Sarah (valentinite) wrote,

video game meme - 3 - underrated game

First, for the RPers, my HMD meme thread.

And this isn't that long, so no cut.

Day 3 - A game that is underrated

I love a lot of games that are obscure, old, niche, or just plain underplayed, but underrated? That's a bit of a puzzle. Most of the games I've liked have gotten a fair shake in the press/blogosphere/whatever.

I think I'll go with a game and a series from an indie developer that I spent a lot of time playing at the end of college and through grad school: Nethergate (link goes to the updated version that will run on modern machines; I actually like the original better for some finicky gameplay reasons and nostalgia), but it's a great game. As is their Avernum series, although I've only played the first three of those. I sort of stopped hanging on every game they came out with when I bought my PS2, and that's kind of a shame.

They're old-school dungeon-crawler RPGs, with a party you pretty much come up with on your own, although Nethergate adds some significant limits to your more generic D&D-style smörgåsbord. They were coming out when everything was moving to stories where all the protagonists had stories, rather than just the world. Voice acting and graphics have taken some freedom away; usually I don't mind, but this game is a nice reminder that freedom can be rewarded. They're BIG games -- the world is huge, full of little things, and in all of them you end up playing a bunch of semi-nobodies who get Swept Up in a massive story and the focus is on the epic.

The rest of the days:
Day 1 - Very first video game.
Day 2 - Your favorite character.
Day 3 - A game that is underrated.
Day 4 - Your guilty pleasure game.
Day 5 - Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).
Day 6 - Most annoying character.
Day 7 - Favorite game couple.
Day 8 - Best soundtrack.
Day 9 - Saddest game scene.
Day 10 - Best gameplay.
Day 11 - Gaming system of choice.
Day 12 - A game everyone should play.
Day 13 - A game you’ve played more than five times.
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.
Day 15 - Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now.
Day 16 - Game with the best cut scenes.
Day 17 - Favorite antagonist.
Day 18 - Favorite protagonist.
Day 19 - Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in.
Day 20 - Favorite genre.
Day 21 - Game with the best story.
Day 22 - A game sequel which disappointed you.
Day 23 - Game you think had the best graphics or art style.
Day 24 - Favorite classic game.
Day 25 - A game you plan on playing.
Day 26 - Best voice acting.
Day 27 - Most epic scene ever.
Day 28 - Favorite game developer.
Day 29 - A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Day 30 - Your favorite game of all time.
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