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

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

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.

I don't think the age of most of the users on this list is a good excuse for the problems of this list. A number of the games on this list were made before any 11, 14 or( in some cases)20 year olds existed. That big comment does make a point. For any mario game to be on this list is just dumb. A number of non-mario platformers are underrated compared to mario. I think the mario games on this list were placed by people of dumb favoritism. The mario hype should not make every non-mario platformer irrelevant. That series is just plain overrated.

I remember playing this game. it's actually very fun, and although it's not the best game ever, it has a very creative concept and design. Criminally underrated.

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2 Luigi's Mansion

Almost everyone with a Gamecube has this...

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.

Personally, I think Luigis Mansion is overrated. Some moments are pretty annoying like the big boo boss, the story isn't perfect (I mean how does the boos kidnapped Mario if they were trap in a room before Luigi arrives that doesn't make any sense), and the game is pretty short. I don't say Luigis Mansion is a bad game. Heck, I might even give this game a 4/5! However, this game still has it flaws. However, the biggest reason why I find this game overrated is because of dark moon. Dark moon is one of my favorite game of all time and this game is hate because of the original. I could og on about hours but I wont

How the hell is this underrated...
I enjoyed this game as a kid but let's be honest, your usual Nintendo games are on this list? Heck no. - MasterCreepy

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3 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.


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4 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! )

It's a bad game, but it's really underrated.
Possible one of the most hated games out there.
I understand where most of the hate is coming from, but some people just overreact too much.

Some people do actually like this game though. So that's it. I won't say much but I made my point.
This game is more underrated than Luigi's Mansion and Mario 2. Hell, THOSE TWO shouldn't even be on the list. THIS GAME SHOULD BE #2. - MasterCreepy

Somehow its still OVERtated

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5 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.

How is this game underrated? By all accounts the game is a masterpiece. People don't know what they're even voting for anymore. - Xean45

This was the reason that I got the snes mini

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6 Super Paper Mario

Why Does Everyone Hate This Game? I Like It. It's A Very Underrated Game. It Deserves More Respect.

I remember playing this game when I was younger and recently found it and started playing it again. It's one of the best Mario games, if not the best. Mimi still terrifies me though...

Everything about this game is underrated, from the gameplay to the music. It is probably my favorite Mario game of all time.

This game is super underrated. People hate it because it's different, you want to know what that reminds me of (wait you probably already know)? - darthvadern

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7 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.

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

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

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

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8 SpongeBob SquarePants the Movie

I love this game!

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

9 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

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

This isn't really underrated anymore because this can be easily be buyed now on xbla and psn and a lot of people like this and the sequel was croudfunded on kickstarter even though most kickstarter games sucked - ikerevievs

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10 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.

Shut up, you other person.

There is only 1 problem with the game. Kirby can't die - LeetHaterz

Kirby is amazing

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The Newcomers

? Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
? Mafia III

One of the most underrated games of the decade so far - B1ueNew

The Contenders

11 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

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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12 Bioshock 2

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

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

great graphics and a great storyline - anthonybecerra831

To be honest it's overrated. - Extractinator04

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13 Metroid: Other M

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

No - DensestPotato

14 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.

Its underrated because it's better than Grand Theft Auto

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15 Paper Mario: Sticker Star

This Game Is Complete Garbage

Bought it for my 3DS because I loved paper Mario and the thousand year Door, picked up this hot mess and returned it within an hour. If you thought paper Mario for the wii was hot garbage wait till you play this total stinker. Buy it. Throw it in the trash. Better gaming for humanity.

I love this game, personally. However, it's absolutely nothing when compared to the early Paper Mario games. It isn't a bad game- Just a bad Paper Mario game. - Marxcute19

I love this game. It's one of my favorites on the 3DS, and my second favorite in the entire series (below TTYD.)There. I said it.

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16 Shadow The Hedgehog

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

"IT HAS GUNS AND SWEARING! " Shadow antihero. It's not a bad game. Shadow was badass in this. - DCfnaf

More underrated than those Mario and Zelda games Nintendo keeps throwing at their fans. - MasterCreepy

DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN - a summary of this game's script. But jokes aside this game is overhated. It puts the loose ends of SA2 and ties them up in a somewhat edgy manner. - VeryPissedOffCinnabon

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17 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

Pretty fun game - Marxcute19

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18 Kinetica

This game is criminally underrated.

