Most Underrated Video Games

Games you probably havent heard of -
and probably should check out.

The Top Ten

1 Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom

Played this game when I was younger, and still come back to it. The gameplay is tight, the story is pretty solid, the music is really good, the boss fights are pretty epic, and you get to run around Bikini bottom and the surrounding areas that you saw in the show. This game is criminally underrated. Go buy it, play it, and be happy.

This was one of the first video games I've ever played (I'm 13) and it's one of my favorites of all time, just play the game for yourself, words can't explain how great this game is

Game is pretty fun when you try it. You get to fight robots and you get to run around in a open world environment

Too bad people are going to think this game is bad just because it's based off a cartoon.

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2 Luigi's Mansion Luigi's Mansion

Ok listen if there was one game that is very underrated it's this one first of all great story line. Second, I always like playing with luigi and when I first beat the game I rebuilt a horrible mansion and I was like "well this stinks." So I started this whole game over to make an awesome one which I did. Third who didn't like the awesome boss battles and at the end with Bowser-King Boo, so much fun I think this should be in the top 3.

Almost everyone with a Gamecube has this...

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3 Super Mario Bros 2 Super Mario Bros 2

Reply to the person who claimed Mario games have no story: Mario games didn't focus on the story, they were more focused on the level design and buildup of level difficulty. And why are they still good? Because the Mario series does a good job at giving the player a challenge as they progress throughout the games levels. Another example of a misjudgment of a game. Because a game's plot doesn't always matter.

This game is really fun! So what if it was Doki Doki Panic? Do you think the USA wants a near duplicate version of Super Mario Bros. For Super Mario Bros. 2? I got Super Mario Bros. 2 Japan from the virtual console and I made it to the THIRD level.

This was one of my first games and I'll always have a special spot for it, I thought it was a good game that, stepped away from traditional Mario and succeeded, why vegetables, no Bowser, stop complaining and play you'll like it. Don't get how it is one of the worst.
Almost voted for majora's mak, but I thought it at least had some respect in the game world.

Actually mario games did have story look up the original 1985 manual it is dark.

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4 Star Fox Assault Star Fox Assault

Starfox is really underrated, this game was my childhood. The only reason some people know it is because of Super Smash Brothers. I love this game and if you haven't checked it out you really should.

I loved the multiplayer on this I would play it over and over and over just to unlock everything definitely underrated

This is what Zero should've been based off of.

I never really saw this game as underrated really, but I guess you're not wrong. - TwillyFSniper

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5 Earthbound Earthbound

This was the only reason I had a SNES. Don't get me wrong, it had great games, but I liked the genesis better. However, nothing compares to earthbound. This was in my opinion the best game of the fourth generation. I had it when I was nine, and still play it to this day. If you haven't played it yet, I strongly suggest you do. If you're into RPG's, you'll automatically like it.

Alright, this game is downright awesome. I only discovered it recently, but I'm glad I did. EarthBound is my favourite video game because of it's quirky characters, interesting plot, and the enemies. Oh, the enemies. I can only hope you'll give this gem of a game a play.

Actually this is still my one of my favorite games of all time, ever since I was 6 years old, I'm 20 now.

This just doesn't make any sense! Undertale is overrated,but Earthbound not! If the Undertale players say 'they know everything about Undertale' then they should know that Undertale was first a ROM hack for Earthbound!

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6 Bioshock 2 Bioshock 2

Not as good as the first one but still a great game. - nic1997ps3

great graphics and a great storyline - anthonybecerra831

Just play Minerva's Den. Then you'll realise how underrated this game is.

Most underrated video game to ever be made. - Therandom

7 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty

This is a really great list, but I feel that everyone hated MGS 2 because of Raiden but they didn't understand why Kojima did this ON PURPOSE. He meant for you to hate him so you can see him grow up from being an annoying brat to someone nearly comparable to Snake. Here you have a fantastic character development and new intuitive gameplay mechanics such as first-person aiming, not to mention stunning visuals. Also, Raiden helps people see just how epic Snake is. Maybe the story was really complex, but overall this game deserved way more love than all the ignorant hate it gets, but this is only my opinion. - Zeebs

The problem that absolutely killed this game for most MGS fans is that you play as Raiden most of the game, and because of that most people decide that they don't like it before they've even really given it a chance - ChickenKing

Hideo knew that if he included raiden on the cover it wouldn't sell as good

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8 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Wonderful game! Greatest Mario Game of all time! Too bad that the Nintendo 64 and Super Mario 64 overshadowed it, so it only sold about 1. 4 million copies worldwide. If you find it though, like on eBay, a yard sale, or used game store, then get it!

I don't understand why people harp at this game so often. It's very engaging for an RPG, has the best graphics on a SNES games, a story so compelling you'd actually care about Mario, a lot of depth, plenty of sidequests, many characters with their own stories, and for once; THE WHOLE GAME ISN'T ABOUT SAVING PRINCESS PEACH! This is a game that people definitely need to take a bit more seriously.

Sweetest RPG on SNES. Not the best, as they're overshadowed by Chrono Trigger, FFVI and some more, but still it's the sweetest. How's that? Lovely graphics, great music, many jokes that will make you laugh out loud all the time, nice combat system, and more. - Igurusama

Yet again, not really underrated at all. Great game though. - TwillyFSniper

9 Pac Man World 2 Pac Man World 2

I can't believe this: we're on a list of the most underrated and overlooked games ever, and Mario and Zelda STILL get the top spots. Why? Because they're so huge that I'm willing to bet Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi's Mansion, and Majora's Mask are the ONLY "underrated" games many of the people have played. Pac Man World 2 is among the epitome of underrated - it starred a well-known figure, was adored by fans and critics, and nobody knew it existed, and wouldn't often give it a chance anyway. Don't be one of those guys: Pac Man World 2 was easily one of the best platformers in its generation, with fun graphics, an amazing soundtrack, brilliant design, and six unlockable previous Pac Man Games. It may not be as good as games like Disgaea and Beyond Good and Evil, but it's so little-known that it's not even featured on lists of good little-known games! Don't pass this one up.

