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josekortez
12-28-2007, 09:35 PM
A few years ago, there was a thread for PS1 hidden gems, which is one of my all-time favorite threads because I got into the Playstation one really late but I loved it because there were so many cheap quality games to purchase.

http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4159&highlight=hidden+gems

Anyway, since the PS2 is finally coming into its prime, I thought I would start a PS2 hidden gems thread since there are so many really good games that people missed because they were under the radar.

Amplitude
Ape Escape 2 & 3
Armored Core (series)
Asterix & Obelix Kick Buttix
Beyond Good & Evil
Blood Will Tell
Bloody Roar (series)
Brunswick Pro Bowling
Castle Shikigami 2
Choro Q
Cold Fear
Conflict Zone
Dai Senryaku VII Exceed
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns
Flipnic
Frequency
Gadget Racers
Genji
God Hand
Gradius V
Gungrave
Gungrave Overdose
Gungriffon Blaze
High Rollers Casino
Killer 7
Killswitch
King of the Fighters (series)
Mad Maestro
Mark of Kri
Maximo (series)
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System
Mobile Light Force 2
Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks
Neo-Geo Battle Coliseum
One Piece Pirates’ Carnival
Onimusha Blade Warriors
Pinball Hall of Fame
Puzzle Challenge Crosswords and More
Raiden III
Red Faction
Road Trip
R-Type Final
Rumble Racing
Seek and Destroy
Shadow of Rome
Sky Odyssey
S. L. A. I.
Star Trek Encounters
Swing Away Golf
Sub-Rebellion
Technic Beat
Tenchu Wrath of Heaven
Theme Park Rollercoaster
Trapt
24: The Game
Victorious Boxers 1 & 2
V-Rally 3
Winback
Wipeout Fusion
WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It
Zatchbell (series)

Feel free to discuss your favorites, add any to this list or even argue why certain ones don't belong on this list if you feel so inclined...

Half Japanese
12-28-2007, 09:49 PM
You've got most of my personal bases covered with God Hand and the Gungrave games, but I'd like to nominate Mr. Mosquito. Really unique game that's also pretty fun. A few other nods: The Red Star and Galactic Wrestling.

josekortez
12-28-2007, 09:53 PM
Yeah, I've wanted a copy of Galactic Wrestling for a while, but I can never find a copy at Gamestop with a manual. Red Star is pretty decent but I can't get through that first level.

roushimsx
12-28-2007, 10:19 PM
Some nominations:
Adventures of Cookie & Cream
Adventures of Darwin
Bloodrayne (no really, the first one is good!)
Headhunter (fun near future sci fi action adventure)
Headhunter: Redemption (criminally underrated sequel. ditches most of the adventure for some solid third person action in a twisted Running Man-style world)
Kim Possible: What's the Switch? (classic 16 bit platformer fun with sexy as hell graphics)
Kya: Dark Lineage
MLB Power Pros
Naval Ops: Commander
Tokyo Xtreme Racer Drift 2
Transformers: Armada
Yakuza (why did this not do better in reviews or in the stores? The best parts of Shenmue mixed with the best parts of Spikeout? Win!)
Warship Gunner 2 (Ace Combat on fucking ships. Addictive as hell)

Possibly include:
Culdcept (some of those games can get pretty fucking long. Ok, all of them get pretty fucking long)
Predator: Concrete Jungle (if you can adjust to the camera, it's actually quite fun)

Heard good things about and intend to play:
Bujingai
Dynasty Tactics
Enthusia Professional Racing (hardcore racing sim)
Heroes of Might and Magic (the remake of the first game)
Spy Fiction
Steambot Chronicles

josekortez
12-28-2007, 10:24 PM
Yeah, I've played many of those, and I don't know why I forgot Yakuza, Darwin and Culdcept. I'm going to have to try Kim Possible now but I don't want the cashier at the store to think I'm like one of those guys on "Dateline."

Also, for the record, I'm not a Sony fanboy but I think because of the sheer number of good games on the PS2, you really miss out if you don't have one.

The sad part? I actually own some of those games, roushimx, and I haven't even tried them before...

roushimsx
12-28-2007, 10:47 PM
The sad part? I actually own some of those games, roushimx, and I haven't even tried them before...

I'm in the same boat regarding your list, so we're even :P

I wouldn't consider myself a sony fanboy either so much as I'm attracted to the PS2 because of its massive wealth of good, cheap entertainment. There's so. fucking many. good. games.

