Many games do not get the attention they deserve when they are released. Various factors contribute to this, but finding an underrated gem is usually an interesting experience. Below are a few games you may have missed but which you should check out.
The best underrated games to play today
Sleeping Dogs (2012)
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Players enter a beautifully crafted open world in Hong Kong in Sleeping Dogs, a spiritual sequel to True Crime. Aside from its Hong Kong setting, the game also differs from other open-world games with its martial arts, which the Arkham series popularized. Sleeping Dogs is a gift from god to anyone who was not aware of the popularity of the open world genre today and what a diamond this game is.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2021)
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The Guardians of the Galaxy were doomed not to get the attention they deserved. Its publisher, Square Enix, also released Marvel’s Avengers, a game that did not fare well, and it seemed that all the bad Avengers press had hurt Guardians of the Galaxy. Although it received high ratings and achieved the coveted Games of the Year 2021 from the professional game guide staff, it has generally gone unnoticed. It has a great soundtrack, fun tactical combat and a story worth writing about.
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Dragon’s Dogma (2012)
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Dragon’s Dogma is an action role-playing game set in a high fantasy environment. Even before the term Souls-like was invented, Dragon’s Dogma offered a similar experience as Dark Souls. Despite this, the story was bland and lackluster, which deterred many players. Dragon’s Dogma was also very difficult but fun to play, which would compensate for its flawed story.
Sherlock Holmes Chapter One (2021)
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The fact that such a mysterious detective game was released without warning is a shame. Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes Chapter One tells the origin story of the character in many games made by the studio. There are many cases with multiple outcomes, puzzles and mysteries. Maybe it’s because Sherlock Holmes was not doing enough marketing, or because society was burnt out. Either way, if you’re a fan of mysteries or Sherlock Holmes, you should get Sherlock Holmes Chapter One.
The action role-playing game Vampire takes place in 1919. The main character is a doctor who has just been transformed into a vampire and must now try to keep the hunger at bay while helping the living. You can only get stronger by feeding on other characters. The characters in the game world are all unique and you can sacrifice most of them to make your character stronger. Despite its relatively low production values, it is captivating due to its supernatural abilities and atmospheric offerings of London.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (2015)
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With Ubisoft’s annual Assassin’s Creed releases and the devastated state of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, fans got tired of the franchise. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate came out after Unity and was polished, funny and actually had a really interesting story. This stealth action game takes players back to the industrial revolution in London and focuses on twin killers with two different playing styles. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was an improvement over Unity in many ways, but it still carried Unity’s shadow. Ubisoft eventually changed the entire series’ formula, but Syndicate deserved to be much more popular.
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