Some games just seem to stick with you for a very long time. Others get lost in our memory banks for a variety of reasons.

Maybe new installments and sequels made us forget about the original, or perhaps a new sort of corporate drama glossed over the accomplishments of an innovative IP ('cough' L.A. Noire 'cough'). Whatever the reason, there are some games that, despite critical acclaim and relative popularity around the time of the title's launch, may be in danger of being forgotten.

5. Valkyria Chronicles

The critics told everyone to support it and eventually, many gamers did. Much of that support came after a Western re-release many months after the original launch, but that's okay. The only problem is that the sequel went to the PSP, thereby derailing any franchise hype the original may have started. Check around, though: there's a staunch, ardent following that will defend VC to the absolute death. We just wish more people would remember it with such fondness.

4. Flower

You know, we're willing to bet that a lot of you still have this game on your PS3, but you've forgotten it's there. For some reason, this happens. It's almost too laid back to be remembered and sadly, nobody really talks about this game anymore. But for our money, it's still the best stress reliever and virtual relaxer out there. It crosses age boundaries, lights up our minds with color and fluidity, and helps us face a new day. …no, damnit, I'm not exaggerating.

3. Assassin's Creed

Forget the debate about whether or not Ubisoft is hurting the massively popular franchise by churning out annual installments. And forget all the naysayers who say the original just wasn't very good. That's crap. While it's certainly true that follow-up entries were better, the first title laid the framework; it was an amazing foundation for the future, as impressed gamers spotted all sorts of next-gen features and elements that would blossom with time. Worthy of remembering!

2. LittleBigPlanet

The sequel expanded and improved upon the original winning formula, similar to what happened with Assassin's Creed . But what Media Molecule and LBP accomplished initially remains one of the greatest feats of the generation; there's just no denying it. With a combination of unbelievable usage of the PS3's architecture and a user-friendly community that encouraged imaginative creation and experimentation, this is an enduring winner. Innovation like this should never be forgotten.

1. L.A. Noire

It's downright tragic what happened to developer Team Bondi, all the more so because they put out one of the most important games of the generation. From the MotionScan tech that allowed us to see game actors in a whole new way to a mystery-based gameplay crossed with GTA…it was just stellar. The problem is that with all the huge AAA titles hitting store shelves this holiday season, and the aforementioned Team Bondi drama, nobody is talking about this game anymore.

In fact, if you ask people to name their favorite games of 2011, a great many will make up a list and forget L.A. Noire . Then you'll remind them and they'll go, "oh yeah, I forgot. Damn that game was great !" Indeed it was, indeed it was. Let's just hope Rockstar brings the MotionScan tech and a lot of the amazing ideas Team Bondi had to another talented team.

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Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

I'll be damned if Valkyria Chronicles isn't one of the best strategy games I've ever played. The twists they kept throwing at you and the hard core strategy was a perfect match. And the style was great too.

As for Flower… That's just a piece of software for non-gamer hippies.

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
10 years ago

lol I'm with you. I actually got frustrated playing Flower :). I just didn't get it.

I'm all for the LBP love, though! Everyone needs to experience that game.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

I liked Flower, & I also liked Flow too.

So then, what, that would make me a double non-gaming hippie????

Underdog15
Underdog15
10 years ago

This after mocking people who diss CoD. lol…. hypocrites.

But here's the real truth…

Oh tride and true gamer…. thy preferences know no bounds!

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
10 years ago

I will never forget these games and will promote them to friends and faceless people on the internet alike! Each one holds a special place for me for the following reasons:

Valkyria Chronicles: Just simply awesome. Makes you genuinely care about the soldiers in your army. If a soldier died it was so hard for me to decide to continue with the story or to reload.

Flower: The perfect Zen game. Some people like to smash faces when they're angry. I like to float around in a sea of flower petals!

Assassin's Creed: Immersive.

LittleBigPlanet: The creation possibilities are endless with this game. I always think I know how to use the level editor fairly well until I play some of the higher rated levels. I also think this game brought side scrolling to the next generation as a major release.

L.A. Noire: The motion capture is just awesome. Really makes you feel like a detective.