This weekend I'm planning on hitting up Gamestop to pick up G1 Jockey 3, Asterix & Obelix Kick Buttix, and ...i don't know what else. Something for my free game. I'll probably randomly pick one of the games on your list that I haven't played and see how it turns out :)

edit - shit, they didn't have Asterix & Obelix anymore. Ended up getting I-Ninja instead.

josekortez
12-28-2007, 10:54 PM
Yeah, I bought Guilty Gear Accent Core, Resident Evil: Dead Aim and Mobile Gundam Seed: Neverending Tomorrow at GS earlier, although the surface of the Dead Aim disc looks like the ice rink at Rockerfeller Center.

lendelin
12-28-2007, 11:21 PM
I'd be much more selective than the OP, but one game was not mentioned so far, and that shows me how 'hidden' this 'true' gem indeed is:

Everblue 2. A wonderful game of the shamefully neglected underwater genre, great game design, great missions, the "pacing" (to use a fashionable word) is perfect, collecting and exploration (two basic important elements of game design) are at times brilliantly executed. Worthwhile having, worthwhile playing, a gem of every collection.

studvicious
12-28-2007, 11:52 PM
Shadow Of Destiny is a goodie too.

FlufflePuff
12-28-2007, 11:55 PM
I'd add Star Trek: Conquest to the list. It's new last month, but it's $15 price tag (and the fact that most Star Trek games suck) will lead it into obscurity. I picked it up and I like it alot. Nothing graphically complicated, but it's a fun little strategy game.

shoes23
12-29-2007, 12:19 AM
Bard's Tale - Funny as hell, especially if you have played some of the PS2's action RPG library already. The witty humor and ability to cast creatures to fight with you save this one from being a copycat to games like Baldur Gate or Champions of Narrath.

Blood Will Tell - Awesome game that has you fighting demons to regain body parts (in the beginning of the game you can only see in black and white until you defeat the first demon and regain your eyes.) The story is above average for a hack n' slash game, and there are plently of weapons to collect (including an upgradable cannon implanted in your knee and machine gun in your arm).

The Punisher - In my top 10 PS2 games. This game is just plain great. Contains one of the greatest scenes in a video game when you pop out of a coffin at a funeral parlor and just start unloading lead into anything that moves. It also contains some great death animations like throwing a guy head first into a bear trap or holding a thug against the rhino cage to watch him get impaled.

I'll add some more when I get home from work as I can't access my entire collection list.

DigitalSpace
12-29-2007, 01:27 AM
From what I own:

-4x4 Evolution - Solid port of the Dreamcast version, only missing the online play as it was released pretty early in the PS2's lifespan. Think of it as a Gran Turismo for trucks and SUV's, with big open courses you can explore if you get tired of racing. Don't let the poor cover art scare you off.
-Downhill Domination - Downhill Mountain Bike racing.
-Flipnic: Ultimate Pinball
-I-Ninja
-The King of Route 66 - Sega's sequel to 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker.
-Kya: Dark Lineage
-L.A. Rush - I thought this was a pretty solid open-ended street racer, even if it didn't live up to Need For Speed Underground 2 and Midnight Club 3, which were both released before it. Midway shouldn't have used the Rush name, though.
-The Mark of Kri and Rise of the Kasai
-NASCAR: Dirt To Daytona - One of the best NASCAR games to come along before EA bought exclusivity rights.
-Pinball Hall of Fame
-Pro Race Driver
-R-Type Final
-Road Trip and ChoroQ
-RoadKill - If you like the Twisted Metal and Vigilante 8 games, give this a try. Nice licensed soundtrack.
-Rumble Racing
-Scooby-Doo: Night of 100 Frights
-Shox
-Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild
-Strike Force Bowling
-Test Drive Off Road: Wide Open - This game was developed by Angel Studios (now Rockstar San Diego) and uses their Smuggler's Run engine. The race courses are set in three big areas.
-Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3 - features licensed vehicles

sirhansirhan
12-29-2007, 02:30 AM
I second Culdcept and Steambot Chronicles. Culdcept's story is horrible but the gameplay is great, and regarding Steambot Chronicles, I have no idea why it failed so miserably. It seemed like you could get used copies for like $15 just a couple of months after it came out, which is really weird for an Atlus game. Plus, it's a really good game.

j_factor
12-29-2007, 03:55 AM
Disaster Report is one of my favorite PS2 games. Very fun, original take on the survival horror genre.

