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The People Speak: Under-Appreciated

Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 17:45:23 Eastern by
Last Monday, I asked the forums what game they thought was the best under-appreciated game of the year. All of us at GR keep our ears to the ground in order to recommend all the best titles to you dear readers, but there's just so much out there!

Luckily, we have The People Speak, an (more frequent) opportunity for you to get on the front page and tell the world what you think about each week's topic. Seriously, register, log on, find "The People Speak" in the forum and add to the discussion!

I played far too many games this year to have any sense of what was and wasn't recognized, so I had to lean on our community for that information.

Kijan let us all know about "Epic Battle Fantasy 3" (links to Newgrounds.com), a Flash game that needs more recognition.

This sentiment was echoed by MattAY who also suggested Price of Persia: The Forgotten Sands which "was the same gameplay as the original Sands of Time trilogy, but with a great addition of freezing water. Apart from it being a little easy, and the combat being a tad stale, I can't think of any other flaws it would have. I'm guessing the disappointment of the PoP (2008) not being continued didn't help that one much. Plus, the film ruined the game as usual."

Damn those movies! Always taking attention from perfectly okay games!

UghRochester did his bad-boy thing and broke all the rules by suggesting a game that came out two years ago. According to Ugh, Shadow Assault/Tenchu (links to Xbox.com) was fairly decent for puzzle-solving.

HK-47 wants everyone to know that Etrian Odyssey III was "by far the most accessible and balanced of the three and it hardly got any attention. But then again, it was made by Atlus."

Once we get all of our forum members to play by the rules and suggest a game that was actually made this year and that you may have actually heard of, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West sifts to the top of the stack getting recommendations from used44 and LinksOcarina.

used44 said that Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was "the best action game of the year, and a very under-appreciated title. Not only was the gameplay tight, the characters and story were absolutely top notch. I would often have Monkey carry Trip on his back just because I thought it was sweet. There aren't a lot of recent games, big or small, that create those sort of connections between player and characters."

GR's own Nick Tan gave Enslaved a 'B', in case you were wondering.

TPS will return two weeks from today with a brand new topic. Thanks to everyone who contributed this week. While I'm busy with finals, I'll leave you readers with a doozy:

The People Speak: Game of the Year will be open for commentary all this week and next, so hop on to our forums and throw your two cents around. You might land here on the front page!
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