Oh and by the way it's 2011 now. You've said 2012 in the comments section from the FF is dead article too 😉


Last edited by ZenChichiri on 11/29/2011 10:00:21 PM

Shams
Shams
10 years ago

Darksiders is another game that comes to my mind. I never played a Zelda (blasphemy, I know), and from what I've heard from those who have, this was the closest thing to it on the non-Nintendo platforms. And perhaps that was the reason why I was so fond of it. Exploration, tight and visceral action, epic boss battles, clever puzzles, variety in locales: this game almost had it all. Even David Jaffe suggested if he were to do another GOW, it would probably be more like Darksiders. And you know what? I'd welcome that.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Dark Siders might have its similarities but it is no way a substitute for the real thing. From what I have played of Dark Siders, it's just bad in my opinion. Zelda is the real deal. It really is a game that makes owning Nintendo hardware worth it.


Last edited by Jawknee on 11/29/2011 10:20:56 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Darksiders: Order a new replacement Square button for your controller right away.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
10 years ago

I think what Shams is saying Jawknee is that Darksiders has a hint of Zelda. Not that it replaces it or does anything better. I can see the similarities but at the same time obviously they are different games. Darksiders has a side of Zelda, but nothing would ever replace it!

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Yea but that side of it isn't even that good. I really don't understand why people liked that game. As World said, it's a button masher to the extreme and it really didn't even do the Zeldaish or God of Warish stuff well. Not to mention the lame art style and character designs. It reminds me of those lame image comics from the 90's meets Onslaught from X-Men. I mean if anyone is going to use Dark Siders to get a Zelda lite game on non-Nintendo consoles, they are doing themselves a great disservice.

IMHO.

And really Shams, how have you not played a single Zelda game? Haha, we're close to the same age and I assume we have been gaming about the same amount of time. It's pretty amazing to me that some one of your generation never visited Hyrule at least once.


Last edited by Jawknee on 11/30/2011 12:29:04 AM

Shams
Shams
10 years ago

Phew, tough crowd.

After NES, I never had a Nintendo console. Not because I was deterred by it, but just because at that age I had no purchasing power of my own. And so the only games I had for it were the ones that came with it: Mario and duckhunt. Games were expensive back then ($50 but consider the value of the dollar back then), so my father allowed rentals, but no purchases. My dad eventually got me a Sega Genesis, and got me a couple games, too. After that, a playstation. I was old enough to work then, so i got myself quite a few games (wipeout, wipeout xl, ff7, tekken 3). Then I got meself a playstation 2. Finally a ps3.

I had a similar impression of Dark Siders as you and World. I gave the game a chance, it opened up, and I was pleasantly surprised. Huge horseback boss battles, portal levels are just some of the surprises.

Spanky
Spanky
10 years ago

I bought a cube just to play Chibi-Robo… 🙂

JDC80
JDC80
10 years ago

I still get a kick out of throwing guards off roof tops in Assassin's Creed 1 and I used my one free game in that PSN welcome back to get "Little Big Planet" loved it and the music is catchy.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
10 years ago

I forget every game after say a year or two. I cant even remember the first game I played on my Ps3. It might of been call of duty 3 or resistance.

Underdog15
Underdog15
10 years ago

I remember mine. It was Resistance: Fall of Man.

I got mine on release day.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

AC1 bored me to tears. So much so it took me awhile to even get around to playing AC2. The sequel was much improved outside of some annoying screen tearing that popped up from time to time.

I don't think LA Noire will be forgotten. It did manage to sell over 4 million copies. Pretty impressive for a new IP. As for what happened to Team Bondi…yes very tragic. Goes to show if you do not treat people fairly and alienate your publisher things can go to hell pretty quickly.

Peace Walker would be on my list. It never got much attention it seems. Sadly no review for it on this site. 🙁 It's a great game. A must have for MGS fans. Don't forget it is part of MGS HD collection now so there is really no excuse for not haviing played it.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Same. I hated AC1. AC2 was better but it too got boring. I at least was able to finish it though. L.A. Noire is a cool game but like the other Rockstar games, it gets tedious and well, ultimately boring.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I could at least see why people loved AC2 even if I couldn't, AC1 was like Chinese water torture but slightly less exciting.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
10 years ago

Yea LA Noire was just too repetitive.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
10 years ago

I couldn't finish LA Noire. I always think about putting it in then I remember why I stopped playing it. I gotta give it to the motion scan, I mean I gotta give credit where it's due. But I felt like I was solving the same crimes over and over, getting a pat on the back solving more then I got demoted and gave up. Doesn't mean it's a bad game though, it just didn't do enough to keep me interested.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

There's a very good reason you SEEM to be solving the same cases over and over, it's all tied into a single story line that tightens up toward the end. I won't give any more away than that.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

Yeah, playing AC1 was a bit like Chinese water torture. I think the naysayers got it right on that one. It's just not very good at all.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
10 years ago

I know it all ties together at the end there's very many hints of that. But it's too tedious. To me LA Noire is like doing the dishes over and over. You get to a point where your like "seriously there's still more of these bowls"? That's all I'm saying. Maybe not for everyone though, just for me.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I say don't forget Homefront, it came up short in many ways, but it was a great starting point with a lot of potential that will return in a big way with the legendary support of Crytek behind it.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
10 years ago

100% agree. I hope it will turn into the franchise it should be with Crytek behind it.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

Yes, I very much enjoyed the whole concept of Homefront.