Also check out Magic Pengel and Graffiti Kingdom. These two games are similar to the recent DS game Drawn to Life, and just as good.

josekortez
12-29-2007, 06:31 AM
I'd be much more selective than the OP, but one game was not mentioned so far, and that shows me how 'hidden' this 'true' gem indeed is:

Everblue 2. A wonderful game of the shamefully neglected underwater genre, great game design, great missions, the "pacing" (to use a fashionable word) is perfect, collecting and exploration (two basic important elements of game design) are at times brilliantly executed. Worthwhile having, worthwhile playing, a gem of every collection.

Yeah, I agree that Everblue 2 is a unique game that I think hardly anybody played.

Like I said in the original post, I did this thread in the spirit of the previous PS1 thread, and there were actually lots of hidden gems in the original PlayStation's library of hundreds of games. I don't know the official tally on the number of PS2 games released, but out of the hundreds available, I picked games that I had played that didn't sell extremely well (hence, the exclusion of even the Jak, Sly and Ratchet platform series from the list).

A lot of these games are pretty competent games on their own, even though they're derivative of other games (e.g. Cold Fear is a pretty good RE4 rip-off and some are sequels to games that oddly didn't sell that well in the first place like V-Rally 3).

JerseyDevil65
12-29-2007, 06:56 AM
Cold Winter is a decent FPS that doesn't seem to get talked about.

roushimsx
12-29-2007, 09:39 AM
(e.g. Cold Fear is a pretty good RE4 rip-off and some are sequels to games that oddly didn't sell that well in the first place like V-Rally 3).

It's hard to consider Cold Fear a RE4 rip off when it was in development at the same time and was released so closely to when RE4 came out.

parker619
12-29-2007, 09:43 AM
i was just about to say coldwinter,, not many people have noticed this one but it is a great play for online,,

Daria
12-29-2007, 11:54 AM
I'm not sure how well it sold. But Wizardry is a pretty awesome RPG. I usually don't even like the series.

roushimsx
12-29-2007, 12:15 PM
i was just about to say coldwinter,, not many people have noticed this one but it is a great play for online,,

I need to give the game another good chance. The input delay in the control made it feel way too sluggish/imprecise when I last tried it, but maybe if I put some more time into it then I'll adjust. Really, that didn't bother me as much as the lack of subtitles for the cutscenes/cinemas :(

heybtbm
12-29-2007, 12:22 PM
Godhand: One the most underrated games of all time. Everyone needs to play this at some point in their gaming life. Solid beat'em up + Japanese insanity = win.

Stella Deus: A fantastic Atlus Japanese SRPG that few people cared about. It's admittedly shallow compared to its Nippon Ichi brothers...but that's its greatest strength. Sometimes you don't want to play a SRPG where your characters level up to 9999 (I love Disgaea as much as anyone...but c'mon, who has the time?). Bonus: the soundtrack was composed by the same guy who did Final Fantasy Tactics and FFXII.

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/4267/256pxstelladeusgateofetup6.jpg

Mobile Light Force 2: Did you know Castle Shikigami 1 (Shikigami No Shiro) was released in the US? Most people have no idea (thanks to XS games bizarre translations/omissions). This is that game...

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/3967/mobilelightforce2hp5.jpg

It's worth the $5 you can find this for anywhere.

MegaDrive20XX
12-29-2007, 01:11 PM
Is it okay to say Rygar can join this list? I sort of liked this 3D Rygar.

TurboGenesis
12-29-2007, 03:00 PM
Godhand: One the most underrated games of all time. Everyone needs to play this at some point in their gaming life. Solid beat'em up + Japanese insanity = win.

Mobile Light Force 2: Did you know Castle Shikigami 1 (Shikigami No Shiro) was released in the US? Most people have no idea (thanks to XS games bizarre translations/omissions). This is that game...


co-signed for God Hand

Shikigami no Shiro 2 is far more refined than the first game and Castle Shikigami 2 offer proper TATE where it was left out of Mobile Light Force 2 :grumble:

AND
no hidden gems/sleeper/overlooked PlayStation 2 game list is complete unless it include

The Red Star

http://www.racketboy.com/images/redstar-cover.jpg

ScourDX
12-29-2007, 06:17 PM
SNK release KOF XI & Neogeo Battle Colosseum not too long ago and they are worth buying.

davidbrit2
12-29-2007, 09:30 PM
Heatseeker is an absolutely fantastic arcade flight combat game. It's like Ace Combat, but even less realistic. The controls are really accessible, and it's completely balls-to-the-wall, sort of like After Burner but with freedom of movement.

josekortez
12-29-2007, 10:36 PM
Cold Winter is a decent FPS that doesn't seem to get talked about.

