watching my cookie empire expand beneath my fingertips. I had so many auto-clickers that clicking wasn’t even worth my time. I was a cookie gazillionaire. Such power I wielded through such tasty treats. Clicker Heroes takes the clicking concept and applies it to questing for gold, killing monsters and recruiting new heroes. It’s dangerously addictive and you’ll often question why it is you’re even doing this, but it’s free and fun, so who cares?

Grow Home

Unlike the mountains of trailers and hype we got for most of its games, Ubisoft basically farted out Grow Home earlier this year with barely a whisper. Developed by British studio Ubisoft reflections, this is a charming sandbox platformer worthy of the laziest of Sunday afternoons. Playing as BUD, you can grow your own path upwards through a strange alien world, attempting to ride to the stars in ever increasing vertigo-inducing moments.

Crypt of the Necrodancer

Roguelike meet rhythm game. Rhythm game, meet roguelike. If you’ve ever found yourself tapping along to some glorious midi dungeon-stomping tunes, then step forward Crypt of the Necrodancer. All of the movement and attacks in this hardcore roguelike must be to the beat of the music for maximum performance, challenging not just your rhythmic skills but your ability to think ahead and stay calm in overwhelmingly stressful situations.

The Evil Within

Look, I know this is a huge AAA title published by Bethesda, but The Evil Within seemed to come and go quick as a flash. This is Shinji Mikami’s work, the Resident Evil master! It didn’t help that its October launch was quickly crushed beneath a flurry of excellent titles. The Evil Within needed a launch in the first half of the year to really breathe. This is a heck of a good survival horror game, with grisly action and a heavy nod to horror greats.


They can have multi-million dollar budgets or be made by a solo indie dev, but we want to know what great games you think haven't got the attention they deserved. So please clearly state below the game title, genre/type of game, and if you can a little reason why these games have been hogging your time; and are the best kept secrets in gaming!

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07:29 Jun-30-2015

The evil within is a very vast game and the story moves forward fast!
It is also one of the most detailed and best looking games and has the best shadows ever in a game

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07:05 Jun-30-2015

Kholat was a pretty good game for me

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02:30 Jun-30-2015

Ring runner: flight of the sages is definitely underrated... Sure its an indie game, but its one of the best ive ever played. 24+ hour campaign and beautiful story. And ship customization.

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16:45 Jun-29-2015

Trine series,Split Secound,Contagion,Little Inferno and Audio Surf 2.

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02:59 Jun-30-2015

Trine is not underrate, is a very famous saga and awarded.

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09:43 Jun-29-2015

Thomas Was Alone is a really good puzzle platformer that also has an amazing story :) it and Dust: an Elysian Tale would be my picks.

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10:06 Jun-29-2015

Dust is a really good game, I'll have to give Thomas Was Alone a go one if these days ! :-)

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09:40 Jun-29-2015

Try one finger death punch guys. 10$ is a bit steep but the gameplay is damn fun.
2D sidescroller stickman fluid kung-fu fighting, definitely underrated

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23:48 Jun-29-2015

Isn't that the stick game Markiplier has been playing recently?

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09:31 Jun-29-2015

How about Kingdom of Amalur?

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10:07 Jun-29-2015

Definitely!!

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10:37 Jun-29-2015

I saw Totalbiscuit play that one time. It looked good but I always forget to pick it up. I'll have to some time.

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12:47 Jun-29-2015

Yeah, because it was released around the same time when Witcher 2 and Skyrim were very popular.

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08:15 Jun-29-2015

Singularity was a good game...

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02:47 Jun-29-2015

Who needs some broken Batman game anyway? I still haven't even conquered the Wild Hunt yet. Considering I've been basically making my own path through the lands from the very beginning and demolishing any/all quests I come across, without necessarily accounting for how long I've invested...well lets just say I've had girlfriends that didn't last this long :P


Really though, if my playtime is actually accurate it's also quite depressing...14 days, 10 hours, 49 minutes..

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03:57 Jun-29-2015

Wow. I hope I could get that far in The Witcher. I'm happy for you. This game is "the one" then I guess. Hope it turns out well for the both of you. Good share.