And as much as I hated to see Kaos disbanded, I have high hopes on Crytek improving it & keeping the franchise fresh & moving forward into the next gen.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
10 years ago

I'd throw 3D Dot Game Heroes on that list.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I keep forgetting to go back and try to beat that fire temple. it just irritated me so much.

Underdog15
Underdog15
10 years ago

Good retro experience. V. challenging to beat it in Spelunker mode.

I'm proud to say, I have indeed bested it! (And scored platinum!)

La_Bete12
La_Bete12
10 years ago

Hey Ben, in the last paragraph don't you mean the "their favorite games of *2011"?

Bandit1
Bandit1
10 years ago

L.A. Noire is amazing. I finished the story awhile ago and just came back to it today actually, to play some of the DLC cases. I also get the feeling that people might forget about it, but I hope not, it should be nominated for some game of the year awards. I hope Rockstar takes the IP from Team Bondi and makes a sequel. I'd love to see one in New York.

Bjorn77
Bjorn77
10 years ago

Darksiders… that game is so good. Yet so little people played it.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
10 years ago

Problem I have with LA Noire is its short, then when you look at the DLC you see why, if the DLC was originally with the game it would be a good package without it, its just lacking.

My choice for this would be Catherine, it was such a suprise and joy. I never thought I would be able to enjoy a puzzle game so much. Another title would be Siren Blood Curse. In the UK all the episodes were released on a disc. The game puts you through many tense situations, a horror game replicating some aspects of hide and seek from Metal Gear, worth checking out at a fair price.

As for Assassins Creed, It's a series I need to get back into, I have brotherhood, but I just lost interest due to other things, same with Dead Space 2.

I was also interested in Valkyria Chronicles, but with the news that the 3rd game might not even make it across shores, I am hesitant, if the 3rd game escapes Japan, I will give the series my time.


Last edited by Vivi_Gamer on 11/30/2011 2:27:06 AM

___________
___________
10 years ago

15+ hours for a linear game is short?
go play SR3, a 10 hour open world game!
LA Noire was perfectly lengthed.
actually took longer to finish that then it did mafia 2, and i dont hear anyone complaining that was too short.


Last edited by ___________ on 11/30/2011 4:59:32 AM

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
10 years ago

When you look at the all the DLC and see how it is just as long as the actual game, I think it shows how lacking the game was. I liked the game, dont get me wrong, but all the DLC should have been in the game originally.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

L.A. Noire was NOT short.

D1g1tal5torm
D1g1tal5torm
10 years ago

Always enjoyed Motorstorm the launch title which showcased the initial power of the ps3.

___________
___________
10 years ago

its really tragic with what happened to all of LA Noire, not just the dev team!
the game had SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much potential, let down by lazy developers and play it safe mechanics.
i remember in a interview they mentioned cut DLC, there was suppose to be 4 more full desks that were cut from the final game due to not enough time to finish them.
could of been DLC, but then the floor got yanked from underneath them and they went bankrupt.
though what was mostly disappointing about the game was the detective part.
they wanted to make it every case you have several suspects and you have to charge one of them, and sometimes its not exactly obvious who is guilty and who is not, you need to know which evidence is accurate and believable and which is not as reliable.
so why dident they?
they caved in, doing that, having a oh you arrested the wrong person so you get bumped down to beat duty would of pissed off allot of people so they coward out.
its a shame, if they stuck to there guns, and made a true realistic detective game, where you had to analyse the evidence, and make a educated decision on who is guilty, it would of made the game SO much better!
i REALLY hope QDs new game is like LA Noire, if anyone has the talent, creative spark, balls and necessary resources to do the game justice its them.
LA Noire had so much potential, if done right it would not of been game of the year.
it would of been one of the best games ever made!

Beamboom
Beamboom
10 years ago

Still waiting for LA Noire price drop. That and inFamous 2 are two titles I am playing the waiting game with but damn they are stubborn.

I'll win though, eventually. 🙂

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

Beamboom,

Me too.
And I can certainly wait them out cause I've got a hell of a lot more staying power than they ever will.