I own Cold Winter and I finally rebooted it today. Then, when the game told me I need 2610 KB to save, I remembered why I never played it. It might be a good game, but games that require that much memory space should come with a free memory card...

Nate Nanjo
12-29-2007, 11:56 PM
Stella Deus: A fantastic Atlus Japanese SRPG that few people cared about. It's admittedly shallow compared to its Nippon Ichi brothers...but that's its greatest strength. Sometimes you don't want to play a SRPG where your characters level up to 9999 (I love Disgaea as much as anyone...but c'mon, who has the time?). Bonus: the soundtrack was composed by the same guy who did Final Fantasy Tactics and FFXII.


You know, the game was great, but the terrible voice acting kind of killed the game.

Oh, and I second Shadow of Destiny.

mEgAsHoT
12-30-2007, 12:26 AM
Here are some games I own that I consider as hidden gems on the PS2:

-Psychonauts: Almost no one cared about this game, regardless of all of the critics raving on the game. It's a great platformer with awesome voice acting. Some of the item collecting is tedious, but it doesn't detract from this great game. It may be the most well known hidden gem, but it deserves to be one since it didn't sell too great.

-NHL Hitz 2002 (practically the whole series): Not too sure how much this game sold, but this a personal hidden gem to me. One of the most fun arcade hockey games out there! It's pretty much NFL Blitz in a hockey ring. This is a fantastic multiplayer game. I think there were only two follow ups to this; NHL Hitz 2003 and NHL Hitz Pro.

-Crash N' Burn: I really don't understand why critics hated this game so much. This is a pretty cool destruction derby game. The crashes are great, and the game plays great. The only issue is that it's one player only. :( But if you like destruction derby games and want something other than Flatout and Destruction Derby Arenas, this is a good alternative.

PsychoCandy
12-30-2007, 01:04 AM
Bombastic.

snes_collector
12-30-2007, 08:35 AM
Glad to see Fire Pro Wrestling Returns on the list, definatly my favorite game I've played this year.

RadiantSvgun
12-30-2007, 08:41 AM
I'll have to add Ar Tonelico and the first Atelier Iris. Both are great games with incredible music and slipped under the radar for most gamers.

Honestly, I am suprised that Culdcept didn't get mentioned sooner. It is a unique game that I have yet to see again since I bought mine in 2004.

ALAKA
12-30-2007, 02:27 PM
i agree with Culdcept being a hidden gem. Aetiler Iris is good, but has a little to much backtracking from what I remember. I played Asterix & Obelix Kick Buttix until I got to one part where you have to kill like 700 soldiers(i kid you not) and i just can't get past that part. i'll have to give it another try down the road. all in all it was a decent game.

I am currently playing deus ex: the conspiracy for ps2 and its a really good game with questionable a.i., but fun nonetheless. I just don't know if you would consider this game "under the radar."

i might think of some more hidden gems i played later...

yok-dfa
12-30-2007, 04:26 PM
What about Gitaroo Man? (or is that too high-profile to be considered a hidden gem?)

koster
12-31-2007, 03:43 AM
Beyond Good & Evil
Killer 7
Both of these games are excellent, although I prefer the Gamecube versions.

A few other cross-platform releases I consider 'hidden gems':
Aliens vs Predator: Extinction
Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde
Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku (mediocre reviews, but I found it enjoyable)


Everblue 2. A wonderful game of the shamefully neglected underwater genre, great game design, great missions, the "pacing" (to use a fashionable word) is perfect, collecting and exploration (two basic important elements of game design) are at times brilliantly executed. Worthwhile having, worthwhile playing, a gem of every collection.
Truly a hidden gem - I've put more hours into this game than any other PS2 game I've played. I am eagerly looking forward to its 'sequel' Endless Ocean for the Wii.

jcalder8
01-16-2008, 12:57 AM
Having just bought a PS2 I'd love to hear some more peoples opinions about this topic.

Neil Koch
01-16-2008, 12:09 PM
-Crash N' Burn: I really don't understand why critics hated this game so much. This is a pretty cool destruction derby game. The crashes are great, and the game plays great. The only issue is that it's one player only. :( But if you like destruction derby games and want something other than Flatout and Destruction Derby Arenas, this is a good alternative.

I had this on Xbox and didn't think too much of it. It came off as a poor man's Burnout to me.

