We all recognize the big names: God of War III , Modern Warfare 2 , Uncharted 2: Among Thieves , Gran Turismo 5 , Final Fantasy XIII , Assassin's Creed II , MAG , Alan Wake , The Last Guardian , Guitar Hero 5 , etc, etc, etc. These are titles that will remain in the limelight until they arrive and will always garner plenty of attention.

But wherever there are powerful blockbusters there are quality titles that get overlooked. And as we roll onwards in 2009 and looking forward to the first part of 2010, we've found five titles that really need more attention from both journalists and gamers alike. We turn your attention to them now:

1. Brutal Legend

Tim Schafer must be the brunt of some massive cosmic joke: he continually produces original, engaging, and even memorable video games that almost never make a big splash on the sales charts. And as much as we'd like to think that Brutal Legend will be his defining moment and rightly elevate his Double Fine studio to a lofty position in the industry, we see it laboring beneath the aforementioned blockbusters. But really, that won't stop us from promoting its potential greatness. Perhaps it's limiting its sales potential due to the emphasis on the metal music culture (and not everyone likes that), but if you're questioning its appeal on these grounds, we beseech you…please, don't. Just give it a chance even if you're not into metal. This is gonna be kooky, zany, quirky and above all else, fun as hell.

Well, at least we think it'll be all those things.

2. Resonance of Fate

Some things never change. If you're a role-playing game and the words "Final Fantasy" aren't in the title, it's very unlikely that you'll see any hype or publicity whatsoever. White Knight Chronicles is doing well in terms of widespread recognition thus far, but remember, it has been bouncing around since it first showed up at the Tokyo Game Show almost three years ago. Resonance of Fate is the latest effort from tri-Ace, who very rarely lets RPG fans down, and it appears to be both stylish and an absolute blast to play. At first, we had nothing but a gorgeous cinematic video that didn't show anything in the way of gameplay, but then, a Tri-Attack Battle Trailer really opened our eyes. It almost looks like "The Matrix" only with heavy Japanese overtones, and we really can't wait to see more of this game. It seems someone finally decided to make a JRPG based around guns and not swords, and while we all have our personal preferences, you gotta love this idea.

3. Bayonetta

Platinum Games is working on a true-blue action gem for us, and it should be getting almost as much hype as a new Devil May Cry . Of course, that won't happen as Hideki Kamiya's new title is an IP and DMC is an established franchise, but the sultry heroine who reminds us of a gothic supermodel needs your attention. There's an awesome gameplay trailer up on the PlayStation Store; it won't take more than a few minutes to download and view, and it's well worth your time. Fast, furious, loaded with that patented Kamiya flair, and absolutely appealing in every possible way. You should also visit the Platinum Games website , which features frequently updated articles concerning the development and design process. Everything we've seen thus far has excited us and it remains near the top of our "most anticipated" list. Yeah, you can have your Modern Warfare 2 , but we wanna beat on demons with that leather-clad minx. Just remember, though: we have been warned that this attitude-laden adventure will be tough .

4. Demon's Souls

Mostly due to the fact that it launched in Japan first, Demon's Souls is a game that garnered unbelievable reviews. And when we say "unbelievable," we're not really exaggerating; some of the quotes we've seen have been along the lines of, "the most innovative action/RPG ever." PSW Magazine and Eurogamer have already awarded it 9s, RPG Fan gave it a 8.4, and it has recently been confirmed that it will most certainly be coming to North America later this year. Again, much like Bayonetta , this won't be for the faint of heart; it has been rumored to be one of the most challenging RPGs ever made, and one of the hardest games of the generation. But that won't stop us from giving it a whirl, and if you're looking for a ton of fantasy-based immersion in a truly atmospheric virtual world, you can't ignore Demon's Souls . We just gotta give some love to the upcoming RPGs, although we should probably point out that this one is a PlayStation 3 exclusive, unlike Resonance of Fate . Not that it really matters.

5. Katamari Forever

It's kinda like the cult classic franchise in video games. Each and every installment got great reviews and sales were decent, but of course, none could compete with the giant mega-releases that always stole the show. And now, after Beautiful Katamari was exclusive to the Xbox 360, Namco is returning to its home base where the series began; Katamari Forever will be a PS3 exclusive. But really, I don't care where it goes; I'd even buy a Wii if it was exclusive to that system (no kidding). There's just something about rolling around that sticky ball and picking up everything that is of the appropriate size; it's just so damn addicting. Perhaps it's useless to try to stir up some hype for this game, but I don't care; this needs to be said. And if you haven't ever tried a Katamari game before, you are hereby ordered to play this one. I'm all serious and stuff.

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12aIIvIIoN
12aIIvIIoN
11 years ago

Sorry but don't plan on getting any of those!!! 🙁

Xra897
Xra897
11 years ago

only katamari forever and possibly demon soul for me

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Neither do I, just waiting for the block busters!

Q!

