The video game industry is riddled with titles that never really broke through into the mainstream, or perhaps attracted some attention but then fizzled out quickly.
Some of these games, frankly, just aren’t that good, which is why they never caught on, but there are plenty of high-quality games that are not as popular as they should be.
Sometimes it was down to a lack of marketing, while in other instances the game wasn’t appreciated when it was first released, but then became popular several years later. Some unknown titles have had player walkthroughs specifically created for games like Rust.
Here, we’re going to run down 10 underrated games that should have far larger followings than they currently do.
Survival horror has struggled to truly break into the mainstream over the years, but it isn’t through a lack of quality.
Most players prefer to be able to defend themselves from enemies when playing a video game, which is part of the reason survival-horror titles like Outlast weren’t commercial hits.
Outlast has players take the role of a journalist investigating an abandoned (or so it seems) psychiatric hospital, armed with just a video camera.
With an incredibly unnerving atmosphere and deep lore to be uncovered throughout the game, Outlast is not for the fainthearted but is a standout piece of horror.
Sticking with the survival theme, indie game Subnauticaisn’t an out-and-out horror but the title certainly has some terrifying elements.
Set on an ocean planet, you play as the sole survivor of a spaceship crash and must gather resources and explore in order to find a way back home.
Subnauticamay does not have the flashiest graphics, but it is set in a dense and rich world, with countless surprises along the way. Though it has a cult following, the game deserves a much bigger fan base than it originally built.
Mirror’s Edge (2008)
When Mirror’s Edge burst onto the scene in 2008, there was nothing else like it. Set in a futuristic world, the aim of the game was to deliver messages while steering clear of government officials and agents, who had eyes everywhere.
At first glance this might not sound too exciting, however, Mirror’s Edge had a unique game design and its parkour dynamics and movement set it apart from anything else.
Unfortunately, the game was received with mixed reviews and was unable to launch a successful franchise.
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Bioshock 2 (2010)
The first Bioshock title was somewhat of a phenomenon, with its unique setting and gut-wrenching twist shocking players and causing its popularity to spread like wildfire.
So, when its sequel launched in 2010, it came with lofty expectations, which many people feel it failed to reach. With a slow start and similar feel to the original, players and reviewers were not as hot on Bioshock 2.
However, it remains an excellent game and worthy of standing alongside other titles in the Bioshock franchise.
The Evil Within 2 (2017)
Another sequel here, but this time the second installment was a huge improvement on the original game.
Director Shinji Mikami had built a name for himself by producing the brilliant Resident Evil 4, but his follow-up – The Evil Within – was not so impressive.
However, its sequel was completely bonkers and utterly brilliant, yet failed to conjure up much of a following, perhaps because of the lukewarm reception from the first game.
Titanfall 2 (2016)
Despite being one of the best first-person shooters of the 2010s, Titanfall 2 did not become the hit it should have. This was in large part down to its release date – the game was sandwiched between the releases of Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Since then, however, many fans have discovered Titanfall’s terrific single-player campaign and multiplayer offerings.
No Man’s Sky (2016)
When No Man’s Sky first launched, there was a lot of excitement about the game given some innovative marketing and enticing promises. The product released was disappointing, though, with a fairly empty experience and not much to offer.
Since then, however, developer Hello Games has consistently added new features such as multiplayer and base-building. These additions have helped flesh the game out and become an immersive and engaging journey.
Sadly, not many people have kept up with the updates since the game’s launch, meaning it’s not as popular as it should be.
Spec Ops: The Line (2012)
This military shooter stood out from any other title in the genre for one reason: it didn’t glorify war. In fact, Spec Ops: The Line goes out of its way to portray the horrors of war as accurately as possible.
This is perhaps why the game didn’t perform as well as hoped; players could not engage with the heavy themes and tone, despite it being an excellent game.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Tied in with the Sam Raimi movie, this open-world superhero game was heaps of fun and genuinely made you feel like Spider-Man as you swung through the streets of New York stopping crime and fighting villains.
Reviewers couldn’t get on board with the game, though, and it didn’t get the acclaim it perhaps deserved
The titles above are just some of the games that should have much larger fanbases than they door did at the time of their release. Just because a game doesn’t have the best reviews or huge numbers of players, doesn’t mean it’s not worth playing.