Up For Debate - What Are Some of your Favourite Overlooked Games?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, May 14, 2017 2:00 PM
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We’ve now approached a time wherein there are a couple of dozen new Steam releases each and every day. There’s no possible way this quantity of games can be covered in anything approaching a comprehensive fashion. Now, more than ever, great games can slip through the cracks, overshadowed by the other titles which all too quickly shunt them down the New Releases column and off the front page forever.

Truly, we have never been blessed with more games. It’s glorious. Whatever your tastes, whatever you feel like at that particular moment, there’s always something you haven’t played that could be your next favourite game. It’s actually finding them that’s the problem though, panning through the dirt in the hunt for the next shiny gold nugget.

With so many games out there now, the best people to find them are us, the gamers. I thought it would be neat if we could each highlight some unsung gems. The more obscure, the better. Shedding a little more light onto some games which perhaps haven’t received the attention they deserve.

I’ve got a couple I’d like to highlight. The first one’s Train Valley, an unassuming little puzzle strategy game about building tracks and directing trains to the right stations. It starts off simply enough, but before long it becomes an exercise in zen-like organisational skills and impeccable timekeeping. For the £5 I spent on it, I didn’t expect to be playing it 12 hours later. It’s not a huge game, but there’s a decent amount of varied content which makes it a game worth playing for puzzle fans. It’s also done enough to warrant a sequel, pleasingly, and the gorgeous Train Valley 2 should be out in Q1 2018.

Secondly a shout out to Orwell, which in truth has garnered a decent sized audience in the months since its launch. You play as a government investigator in an Orwellian society, spying on the citizens an effort to determine who is behind a string of bombings in the fictional city. You can snoop through Facebook profiles, listen to phone calls, and click through a bunch of fake websites, harvesting information on the civilians you’re profiling. Seemingly simple on the surface, there’s some tricky decision making to be had which presents an interesting take on the morality of surveillance, even if it is a bit on the nose.

Over to you now then, what do you think are some of the most overlooked games on Steam? Any gems which absolutely no one seems to be playing? Let us know!

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15:36 May-15-2017

Uplink, the best cyberpunk hacker simulator

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14:08 May-15-2017

I found a little indie game named "Dex" that did cyberpunk so right despite feeling somewhat unfinished towards the end...also there's "Primordia" and, to a lesser extent "Gemini Rue" or "The Swapper". That's just from the top of my head though...I could probably think of others...

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13:30 May-15-2017

Oxenfree. the writing is amazing, both as a story and in dialogues. This is further elevated by great VO. Artstyle is also fantastic.

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13:23 May-15-2017

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series especially storm 4. i feel GD could have given more info and posts abt this game. Storm 4 is especially a visual treat for a fighting genre game and (with the 60fps support which other storm games lacked made it better). but the 60fps fix came through a DLC for which many hated the devs. still it's a good game.

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13:31 May-15-2017

GD should post articles on more Japanese games. i hope to see benchmark posts on FFXV when it's out for PC ofc. most probably FFXV is indeed coming for pc based on how many info we got abt it and also the recent one where it was running on an GTX 1080ti rig in GDC.

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07:11 May-15-2017

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway

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04:25 May-15-2017

There are a lot but these are on my list:


Dark Star, Dark Void, Dark Sector, Spec Ops: The Line, Bioshock 2, Inversion, Binary Domain, TimeShift, Singularity, Bionic Commando, Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, The Saboteur, Alpha Protocol (HAD HUGE POTENTIAL!), Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, Rouge Trooper and my favorite game of all time... FRONT MISSION 3 (its a PSone game and now on PSone emulator for PC) !!!

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08:32 May-15-2017

start with Spec ops: the line and Warhammer: Space Marine, then maybe a little Singularity for a change of atmosphere

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03:02 May-15-2017

Dark sector, game had a new a very genuine gameplay.

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01:16 May-15-2017

The First Templar, Trine and LEGO series, extremely fun when playing couch-coop, best fun since the N64 days

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01:08 May-15-2017

What If Adventure Time Was A Video Game (And It's Perverted Because It's Anime)


Solid gameplay. Combat's repetitive at first but once you get certain swords and abilities, different combos open up and it makes combat pretty fun. It has a metric sht-ton of hentai in it but an option appears at the beginning screen to enable a SFW version. That way you don't look like a pervert. If you are pervy, then... don't enable SFW version...

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21:34 May-14-2017

Our Darker Purpose is my favorite. A Rogue-lite indie game that's BoI with more difficulty and an interesting story to find through secrets.

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21:09 May-14-2017

ive read overclocked...

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11:20 May-15-2017

I did too...

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20:57 May-14-2017

Grim Dawn! I don't care for Path of Exile's loot system, the camera is way too zoomed in, and I feel like characters can be quickly made obsolete by patches. Grim Dawn is cheap, fun, loot filled, and is getting a true expansion soon!

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20:59 May-14-2017

Also MechWarrior Online, because it allows newbies to get the mech of their dreams in a few hours thanks to cash bonuses! 12 vs 12 PvP combat galore!

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20:18 May-14-2017

Singularity

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19:44 May-14-2017

Prince of Persia 3D.
Heavenly Sword.
Golden Axe
Hexyz Force


Those are a few that come to mind right now, but there are many more that I can't think of.

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18:14 May-14-2017

Alan Wake, Really loved that game! (It's on sale right now btw 90% off)

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19:27 May-14-2017

Ahhh, I still need to play that. I've got it and the DLC in my Steam library, even have them installed...just haven't gotten around to playing them.

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05:20 May-15-2017

Probably it will be removed from online stores due to music licencing. Get it before its gone.

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18:11 May-14-2017

Easiest game ever made - Dwarf fortress

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18:15 May-14-2017

Was gonna say DF as well, but advertising it as 'easy' is just evil haha

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18:22 May-14-2017

I don't think DF is overlooked as much as it's extremely punishing to every new player, and even long time players as well.

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18:36 May-14-2017

Thats why the motto of this game is 'loosing is fun'

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18:06 May-14-2017

I really enjoyed Jagged Alliance Back in Action and Crossfire. I still play them occasionally to this day.
Great and fun games.

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17:48 May-14-2017

Darkest of Days. Amazing game, but sadly only playable on Nvidia graphics cards (Physx and stuff like that don't allow it to run on Amd cards)

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17:13 May-14-2017

One that comes to mind is Area 51: Blacksite - a PC sequel that seemed to get no attention but was super fun.

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17:03 May-14-2017

Tower Unite, though still in an early access state, is wonderful.

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