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

It's extremely overrated! And it isn't even that good! All it is is Banjo-Kazooie but with a Spongebob skin! I do not understand what people see in this game that makes it so praiseworthy!

This list is one of the worst crafted lists that I had ever seen. I take it that most of the people that found this list don't get what the word UNDERRATED means. Since when had mario, pokemon, star wars, zelda, or call of duty ever been underrated? Those are all among the most OVERRATED things out there. Seeing any game from those franchises on this list is as stupid as seeing justin bieber and several other overrated singers on the list of most underrated singers. If this list were highly consistent to the title of this list, then Ristar, Alex Kidd, Tumblepop, and Beyond Good & Evil would at least be in the top 20 part of this list. It's nice to know that Kinetica is. As for Sonic 06, it's not that many people don't know about it. It's that many people want to pretend that abomination does not exist. Only the most die-hard sonic fans would like that game. If such glitches had been part of a non-sonic game, like Big Rigs, no one would want to know that game even exists.

Don't take these lists too seriously man. Most of the users on here are 11-14 year olds. - JamesNicholls

This game is getting remastered, I am HYPED - Katildalover93

Are you ready kids?

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2 Luigi's Mansion

I wish I had gotten to play this game, but I don't have a device it's comparable with. I heard it's really good, but haters say it's bad.

Are you sure that selling 2.5M copies is underrated?

How is this underrated? - RobertWisdom

I hate school

Stop that this instant! You may not "hate" school! You must DESPISE it! Wish to break it apart with your soul! - Jawsome274

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3 Super Mario Bros 2

Not really, when I look at requests for Mario Maker items I almost always see that. - Qryzx

It's not good. - TriggerTrashKid

, this is so underrated, people say it's bad just because it's not a Mario game but there are good games that aren't mario like the lego games

Uh this is not underrated. - MasterCreepy

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4 Earthbound

I think the main reason Earthbound is so underrated is-because it was marketed so terribly. Maybe if it had been advertised better, it would be better known. Earthbound is actually a really good game, and considering the other games above it on this list, it really ought to be Number One.

Why is this not number one it is a great experience that continues to affect me today it was just so indescribably awesome

Earthbound had a great everything. - Videogamesgal

How is an 1,00 dollar snes game overrated. the fanbase is huge!

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5 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

It's better than the Sonic movie coming out soon, that's for sure - HenryMan73

Its overhated

The only good thing about this game is it's soundtrack

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6 Super Paper Mario

It is a masterpiece, the story is deep, there is more than just princesses being captured, and jumping on mushrooms. It is dark, but in a good way, it has meaningful characters, gives Peach, Bowser, and Luigi some personality instead of just "lets a go a Mario" You can now relate to them. I would put this at number one, definitely a must play

(by the way the part where Sammer's Kingdom is destroyed, is easily my favorite part, just adds to the depth of the story)

As a (younger) child, I asked my family if we could get it. They said no for reasons I can't remember, but probably because it's single player (I played games with my family). As time goes on I get even more curious about it. - Qryzx

I love this game. I finally surpassed the part where you need 1,000,000 rupees, a rip off coin currency. Finally... - Katildalover93

Need a remake for the switch

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7 SpongeBob SquarePants the Movie

Best game ever

This game is absolute GARBAGE! What a coincidence that it from the same urine-garling idiots that made BFBB!

I love this game!

I used to play this all the time when I was a kid - XtremeNerdz12

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8 Star Fox Assault


The last good starfox game - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

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.

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

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9 Pac Man World 2


The pacman world series is suprisingly good. However, the best hodden gem game is brave fencer musashi for the ps 1.

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.

Okay, this was one of the first games I've ever played. It could have had a decent sequel and be throned as Mario's newest strongest rival yet, but then pacman world 3 happened. - VeryPissedOffCinnabon

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10 Psychonauts

You know which game introduced planar gravity? It wasn't Super Mario Galaxy! - Synchronocity

A fun, surreal game with extremely entertaining writing that will make you want to keep going through it. - kempokid

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

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Bioshock 2

Story is actually very sad and is a sequel that is worth playing (not as good as the first though)

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

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

great graphics and a great storyline - anthonybecerra831

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12 Kirby's Epic Yarn

YES! I haven't played this one but I have played a lot of others.

