Hidden gem game recommendations



  • Tokyo Jungle. If your PS3 is still hooked up and you haven't played it, I can't stress just how great it is. Sure, it's a little ugly, and the two-player is horrifically broken, but man... There's just no other game like it. You play as animals trying to survive in a post-human, decaying, side-scrolling Tokyo. Fight, eat, breed. Unlock new animals and buff items. It's all about tight gameplay and progression. Cost me 99 cents on a PSN flash sale, and I sunk over 100 hours into. Best gaming value ever!



  • @Ellis I thought Blinding of Isaac was really cool as well but the art direction just kinda rubbed me the wrong way. I wonder if you're friends might have felt the same. A similar game that I ended up really enjoying was Enter the Gungeon, have you gotten to try that one?



  • @TheMarcV said in Hidden gem game recommendations:

    @Ellis I thought Blinding of Isaac was really cool as well but the art direction just kinda rubbed me the wrong way. I wonder if you're friends might have felt the same. A similar game that I ended up really enjoying was Enter the Gungeon, have you gotten to try that one?

    I have not to be honest. I watched jim sterlings video review of it. He talked about how he liked the art style of that one, everything was bullet and ammo based. He praised it, and it takes alot for him to praise a game haha. I will have to have a look



  • @Ellis
    If you fancy an LP from a dedicated fan, Something Awful forum member Xaiter has a great set of videos on it, a couple of the goons did real work in digging around the code and working out many of the game's idiosyncrasies.

    Youtube Video



  • @flower_arrangement I will have a look, thank you mate. I used to watch northernlions play through videos but he was more concerned about keeping up his win counter then trying to finding out new things in the game.



  • Echochrome rates in my top 3 all time puzzle game list, and even when it was on PSPlus I never saw/see people talk about it. 100% worth checking out if you haven't.



  • There's this game on steam called "Before the Echo" (though I usually just call it Sequence since that's what it was called when I played it, not sure why the name changed) that I got years ago in a steam sale and figured "eh, this might be okay." Instead I got a really, really solid rhythm/RPG game that mixed the two genres excellently. If I had any complaints it would be that it could have used more songs to play against mobs and the like but the ones it did have were a blast. I just looked it up and it's dirt cheap right now due to the summer sale so I say you should definitely buy it.

    Another great game is "Cleopatra Fortune" which I only know about because of an arcade game collection on the PS2 that was dirt cheap at the secondhand shop. Really cool game, not sure how to properly describe it so just watch some footage from youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDxqNEwcwiA

    Last game I want to highlight is one you might have heard of since Kyle did a video about it back in the GT days, but "Gitaroo Man" is seriously one of the best rhythm games ever (in my opinion) if not the best. Definitely an underrated game that deserves more love.



  • Bruce Lee for Game Boy Advance. Great action platformer. Not exactly hidden, but deserves as much attention as it can get, Power Stone games.



  • Stretch Panic! So many people sleep on this game! It might be one of the most creative games on PS2, it's certainly the most creative Boss-Rush game I've ever seen. It's not stated explicitly (or at all) in the game (the whole story is in the manual, and only the manual), but you play as an orphan named Linda who has a whole bunch of vain sisters. Basically demons of vanity possess your sisters turning them in to warped versions of their perfect beauty (i.e the one who loves space turns into a satellite, the one who loves horror movies turns into an ax murderer, the one who loves science turns into a mad scientist with a giant mech.). And then you've got to go and exorcise all these demons with the help of the demon who possessed your scarf because you weren't vain enough to get possessed yourself. With the scarf you can literally stretch the world (and your sisters and big boob girls). Basically this game is insane. But, it's also really fun and well designed (and the soundtrack is rad).
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  • @matt HECK YES ! loved that game, I would love to play it again (on the proper console), unfotunately my GBA broke



  • Game is over 5 years old but I LOVED Recettear: An Item Shop Tale. For those of you that haven't heard of it (which is 95% of people it seems), it's a simple RPG where you are the item shop keeper like you would see in 16-bit JRPGs. You can go questing to find items and then you go back to your shop and sell the items to other adventures.

    Best of all as of today 6/23 it's 75% off on the Steam Summer sale:

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/70400/



  • @Demmue said in Hidden gem game recommendations:

    Game is over 5 years old but I LOVED Recettear: An Item Shop Tale. For those of you that haven't heard of it (which is 95% of people it seems), it's a simple RPG where you are the item shop keeper like you would see in 16-bit JRPGs. You can go questing to find items and then you go back to your shop and sell the items to other adventures.

    Best of all as of today 6/23 it's 75% off on the Steam Summer sale:

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/70400/

    SOLD



  • One of the best Playstation games, and one of Squares best games, lemme tell you about Einhander. You like scrolling shoot em ups? You like music that stays in your head for days? Cool and inventive stages with a focus on racking up huge score bonuses while grabbing gun parts off of enemies is seriously good game design for the time. Track down this game. Emulate it if you gotta. Remember playing this every day after school and having a blast. Almost never seen a soul on the internet talk about this game and its one of my favorites.



  • @Tommynaut21 said in Hidden gem game recommendations:

    One of the best Playstation games, and one of Squares best games, lemme tell you about Einhander. You like scrolling shoot em ups? You like music that stays in your head for days? Cool and inventive stages with a focus on racking up huge score bonuses while grabbing gun parts off of enemies is seriously good game design for the time. Track down this game. Emulate it if you gotta. Remember playing this every day after school and having a blast. Almost never seen a soul on the internet talk about this game and its one of my favorites.

    You have found a fellow Einhanderian my good ally! My roommate had this game and I got hooked on it for a week, playing nothing else. I was obsessed with it and managed to get the' red/magenta(?) fighter with OP stats. I'll always hate you gorilla-robot boss.

    PS - Dat boss music :musical_note:

    Edit: OP fighter is called Selene



  • @Mechanoid Music is seriously incredible. Games so short that I would probably beat it every week of my 3rd grade year. Square was really on fire during the PS1 era. Every game that put out was the game to get at the time



  • @Tommynaut21 Square used to be pretty special... bummed. sigh



  • Xenogears!
    I know a lot of people know it, but I don't hear a lot of people talking about it anymore. It's long and weird, but it's got such a great soundtrack and I love the mech battles.

    Vagrant Story, as someone else mentioned, is an under appreciated Square Enix game.



  • @Inustar I'd LOVE for a remake of Xenogears with a completed Disc 2. Dreams can happen sometimes



  • SINGULARITY

    It is the DEFINITION of hidden gem, it flew way under the radar and deserves so much credit. Cool mechanics, great gameplay, and really interesting storyline with time travel shenanigans. If you like linear first person shooters, it is a romp every step of the way with awesome guns and some nice twists along the way.



  • @Mechanoid I feel like they are slowly making a comeback. Dragon Quest is coming to the west, maybe not as fast as one could hope but its happening one way or another. They are greenlighting stuff like Nier Automata which no one in their right mind would be like "yeah thats a good idea" and their final fantasy output is better than its been in a long time. 15 looks like itll be good, and World of Final Fantasy looks like it could go down as one of the greats. I am Setsuna looks super comfy as well. They just really need to take a deep dive into their old IP and bring some back or just go all out and make some new interesting titles.