Top 10 Overlooked Xbox 360 Games

There are a lot of great games out there that get overlooked or underappreciated for one reason or another. Whether it is because they are hard to find, got bad reviews, or just came out at a bad time of year, there are a lot of hidden gems out there that deserve to be played. Here is our list, in no particular order, of 10 great Xbox 360 games you probably haven't played. Even better, because these games were mostly considered "flops" when they launched, that means they dropped in price quickly and can be found for an affordable price now so there is no reason not to play them.

Nier

Nier

Square/Enix

Nier isn't a pretty game, but it tells a great story and features some amazing characters. There are some game design problems like having a too-small world to play in and repetitive quests, but the gameplay overall is fun enough and the story is good enough that you'll soldier on. Nier got some bad press because a certain blogger couldn't figure out how to do a fishing quest (which is really easy by the way) and will probably forever be known best by most gamers for that instead of the things it does well. If you actually give it a chance, though, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised with Nier. It is a memorable experience worth playing.

Mini Ninjas

Gameplay from Mini Ninjas

Eidos Interactive

Mini Ninjas is a bit different from other games on this list because it didn't get poor reviews or bad word of mouth that doomed it to be ignored. In fact, it got quite good reviews and people that played it couldn't say enough good things about it. Yet, somehow, most gamers ignored it entirely. Everything about it kind of screams "cute" and is an instant turn off for macho gamers. Mini Ninjas has great, colorful graphics. A fun and often funny story. And great gameplay that is surprisingly varied beyond mere hack and slash that other ninja games offer. Mini Ninjas is great all around.

Culdcept Saga

Game jacket of Culdcept Saga

 Amazon

Culdcept Saga is one of the most surprisingly enjoyable games. There is just something about this strategy-collectible card game that is incredibly addictive and rewarding. It isn’t going to be for everyone due to the investment of time it takes to play and the hardcore nerdiness it usually takes to play any CCG (custom combat gaming), but Culdcept Saga is amazingly fun and well worth checking out.

Lollipop Chainsaw

Gameplay of animated cheerleader from Lollipop Chainsaw
Warner Bros. Interactive

Everything about Lollipop Chainsaw is excellent. The gameplay rewards your combos with points that let you unlock new moves,  music, costumes, etc. There are fun surprising touches and details that show the developers really know their stuff when it comes to zombies (e.g. level names). The character of Juliet is wonderful. The graphics, the humor, the perfectly selected soundtrack, and the nods to all of the zombie-related anime series are just a few reasons that this game should not be passed on. It is just a fun game all around. If you like zombies, hot girls, and stylish action, Lollipop Chainsaw is worth a look.

FUEL

Official poster for FUEL racing game

 Codemasters

FUEL was kind of doomed from the start. First, it was slammed by critics that just plain didn't "get it". Then it got super quick price drops, which gamers equate with failure so they didn't bother even when it was cheap. It also had the misfortune of being a Codemasters racing game that wasn't made by the same studio as DiRT or GRID, so people put expectations on it that it wasn't ever going to be capable of meeting. So, it flopped.

Players that actually gave it a chance found a surprisingly fun game. FUEL features a 5,000 square mile sandbox to drive around in that is filled with varied terrain, tons of vehicle types, and lots of race types. 

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Star Ocean 4 box
Square Enix

Star Ocean: The Last Hope is mostly criticized for a couple of annoying characters and so-so voice acting. And the main character has the brutally stupid name "Edge Maverick." If you can see past these minor faults there is amazingly rewarding and fun real-time combat to be played. A neat story filled with interesting worlds to explore and solid characters that you'll really come to like by the end of the 30 or so hour adventure. The game has great graphics and music too, which certainly doesn't hurt. Give it a try, and ignore how annoying you think Lymle's voice is (you do get used to it) and you just might like it.

Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3

Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 game jacket

Amazon 

 Dynasty Warriors games kind of deserve the bad rap they get.  They're repetitive. They're ugly. They're convoluted. Plug a different franchise into that same gameplay, however, and all of a sudden things get more interesting. The Dynasty Warriors Gundam series lets you hack and slash through thousands of giant robots, which makes it pretty awesome. Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 is the best of the three titles on Xbox 360 as it offers gorgeous cel-shaded graphics, pretty much every Gundam + pilot you'd ever want, and it is really, really, genuinely fun to play. Even if you don't like Dynasty Warriors, give the Gundam games a try.

Wet

Poster for the game Wet by Bethesda

 Amazon

Wet is one of those games that if people would just give it a chance, they'd love it. It does have some semi-serious gameplay issues (loose controls, a bit too much variety for its own good, crazy difficulty spikes) but it manages to be fun in spite of all of these things -- in large part to the fact it looks, sounds, and plays pretty much like "Kill Bill" in video game form. Wet is basically a love letter to both old-school grindhouse movies as well as director Quentin Tarantino. If you like Tarantino's style of cinematography and overall presentation, it is hard not to love Wet. This is another game you can get for dirt cheap.

Afro Samurai

Gameplay of Afro Samuai

Namco Bandai 

Afro Samurai is a ton of fun. The cel-shaded graphics are amazing, the soundtrack is exceptional, the voice acting is perfect, and the gameplay is bloody and fun. It was knocked for having a few too many glitches, difficulty issues, and an awful camera (which has been fixed by a patch) so gamers avoided it. It is a much better game after a couple patches than it was when it launched, so there is no reason not to pick it up. You can find it in bargain bins everywhere.

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection

Gameplay of Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williamson Collection

FarSight Sudios

 

It might sound goofy to play pinball in a video game, but Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection is the best video game pinball collection ever. From the makers of the more popular Pinball Arcade, it offers 13 classic pinball tables that look, sound, and play exactly like they do in real life. It's such a simple concept, but it's executed so flawlessly here that it is one of those games you want to shout from the rooftops to try and get more people to experience it. This is one of those games where you have either played it and loved it, or you've probably never heard of it. Now you've heard of it. And you can buy it for super cheap these days, too.