I just love the gameplay and especially the music. - Katildalover93

This is possibly one of the greatest games of all time. For coming out in 2011-ish, it looks great and plays great. Co-op isn't confusing, gameplay is fresh, and the whole concept is lovely. The characters, the aesthetic, those boss fights (some of my favorites), just, everything. Besides, it's quite easy to pick up.

YAWN! - TriggerTrashKid

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13 Kinetica

One of the best video games that doesn't have a sequel.

This game is not part of an overrated franchise, unlike several games on this list.

This game is criminally underrated.

Amazing sci-fi racer for the PS2

14 Shadow The Hedgehog

My second favourite sonic character, my first being tails.

I like this game - myusernameisthis

This is truly the most underrated video game ever. It got very mediocre reviews and didn't sell well at all. I thought it was a great game, in fact it's honestly the best Sonic game I've played. This game had loads of different endings and stories, which gave it excellent replay value. It had a great thought provoking story, Shadow was so cool and badass, and the multiplayer was good as well.

The gameplay is still good to this day. I feel if more people knew about this game and the fanbase for this site was a bit more mature than this game would be 1st or 2nd on this list. - JamesNicholls


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15 Super Mario Sunshine

This isn't underrated. it is still very good. I completed game

Pretty fun game - Marxcute19

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

It is hard though. The camera though much improved from Mario 64, is still atrocious. - RobertWisdom

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

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16 Paper Mario: Sticker Star

I kinda get why people hate it, but personally, I like it.

The worst Paper Mario game, the others are way better - KalloFox34

My favorite Mario Game!

GARBAGE - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

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17 The Simpsons: Hit & Run

Was obsessed with this game as a kid. - codgtamk34

A ton of fun. - iliekpiez

This is so true.

One of the best Simpsons games.

18 Bully

Definitely one of the most underrated games, this game was a gem and it's just a shame that they barely changed anything in the remastered version otherwise it would probably be more popular. Bully is one of my favourite games of all times, and one of my favourite Rockstar games, but it's always overshined by Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead, which is a shame.

Anyways, we're all waiting for Bully 2 with open arms, Rockstar. - Danganronpa

Was very fun. Grand Theft Auto in school pretty much. - codgtamk34

This game is not underrated at all. - RobertWisdom

I adore this game! Probably the one game that needs a sequel more than any other game - HollyRolo

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19 Dante's Inferno

I seen gameplay and it looks badass. - Katildalover93

Featuring Dante from the devil may cry series - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

20 Dead Island

Awesome ZeRater

I love that game. I got a gun that had like 1000000 ammo, no joke - ZeRater

21 Solatorobo: Red the Hunter

Best action rpg for NDS

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

I just read the info about it, and this game looks pretty nice. I'll try to find it at my nearby used game store and give it a go. (PS. People probably overlooked it because it's one of those typical unpopular DS games that aren't by nintendo) - Mathyfox441

22 Just Cause 2

Awesome game! - TriggerTrashKid

One of the greatest open world games of all time and its huge with stuff to blowup and you have a bloody grappling gun attached to you at all time, whats not to love

the best just cause game of all time but not on the xbox, play station only cause its for the players!

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

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

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23 Kirby Air Ride

Mario Kart is better, so is Crash Team Racing. - TriggerTrashKid

Oh my god... I had this game and it was so fun to play with, the number of cars is great as hell and the modes are amazing - yamionthetrap

I'm pretty sure Conner The Waffle on YouTube said this is the most underrated game ever

A fun racing game that really lets you play to your fullest potential. COME ON Nintendo. MAKE A SSB STYLE GAME. EXCEPT WITH RACING.

24 Metroid: Other M

This game is FINE. The only problem is samus acts helpless and there's drama.

Absolutely not - iliekpiez

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

No - DensestPotato

25 Undertale

You don't need to know what undertale is to know who sans is

More like overrated. - SuperDuperSeb

Is worth every cent. I would pay 40 dollars for this.

