Top 10 Underrated Video Game Exclusives that are Also Absolute Must-Plays for Their Systems


The Top Ten

1 Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

Classic Resident Evil meets Classic Silent Hill, and in the absolute best (albeit clunkiest) way possible - xandermartin98

2 Xenogears

As far as standard role-playing games go, this might officially be THE deepest storyline of the genre.

The art style and animation are absolutely jaw-droppingly executed for the time as well, and Xenoblade would not have existed without this - xandermartin98

3 Henry Hatsworth In the Puzzling Adventure

Mario meets Devil May Cry meets Tetris Attack, with a hearty swig of Professor Layton - xandermartin98

4 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

If you ever wanted a game that proves that the Wiimote-and-Nunchuk control scheme actually CAN work for first-person shooters, this is it.

Also, Hypermode makes you feel like such a badass - xandermartin98

5 Um Jammer Lammy

Parappa The Rapper meets Guitar Hero meets Rocko's Modern Life (unlike PTR, by the way, this game was one of the ACTUAL inventors and precursors of Guitar Hero)

Also, it's a better game than PTR 1 and 2 in nearly every single way possible and has one of the most absolutely hilarious storylines to ever grace video games, so there's that too - xandermartin98

6 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

I will never understand why this game got hated on so much for using the "dark world" cliche when Zelda gets so much praise for it.

Case in point, this is a MUCH more challenging and fleshed-out (albeit often annoyingly artificially so) game than its predecessor, even if the story isn't as memorable and the save point placement isn't as convenient - xandermartin98

7 Kirby: Planet Robobot

Kirby meets Mega Man X meets Gurren Lagann

Enough said - xandermartin98

8 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

And now for a game that actually CAN be described as having a story as deep as multiple Mariana Trenches stacked on top of each other; Undertale, eat your little red heart out - xandermartin98

9 Gitaroo Man

What Parappa 2 should have been, honestly.

I haven't played it myself, but if the fact that this game is basically Um Jammer Lammy IN SPACE ARMOR and with massively improved gameplay mechanics doesn't immediately scream "awesome" to you, you've clearly never played or even seen UJL yourself, and I feel bad for you - xandermartin98

10 Super Paper Mario

Personally, I've played far better examples of this genre in terms of gameplay myself (Metroidvania and Cave Story immediately come to mind), but this is yet another game on this list that is easily worth playing for the story alone, which is especially shocking coming from a Mario game of all things - xandermartin98

The Contenders

11 Metroid: Samus Returns
12 Xenosaga
13 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
14 XenoBlade Chronicles
15 Professor Layton Professor Layton Professor Hershel Layton is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Professor Layton fictional universe, created by Level-5.
16 Gunstar Super Heroes
17 Alien Soldier
18 Crash Twinsanity
19 Chrono Cross
20 Mario vs Donkey Kong
21 Crash Team Racing
22 Secret of Mana
23 PaRappa the Rapper 2
24 Crazy Taxi
25 Little Big Planet
26 Vib-Ribbon
27 No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
28 Little Big Planet 2
29 Mega Man 7
30 Diddy Kong Racing
31 Xenoblade Chronicles X
32 DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
33 Another Metroid 2 Remake
34 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
35 Metroid 2: Return of Samus
36 The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
37 Metroid Prime Hunters
38 Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
39 Wario Land 4
40 Super Mario Sunshine
41 Luigi's Mansion
42 Mother 3
43 Kid Icarus: Uprising
44 F-Zero GX
45 Wave Race: Blue Storm
46 F-Zero X
47 Kirby: Triple Deluxe
48 Ratchet & Clank
49 Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
50 Earthbound
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