No other game on this list has truly stuck out to me as much as Pac-Man World 2. I love this game to death, and it saddens me that many people overlook this game. Great Graphics, Phenomenal Music, Stellar Level Design, Cool Levels, Epic Boss Fights, an Aracde; seriously! How is this game so overlooked? Buy this game this instant. It's truly fantastic.

This game was my childhood. But in the internet when I mention it people go "Huh. I never knew that game existed." - BigTree

10 Kirby's Epic Yarn Kirby's Epic Yarn

I love this game! The music is beautiful, and the landscape and characters look breath-taking! Kirby may have lost this copy-abilities, but with how great this game's story was, I almost forgot about it. Some parts (such as the Meta Knight boss fight, that lovable little turd), were decently difficult. I'll come back to this game with fond memories.

This is my favorite Kirby game, and one of my top 10 FAVORITE video games of all time! - izackak

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The Contenders

11 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

This game is so bad. It destroyed the sonic franchise.

I like Sonic the way it is. I'm sick of everyone bashing him for no reason. Spoiler alert: THINGS CHANGE. - DCfnaf

To the person that said "good, but a lot of people don't know about it", that is the definition of overlooked. This is underrated, which consists of games that get too much hate and games that get overlooked. Sonic 06 is well known, but it fits the over hated portion of underrated! It's a bad game, but way too many people call it unplayable (it is playable. Free Riders is unplayable! At least 06 can function properly when it's not glitchy, but Free Riders is almost completely unfunctional due to its unresponsive rate being way worse than 06's glitch rate! )

I think this game is underrated because I bought it and actually enjoyed it. I got really curious about it I'm a die-hard Sonic fan and whenever I hear this game get flag, the more and more I thought about it. Shadow The Hedgehog got flag, and I liked that game. I finally looked up some footage on Youtube and that's when I decided to buy it for my Xbox 360. I actually liked the game, my review of it is an 8.6/10.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but with this game I'd explain why 97% of the fan base hates this game but the best You Tuber ever Premydaremy, already established that. I'm sorry I'm tired of hearing about how this is the 2nd worst Sonic game ever and all of these Sanic 0Sucks memes. This game is a gem, I don't care what anyone says all 3 characters are fun, the game has a good story, music is the best ever, and it's overall brilliant. There are many other Sonic games that I think are underrated but this one earns the #1 spot.

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12 Psychonauts Psychonauts

The game sold terrible when it first came out, but it slowly gaining popularity, being called one of the most underrated games of all time, with its uniqueness in almost every aspect of the game. - Jammer196

this is not just a great overlooked game, it should be considered one of the greatest games ever. The most entertaining level design I have ever played. - lethaldose

I hear about this from critics all the time!

This game is amazing. Not normally but Amazingly Amazing. I like it. - BigTree

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13 Metroid: Other M Metroid: Other M

I've heard some people say it ruined the franchise. I'll look into it though

14 Paper Mario: Sticker Star Paper Mario: Sticker Star

My opinion I only hate 2 mario games this one and hotel mario

It's Underrated Because It Sucked!

TTYD fanboys need to stop whining about a TTYD remake. Yeah, TTYD was good, no need to scream it directly to our ears.

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15 Just Cause 2 Just Cause 2

This was one of the best open world games. Chaos, chaos everywhere

I don't think it's underrated, I think it's amazing, they should rename it "go blow stuff up"

I don't understand how this is underrated. It was getting love from everyone.

The entire series is underrated

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16 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

For me it is hard to decide between Ocarina of time and Majora's Mask. Everyone in Majora's Mask has a large role in the story and is doing something different depending on the day and time, which I love. I got more Enjoyment out of this one but OoT mean's more to me; if that makes sense. - tenthsage

What? This game isn't underrated at all.

I love Zelda, but it really isn't underrated. It is accurately rated. - RalphBob

Just saying, this is a really good game and everyone already knows. So it can't really be overrated. Surprisingly a lot of people do think this is the best Zelda game, and it got damn good reviews, so how can it be underrated?

I don't get how this is underrated. it is awesome. Yeah it is overlooked by OoT but it gave a challenge more than any other 3ds game I have ever played ( I played on the 3ds) nowadays the games are so easy that a toddler could beat it in a day. But this game made me think. its been a year and I'm still stuck on the 3rd temple. (I don't look up cheats).

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17 Super Mario Sunshine Super Mario Sunshine

What Are You Talking About? This Game Wasn't Hard At All!

Everybody who thinks this game is hard never played Mario games.

How is this game overrated in any way? I'm pretty sure that it's much more popular than you think. - TwillyFSniper

This game is amazing, but it isn't underrated... - Keb

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18 The Simpsons: Road Rage The Simpsons: Road Rage

So what if it's a crazy taxi ripoff? Its fun

This game was so fun. I don't think it is underrated I just think people sold they;re playstations when the new console game out

19 Solatorobo: Red the Hunter Solatorobo: Red the Hunter

Amazing story, amazing gameplay, amazing characters, stellar graphics, didn't get very popular

It's a real shame. This game had a wonderful story and really fun gameplay, among all of its other pros, but it NEVER had a chance. Just looking at the box, it looks like one of those generic DS games made by that company you've never heard of. Too bad it couldn't take off. - PeterG99

20 Dead Island Dead Island
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