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02:07 Jun-29-2015

"among the sleep" was a pretty fun little game

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22:19 Jun-28-2015

Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3. Great Classic RPG. Reminiscent of FF VI. Good music and comedy everywhere.


Antichamber. First person puzzle. Reminiscent of Stanley parable. Gives you choice while giving no choice. Fun brain teaser game.


The Inner World. Classic PC adventure point and click. Cool art style and main character is perfect playing the "straight man".

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12:34 Jun-29-2015

This list is about underrated games, Antichanber, inner world and Stanley Parade have one of the highest ratings.

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23:43 Jun-29-2015

Stanley wasn't one of my recommendations, but high ratings don't mean they aren't underrated. Underrated usually means people don't know about or give them a chance, not that they are literally underrated. I think all 3 don't get the praise they deserve, so I mentioned them. Had more, but hit the character limit lol.

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19:27 Jun-28-2015

R.U.S.E. Came out a few years ago and have been playing it again recently and it is a brilliantly simple and fun to play WW2 strategy game. I think when it came out it sort of slipped under the radar and went by relatively unnoticed while being a great game.

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19:27 Jun-28-2015

Hard Reset was pretty good.

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08:15 Jun-29-2015

Hard Reset was fun, it reminded me of a futuristic Serious Sam :-)


Come to think of it - Serious Sam is an underrated game!

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19:01 Jun-28-2015

For me It is Team Fortress 2 , I think it is underrated despite being a free-to-play game !

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19:34 Jun-28-2015

Everyone on my Steam friends list has played TF2 at some point. I don't know about overrated.

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05:39 Jun-29-2015

I agree that TF2 is a fantastic game but it is far from underrated... It is widely known and popular among gamers...

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12:39 Jun-29-2015

You are joking right?
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Team fortress 2 is one of the most hype and awarded fre2play game in decades.

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18:59 Jun-28-2015

The Penumbra games.


Amnesia gets all of the attention but Penumbra was first (also by Frictional Games) and while the mechanics may not have been quite as refined, Penumbra had the tension and atmosphere in droves, with really interesting places to explore and creatures to frighten the s**t out of you :-)

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19:53 Jun-28-2015

PewDiePie's plaaythrough (back when he played horror games) of Penumbra: Black Plague was my favourite lets play by far! Such a good game!

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18:29 Jun-28-2015

Eh... The Evil Within is a Resident Evil game trying to pretend it's not RE and failing. It also had a lot of technical issues on PC and a 30fps cap. It's not bad but it doesn't deserve to be called "underrated"

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18:06 Jun-28-2015

The Evil Within haven't work cause its was crap, nothing more !

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17:42 Jun-28-2015

Splinter Cell Blacklist, epic espionage :D

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18:51 Jun-28-2015

I'm a huge Splinter Cell fan so I may seem biased here but I totally agree with you, Blacklist was an excellent game - though I don't think I'll ever get over Michael Ironside not being the voice of Sam Fisher any more - but that's just me :-)

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20:59 Jun-28-2015

I'm a huge splinter cell fan too, i think ubisoft kinda redeemed themselves with blacklist. But SC will never be the same as the PS2 ones. I don't even consider Conviction a SC game, was soooo bad, you were forced to kill

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21:01 Jun-28-2015

in the old ones you lose percentage for that. Things they removed and i dont think they'll be back. Michael ironside voice, picklock, hack, cool moves and all that wonderfull stuff like opening doors slowly. etc, etc. So sad :(

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10:08 Jun-29-2015

Pandora Tomorrow will always be my favorite Splinter Cell game - and one of my favorite games of all time :-)

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17:32 Jun-28-2015

I loved Evil Within so much ^^ .. it was one of the best horror titles I had ever played! I really hope Bethesda would come up with something like The Evil Within 2 :D

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17:38 Jun-28-2015

i agree m8 :D

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16:40 Jun-28-2015

The Darkness II. Imaginative combat concept, great art style, and a story that hits you right in the feels...

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17:08 Jun-28-2015

ohh, the darkness 2 is so good m8 &#603 :D
ohhh one of best games
ohhh best m8 :D

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18:52 Jun-28-2015

I wish we could have the first Darkness game on PC too :-(

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