"i am home"

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Is Brutal Legend really going to be good? I mean, I hear about it but don't know enough to see if it's going to be worth it. I am curious and can pre-order this with my EA points but I need some gameplay footage. The whole Jack Black/Tenacious D involvement has me a bit turned off.

Don't hate. I'm just giving my opinion. I'm not jabbing at your jive.


Last edited by fluffer nutter on 7/9/2009 10:41:52 PM

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

If it's made by Tim Schafer, it will be fun. Guaranteed.

Schafer is also the perfect developer for those "there's no originality" whiners.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Of these 5, I will be getting Resonance of Fate day 1, Demon's Souls when I can find it for about $40, and Bayonetta in the bargain bin. (Though I might rent it for some fun a multiplat action title with little replay value is hard to pay full price for)

Brutal legend will have to be a pass as I'm not into zany games and while katamari is always good for a lark I've got too much hardcore shiznit to roll with.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 7/9/2009 10:46:58 PM

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

Bayonetta and Demon's Souls are what I'm most interested in.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

The only one that want to get out of those is Katamari Forever.I've never played the series so this game would be a great start.The rest of those don't interest me a bit especially Brutal Legend although Bayonetta has potential to be great.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Hey, where's WET? I'm more interested in that than Bayonetta.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Why? It's just essentially a new tomb raider with a new character. just stick with uncharted

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Tomb Raider? no man, it's a straight action title, guns, swords and blood. Very Tarantino-esque.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 7/10/2009 4:26:45 AM

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

Dude! i just looked that game up and it looks awsome! I will definitly rent that one.

bearbobby
bearbobby
11 years ago

That's the time when you tell him that Bayonetta is essentially just Devil May Cry with a new character. lol

King James
King James
11 years ago

Wet looks REAL "throwaway".

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

That's why I like it James, Afro Samurai turned out pretty throwaway too but I loved it.

SHADOW
SHADOW
11 years ago

Singularity and Borderlands should be on this list.

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
11 years ago

I believe he's referring to 2009 releases. Borderlands and now Singularity are 2010 releases.


Last edited by Evil Incarnate on 7/10/2009 8:46:24 AM

King James
King James
11 years ago

Borderlands is coming this October and it should be on the list. Maybe Ben thought it had enough hype.


Last edited by King James on 7/10/2009 3:48:12 PM

Riku994
Riku994
11 years ago

I only agree with Resonance of fate. As much as I disagree with an RPG going completely gunplay, it looks pretyt epic from the *counts on fingers* 2 trailers I've seen. Demon's Souls I'm gunna have to try before I consider a purchase The rest i dont plan on getting.

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

…I just broke my guitar, my real big boy one and not the plastic piece of sh*t most people have now-a-days…sorry but I felt the need to share to relieve my stress…damn…


Last edited by ThePearlJamer on 7/9/2009 11:05:44 PM

Jiggy
Jiggy
11 years ago

How do you break a guitar? Seriously, I've had mine for over ten years and its perfect.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

a little bit too much rockin' pearl? and if its not plastic, how did it break?

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

the bridge popped out…I tried to put it back in but it keeps falling out…

and I busted it because it was a real guitar, not a crappy videogame controller if thats what you're asking…

mastiffchild
mastiffchild
11 years ago

Without actually trying I've never broken a guitar in twenty years of recording and gigs!Maybe I'm just too soft eh? I think I'd cry if my Ricky died on me, or the Jag.

As for the games I'm a bit bored of Bayonetta as I feel it's just OTT for the sake of it and to differentiate it from, erm , his previous work. Which, lets be honest it's REALLY like.

BL would be ok if Jack Black was n't already EVERYWHERE.

RoF looks really interesting but we need to know much more with Tri Ace's recent history.

Katamari will be more of the same deserving, fun idiocy-and if you never played it you should try-it's weirdly addictive too.

DS, however, is the real deal. A granite hard gem of a broad rpg with something for everyone PLUS innovations galore esp from the online elements. I've already been stung over an import copy and it doesn't look like ever coming to the EU so it'll be the US version for me to try next(hopefully this time with the right game in the right box!). I would usually get my mates from him but he finds it so hard I doubt he'll actually finish the game within the next eighteen months!

One thing, though, My Dutka. Do you really think Brutal Legend is under hyped? Anything to do with old JB gets plenty of attention and this has been no differeent, imo.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

The only game here Id even consider playing is Brutal Legend(don't care that much for metal music but the game sounds kinda interesting)the other 4 don't look interesting a bit!

sticklife
sticklife
11 years ago

Yeah KD (nope can't spell it)is going to rock. The music in the first game was so great and even after beating it my friends and I kept coming back for more. Demon's souls kinda looks cool.

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

At least Ben didn't include his secret game.