ScourDX
01-17-2008, 01:51 AM
I'm looking forward to Heavenly Guardian (http://www.ufointeractivegames.com/details.asp?k=2400&p=ps2). The game reminds me of Pocky & Rocky for SNES.

TurboGenesis
01-17-2008, 08:34 PM
I'm looking forward to Heavenly Guardian (http://www.ufointeractivegames.com/details.asp?k=2400&p=ps2). The game reminds me of Pocky & Rocky for SNES.

Nice find!

Look good indeed. I think I am pick it up upon release.
:cheers:

The Great Dane
01-17-2008, 08:45 PM
You have to include ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. ICO especially, though, as no one really knew much about the game. SotC got way more attention. But, both are great games.

RickHarrisMaine
01-17-2008, 08:48 PM
I'll second that for Mobile Light Force 2. I bought mine recently at Gamestop, for $3.99. Hellofa deal, because I played the thing all day.....just a great shooter....

Goodwill Hunter
01-17-2008, 08:52 PM
R.A.D. (Robot Alchemic Drive) - Got the heads up on this game right here at DP. Unlike any other robot/monster game I've played, and I had a great time all the way through. Unique control setup and gameplay creates a the illusion that you are directly controlling the movements of a 200-ft. tall robot and destroying a city to save it from alien 200-ft. tall robots. Enjoy!

Rich

Fear The Turtle
01-17-2008, 09:50 PM
I've always felt Legaia 2 went under the radar as far as RPGs go.

Nirvana
01-17-2008, 11:47 PM
Haha, I see you listed WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It! That game is seriously damn fun. I used to be in this phase where'd I'd play WWF Smackdown 2! Know Your Role religiously. When Just Bring It came out, I had no PS2 so I'd play it at a friend's house. I tell ya, that game is defintiely a sleeper hit. Nice fast paced wrestling.

Also, I want to play Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven. I was a huge fan of Tenchu 1 and 2.

josekortez
01-27-2008, 01:58 AM
Yeah, at this point, I would probably add Spy Hunter, Metal Slug Anthology/ 4&5, Alien Hominid, Puzzle Quest and Ys: The Ark of Napishtham. I'm on the fence about Chulip and River King so far...

Does anybody think I should update the original post with everybody's suggestions? We're looking at almost 100 hidden gems for the PS2, which is pretty good considering how large its library is...

If anybody has any others, please keep em coming...

slip81
01-27-2008, 07:16 AM
what about Ring of Red?

Damaramu
01-27-2008, 08:25 AM
I'm looking forward to Heavenly Guardian (http://www.ufointeractivegames.com/details.asp?k=2400&p=ps2). The game reminds me of Pocky & Rocky for SNES.



Nice find!

Look good indeed. I think I am pick it up upon release.
:cheers:

Heads up on Heavenly Guardian: MSRP at the Official site is $29.99- You can pre-order it at Amazon.com for $19.99 with free shipping (ships Feb. 26).

Amazon link (http://www.amazon.com/Tommo-70021-Heavenly-Guardian/dp/B000TIPWJ2/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1201439971&sr=8-1)

DigitalSpace
01-27-2008, 11:30 AM
Spy Hunter

Spy Hunter was one of the first PS2 games I owned. I would like to say I enjoyed it all the way through, but I was never able to beat the final level. Pretty good game though, and I liked the unlockable bonus stuff. It's also easy to find on the cheap.

It was also released on my 19th birthday (Sept. 24th, 2001).

josekortez
01-27-2008, 02:38 PM
Spy Hunter was one of the first PS2 games I owned. I would like to say I enjoyed it all the way through, but I was never able to beat the final level. Pretty good game though, and I liked the unlockable bonus stuff. It's also easy to find on the cheap.

It was also released on my 19th birthday (Sept. 24th, 2001).

Yeah, I just bought it at Gamestop the other day for $2.99 pre-owned and it was in good condition too. I am a little annoyed with the way that you have to reply the stages multiple times to satisfy all of the conditions. I think it's made by Paradigm, the company that made Stuntman if I'm not mistaken, but it never gets as frustrating as Stuntman.

diskoboy
01-27-2008, 03:08 PM
Is it okay to say Rygar can join this list? I sort of liked this 3D Rygar.

Seconded.




I also thought Sega's rebranding of Shinobi was pretty good, too - call me masochistic.... But I happen to love games that kick your ass while you beg for more. I'm the same way with Ninja Gaiden Black.