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

Amazing sci-fi racer for the PS2

19 Dead Island

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

20 Dante's Inferno
21 Kirby Air Ride

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.

22 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

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

23 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

People may worship this game now, but it deserves as much acclaim as Ocarina of Time, aged better, and would have changed the outcome of the franchise for the better if it wasn't met with so much rage at the time for its graphics.

Also in no way underrated. Do you know what the word "underrated" means? - TwillyFSniper

It was underrated back then, now it's just rated. - Keb

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

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24 Bomberman Hero
25 Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3
26 Bully

I'd say the world, customization, soundtrack, and story are pretty damn good.

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

Nothing comes near!

Wish they would make something like this for next gen. Sadly that wont happen :( - Jonerman

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27 Super Princess Peach
28 Undertale

Overrated by its fanbase, but deserves vastly more respect from the general public. Pretty much the same hype situation that happened with Rocko's Modern Life before it. - xandermartin98

Depends on who you are talking to, I'm guessing the general outcry is that it is pretty awful, because of the fanbase, who say it's amazing. I love this game, but have pushed away the fanbase. In that context, yes. It is underrated.

The game is fine but the fanbase needs to die. - MasterCreepy

Undertale is best game, fight me. I stay up until 3 am listening to the soundtrack 8 haven’t slept in days...

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29 The Simpsons: Hit & Run

One of the best Simpsons games.

30 Pokemon Battle Revolution
31 Touhou Project Touhou Project
32 The Itchy and Scratchy Game

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

33 Sonic Adventure 2
34 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

So underrated because of the fact you play raiden most of the time. Other than that, the game is still is amazing and was mind blowing when it came out, yet nobody mentions it when the conversation comes about the greatest games. This Games is so much more than just playing with raiden. The Story, The Game-play, The Graphics (for the time) were all out of this world. It makes me sad that is over shined by the dumb fact that you play with raiden most of the time and that sucks I agree, but that doesn't make the game any less good than it is. - copkiller

35 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - Explorers of Sky

Ok, 2 things. 1- This game is tied with Super Mystery Dungeon for my 2nd favorite game of all time (1st is Spyro Dawn of the Dragon by the way, just wanted to point that out). 2- You say this game is underrated, yet it gets universal love. Even some who say it's overrated admit they like it. I feel that either Gates to Infinity (even though it's one of my biggest disappointments) or Super Mystery Dungeon should take its place since they're considered the worst by people.

Yes, this was a great game. In fact I think all the installments in this spin off series are excellent. - PageEmperor

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

I think I'm going to not look at the rest of this list with that on there. - TwillyFSniper

36 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

Definitely agree. This was #42 on the worst video games list. - BlueSheepYT

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37 Spartan X
38 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

39 Yume Nikki Yume Nikki
40 Virtua Tennis World Tour
41 Sonic Unleashed

People hate this game when it's a really good game

This is in my opinion the best Sonic game ever, talking about the XB360/PS3 version of course. The Day stages give me a total thrill ride, and they still do to this day after owning this for 5 years. The Night stages is what makes this game underrated, I think they're amazing, I don't get why everyone despises them. I'd keep writing but I don't want to review the best game ever made, that'll be for my YouTube channel when I eventually get one.

This is often considered better than Adventure 2!


Okay sorry there, but seriously, who tf put Nintendo games on the list. If anything those are either completely fine or overrated.
Sonic Unleashed (uh PS3/Xbox360 version plis), however, is much more underrated than those franchises COMBINED. - MasterCreepy

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42 Shrek: SuperSlam

Actually a fun game with some interesting gameplay. Part of me wishes I was joking.

Shrek is love, Shrek is life - Keb

Nice game no doubt

Most dankness - johnsox2004

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43 Spec Ops: The Line

The single greatest storyline in the history of video games.

44 Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters

Ratchet and Clank existed back then?! - SeeU

45 Resident Evil 5

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

46 Mario Party 8

I know I'm going to get a lot of dislikes on this but I don't like Mario party

I LOVE MARIO PARTY 8! Me and my sibling would play it all the time! It's so fun! Why is it underrated!? - SeeU

Definitely better than 9 and 10 - DCfnaf

47 Kid Icarus
48 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

We hate it because we suck at it

It's hard but can be very fun - Keb

49 G-Surfers
50 Rise of Nations
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