(Ha, that's what she said too)


Last edited by BikerSaint on 11/30/2011 2:57:50 PM

Kevin555
Kevin555
10 years ago

I'm going to put the recent King of Fighters XIII into this category. Now being the fighting game fan buff that i am, this latest addition to the series is a KOF fans damp dream. You have most of the fan fave characters returning, improved gameplay, more arenas, more modes & you even get the full soundtrack to all previous King of Fighter games. As the KOF gimp that i am, i think its rad & i remain puzzled why this isn't getting much attention from beat em up fans?

It's arguably the best KOF there has ever been but there hasn't been too many reviews going around for it, which i personally think reeks of strange. So with lack of reviews & with most beat em up fans gyrating over Capcoms constant milking of Street Fighter Supers & Marvel crossovers i reckon KOFXIII will sadly fall under this category regardless of how much i personally dig it.

Virtua Fighter 5, LA Noire, Castlevania Lord of Shadows & Arcana Hearts 3 will probably be others for me personally.

Off topic here: Do you lads plan on reviewing both KOF XIII & Tekken Hybrid soon?


Last edited by Kevin555 on 11/30/2011 6:52:52 AM

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

Totally forgot Castlevannia Lords of Shadow. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT In some ways I think it is a better game than God of War 3. Beautiful, expansive levels and some great boss batlles. It flat out has one of the best endings I have seen in a videogame ever. A real Holy Sh!t did they just do what I thought they did ending!! Great stuff. It kind of turns the Castlevannia series on its head. Oh yeah. This game has some length. 20 hr sp campign accross a great variety of terrain. Great game for your gaming buck so to speak.

Since you went off topic I will ask is there any way we could get the MGS HD collection reviewed please? There are a lot of MGS fans on this site plus there is no Peace Walker review here. Please make it happen, Ben. Sorry to bug you about it again but I am of the opinion that important titles like Peace Walker deserve a review.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Bah. Lords of Shadow's combat and control scheme was too broken.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

I had no trouble mastering it. Seemed fine to me. Deeper than GOW3's as well.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Uh…no, it really wasn't deeper at ALL.

Lairfan
Lairfan
10 years ago

Castlevania was 20 hours of repetitive combat scene after repetitive combat scene, intermixed with boring climbing, and maybe a frustrating (yet sometimes well-made) puzzle thrown in. I'll take a 9 hour campaign with variety and reasons for things being in the story any day over a game that shoehorns Frankenstein, Chupacabras, and a million other things into its mythology just to artificially lengthen it.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

um…yes, it really was. By the 10 hr mark I had so many moves purchased I almost lost track of them. A lot more moves available in CLOS plus it essentialy had a counter system as well. Properly timed blocks would stun enemies. Pretty deep if you put the time into the game.

larfan

That's fair I guess. but since I loved its combat sytem and enjoyed unlocking all the great moves it really did not get that repititve for me. I enjoyed the different mythologies thrown in. Boss battles were a blast, too. Climbing was pretty quick as well.

One thing it definitely did better than GOW3 is that it had a lot of variety in the different levels in the game. Too much backtracking around that stupid hub in tiny little dark rooms in GOW3. Did not like the setting of the game. Lost some of the epic feeling. It really could have used something like the steads of time section in GOW2.

Underdog15
Underdog15
10 years ago

I could argue that Capcom vs Marvel 3 is deeper because of the variety of moves, as well….

But lets be honest… every character has the same control input. How your character reacts to the surrounding environment while responding exactly to what you want them to do is what creates depth for me.

I am not a fan of God of War, but it is deeper, in terms of gameplay, for me.

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
10 years ago

The thing about Castlevania is that there were a plethora of moves to choose from, but the best move is the basic square combo. You just use that at a distance and roll when you're about to be attacked. It's easily the most effective way to fight. Throw a few holy waters when you're in a bind and you're set.

I liked the game, but I wish it was better. And the whole turning Castlevania on its head thing bothered me. Almost every game in the series so far has been part of the chronology but they fucked with it.

And what happened to the Castlevania music? What's this God of War epic choir ripoff? There was only one song I recognized from the franchise, and all the other songs didn't really fit in with Castlevania at all.

I do have to give it to them though, they did bring Castlevania into 3D better than we've seen in the past, but I still think it can be better. I just hope they don't trash the Castlevania mythology and ignore all the games in the story up to this point.

SolidFantasy
SolidFantasy
10 years ago

I hate seeing nice games and ideas go the way of the dodo. LA Noire is a real gem and unappreciated imo.