It's not the game that is bad, it's the fanbase. You'll see cringy sans fangirls wanting to ship themselves with him and call themselves his wife and girlfriend, weird NSFW, and mostly terrible YouTube fan videos. - Katildalover93

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26 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty

This is not underrated. You guys are just randomly throwing games out there. - RobertWisdom

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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27 Bomberman Hero
28 Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3
29 Timesplitters

The TimeSplitters series is extremely good (My personal favorite shooter! )
It's so underrated, I couldn't even find it on a list of underrated games (Other than this list, obviously)

These games are extremely underrated. Such fantastic games.

These are amazing shooters very underrated. Makes Call of Duty look like garbage.

30 Super Princess Peach

... To the people who dislike Peach, please treat this game like something from a dream you had. - Qryzx

What were they thinking - iliekpiez

Overrated if u ask me

Terrible - TriggerTrashKid

31 Touhou Project Touhou Project
32 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

I love this game! No other comment. - Bloodbirth-HQ

Very underrated - Silence4101

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.

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33 The Itchy and Scratchy Game

It was kinda underrated since half of the world didn't have a Game Gear.

34 Sonic Adventure 2
35 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

I love it, but not underrated. - iliekpiez

Really, really, really fun.
(Even though I'd rather explore than complete dungeons.) - Marxcute19

Huh?!?! - TriggerTrashKid

Zelda is underrated? , how? - B1ueNew

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36 Yume Nikki Yume Nikki
37 Spartan X
38 Sonic Unleashed

I loved this game when I was a kid.

Love this game. It has a great story, cut scenes and concept. To all the people that say sonic has no good games, play this one please. The Wii version is the best to me! - Katildalover93

Chip don't leave

Great opening, some good level moments, but too much pointless padding and bad levels too. - iliekpiez

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39 Star Fox Adventures

Most haters dismiss this game as a Zelda clone (despite both franchises being Nintendo property).
Putting that aside, it's a bloody good game. The set pieces are beautiful, the soundtrack is wonderful and the gameplay is awesome. It did something different and it succeeded.

The same can be said for Star Fox Assault, I would have found it more interesting if Nintendo kept to the Adventures/Assault style of gameplay for Zero as opposed to rehashing 64 (which in turn is a rehash of the first Star Fox game).
Hopefully, one day, Nintendo will re-release this game and other Gamecube games onto the Virtual Console so that gamers can rediscover and re-evaluate them.

I just pretend this isn't a thing. Its not a good star fox game - Silence4101

While not a perfect game, it's not as bad as most people claim it is (and I can guarantee, those people either never played it, only watched Jontron's review, or are 64 Elitist scum).

This game was insanely good If you actually gave it a try. I think I might play it again sometime soon.

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40 Virtua Tennis World Tour
41 Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker

an absolutely amazing game. most people give it crap because of the toony graphics. that just gives the game some character and makes it different from the rest of the zelda games. best zelda game in my opinion. - deadgrass27

It appeared twice :P - Keb

42 Resident Evil 5

Better than 6 at least. - codgtamk34

many RE fans loved RE 4 but hated RE 5. Why? RE 5 is true masterpiece with superb graphics, awesome story, characters and just gaming. Don't be so harsh to this game! - Magnolia

43 Shrek: SuperSlam

Ripoff of smash

How dare they not acknowledge da meme bible, Shrek! - TerryThe_NES_Owner

Better than melee
Time to win evo 2019 shrek super slam - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

I don't like Shrek. - TriggerTrashKid

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44 The Simpsons: Road Rage

The GBA version was bad, not sure about the other ones - KalloFox34

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

45 Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters

Well, yes. it existed since 2002

Ratchet and Clank existed back then?! - SeeU

46 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - Explorers of Sky

Nothing Pokemon is underrated - RobertWisdom


Mystery Dungeon was an excellent idea. This was probably this series' best game. - KalloFox34

A spin off that is better than almost all of the main series games, in my opinion.

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47 Lego Star Wars

This was my first game I ever played as well

This is the first game I ever played too

The first game I ever played - iliekpiez


48 G-Surfers
49 Kid Icarus


50 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Hehe, noobs, this game isn't that hard really, they just need to know it!

We hate it because we suck at it

It's hard but can be very fun - Keb

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