Demon's Souls should have Galactus as a hidden boss.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

his must be further off in the distance than these.

tlpn99
tlpn99
11 years ago

That secret game is way off in the future, as I recall Ben said last time it was "not for a good while yet"
I just wanna know what it is lol

Any ideas anyone, any suggestions ? Just hope it's not something lame as it is a PS3 exclusive but just cos it is exclusive does not mean it is going to be great but fingers crossed it will be 🙂


Last edited by tlpn99 on 7/10/2009 6:50:20 AM

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

I don't know, most exclusives are….*glares at cover of Layer*

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

ive never even heard of 2 and 5, Demon Souls sounds familliar. Oh well, i guess thats why there on here. I wont pass on any of them except Bayonetta, ill propably rent the others. IDK.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

I will get Bayonetta, Demon's Soul and Resonance of Fate, definitely not Brutal Legend with stiff characters. Will also recruit Katamari when price drop to 29.99. 😀

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

I love Katamari and I will be getting Demon's Souls. I'll try out Brutal Legend as well.

slayerkillemall
slayerkillemall
11 years ago

ditto,dont care for any of those games.
although would play brutal legend if it was free..

ZubraZap
ZubraZap
11 years ago

Don't forget about BlazBlue people! Which has already been put out on shelves.

___________
___________
11 years ago

tisk tisk ben you forgot bioshock 2 and splinter cell conviction.
my 2 most wanted titles for this year after R&C.
but bayonetta is a day 1 purchase for me DMC is one of my favorite series and cant wait for it.
and assassins creed 2 im playing through the first one now and loving it.
just 2 things i hope they add besides more gadgets which are their, 1 make it easier to loose the guards give us more options besides hay and benches, and make it harder for them to chase you.
seriously i just walk past them and they chase me.
i stand in front of them they chase me.
i blow them a kiss they chase me.
no matter what i do they bloody chase me.
its driving me insane.
2 give us more opportunities to use the hidden blade.
i walking on a roof top i hang down select my hidden blade auto target a guard he cant see me but i cant assassinate them.
you basicly can only use it when they cant see you and your 3cm away from them.
i want to be able to leap across the sky and stab him in the neck.
and with the assassinations why do they allways have to break out into a fight?
why do i have to chalange him and his gards why cant i hide up on the roof jump down and stab him in the neck.
that would be alot more fun instead of taking out every single enemy exactly the same way.
once they change those things assassins creed 2 could be game of the year because its the only one thats unique its the only of its kind.
theres no game out there like assassins creed and thats what makes it so great.

SHADOW
SHADOW
11 years ago

Unhyped. as in games that aren't guaranteed blockbusters.

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

Splinter Cell: Conviction is an Xbox exclusive dar.

___________
___________
11 years ago

besides heavy rain but thats not till next year.
assassins creed 2 for this year.
heavy rain for next.
but 50 bucks says neither will get goty even if they turn out to be 10/10 games.
50 bucks says either MW2 or bioshock 2 will get it this year.
and next probably alan wake or half life 2 epp 3 or diablo 3 or doom 4 if any of those are out then.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
11 years ago

Brutal Legend and Katamari Forever are my picks for must have. Bayonetta I might get when it comes down in price. Don't have enough time in life atm for RPG's, but if I had to make a choice… wow, I'm still not sure which one would be good. Might go with Demon Souls.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

in AC2 u can use the hidden blades alot more, and there are more weapons. and u can jump off and stab people, and regards to hiding, u can now swim. but for hiding in haybales and stuff, theres a new type of guard that sifts through hiding places. Having already played it, i can say you wont be dissapointed. P.S. Da Vinci's gadgets are awesome later in the game, u all know about the hangglider, but they get alot cooler. Without saying too much, it involves bombs. : )

kevyd09
kevyd09
11 years ago

how have you got to play it? wanna send me it thru the post lol

The Stig
The Stig
11 years ago

WOW! You know and have everything.

Why the new account?

kevyd09
kevyd09
11 years ago

i have to say that rpg's hold no interest for me what so ever!!

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

i have a brother that works at Ubisoft, and its a physical copy. So sorry.

bearbobby
bearbobby
11 years ago

Don't worry guys, I keep a leprechaun in my pocket. All I gotta do is ask and then I can play unreleased games too!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Take a pic of yourself playing it at home and post it in the forums, bear in mind I can spot a photoshop a mile away.

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

Gran Turismo 5, Gran Turismo 5, Gran Turismo 5, Gran Turismo 5!!!!

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

Sorry Ben, I don't agree with you on point No.4. The moment it has hit in Hong Kong (Asia Version) a lot of the PS3 community are really anticipating for true English version and so far their prayers have been answered. So it's really hyped up and not under-hyped as you put it.

Bayonetta doesn't seem to be deserved to be on that list as there's are whole lot of talk about it in the fan community but I agree on the others. Hot witch with superb skills (just saw the trailer in PSN and she has a daughter? Lucky bastard).

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Not a single solitary soul who isn't a hardcore gamer has even heard about Demon's Souls. Nor does anyone know about Bayonetta.

You're living too much in the gaming community that checks game websites every day. 😉