8bitgamer
01-27-2008, 09:33 PM
A few years ago, there was a thread for PS1 hidden gems, which is one of my all-time favorite threads because I got into the Playstation one really late but I loved it because there were so many cheap quality games to purchase.

http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4159&highlight=hidden+gems

Anyway, since the PS2 is finally coming into its prime, I thought I would start a PS2 hidden gems thread since there are so many really good games that people missed because they were under the radar.

Amplitude
Ape Escape 2 & 3
Armored Core (series)
Asterix & Obelix Kick Buttix
Beyond Good & Evil
Blood Will Tell
Bloody Roar (series)
Brunswick Pro Bowling
Castle Shikigami 2
Choro Q
Cold Fear
Conflict Zone
Dai Senryaku VII Exceed
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns
Flipnic
Frequency
Gadget Racers
Genji
God Hand
Gradius V
Gungrave
Gungrave Overdose
Gungriffon Blaze
High Rollers Casino
Killer 7
Killswitch
King of the Fighters (series)
Mad Maestro
Mark of Kri
Maximo (series)
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System
Mobile Light Force 2
Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks
Neo-Geo Battle Coliseum
One Piece Pirates’ Carnival
Onimusha Blade Warriors
Pinball Hall of Fame
Puzzle Challenge Crosswords and More
Raiden III
Red Faction
Road Trip
R-Type Final
Rumble Racing
Seek and Destroy
Shadow of Rome
Sky Odyssey
S. L. A. I.
Star Trek Encounters
Swing Away Golf
Sub-Rebellion
Technic Beat
Tenchu Wrath of Heaven
Theme Park Rollercoaster
Trapt
24: The Game
Victorious Boxers 1 & 2
V-Rally 3
Winback
Wipeout Fusion
WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It
Zatchbell (series)

Feel free to discuss your favorites, add any to this list or even argue why certain ones don't belong on this list if you feel so inclined...

I'm definitely with you on Maximo, R-Type Final , Raiden III, and Gradius V.

CreamSoda
01-27-2008, 09:58 PM
I'm looking forward to Heavenly Guardian (http://www.ufointeractivegames.com/details.asp?k=2400&p=ps2). The game reminds me of Pocky & Rocky for SNES.

Very nice, that game looks great. I probably would have never known about it, if not for this thread.

DJ Daishi
01-27-2008, 10:14 PM
lol, I was just thinking about starting a thread like this!...what do you know it already exist.

Bujingai on the ps2 was a great game in terms of gameplay. imagine Crouching Tiger Hidden if it were a good game....pretty light on story though.

DJ Daishi
01-27-2008, 10:31 PM
R.A.D. (Robot Alchemic Drive) - Got the heads up on this game right here at DP. Unlike any other robot/monster game I've played, and I had a great time all the way through. Unique control setup and gameplay creates a the illusion that you are directly controlling the movements of a 200-ft. tall robot and destroying a city to save it from alien 200-ft. tall robots. Enjoy!

Rich

this game would be perfect as a next-gen sequel! I really enjoyed the players point of view in the game!

Mad Maestro was also a pretty fun gem!

josekortez
01-27-2008, 10:37 PM
this game would be perfect as a next-gen sequel! I really enjoyed the players point of view in the game!

The game engine in RAD is also used in Earth Defense Force, which was on the Japanese PS2 and the third one did make it here for the 360. Think playing as one of the people on the ground instead of the robot.

I wish more games from the Simple 2000 Japanese PS2 series came here. This hidden gems list would be longer!

yok-dfa
01-28-2008, 03:13 AM
The game engine in RAD is also used in Earth Defense Force, which was on the Japanese PS2 and the third one did make it here for the 360. Think playing as one of the people on the ground instead of the robot.

I wish more games from the Simple 2000 Japanese PS2 series came here. This hidden gems list would be longer!
Earth Defense Force (named: Global Defense Force (part 2)), Global Defense Force Tactics and Monster Attack (part 1) were also released in Europe.

The_4th_Survivor
01-28-2008, 12:48 PM
Now these titles may not be available to everyone here in the USA, but they're available almost anyone located in Europe or the UK:

Jackie Chan Adventures (think Prince Of Persia mixed in with the fighting action of Rise To Honor)
Demolition Girl (The Daibajin)
Fitness Fun
Fighting Angels
Zombie Hunters (Oneechanbara Remix)
Zombie Zone (Oneechanbara)
Masters Of The Universe: The Power Of Grayskull
Conan (TDK)
Altered Beast (aka Project Altered Beast)
Dragon Blaze
10,000 Bullets
Michigan: Report From Hell
Glass Rose (an excellent 'point & click' adventure from Capcom)
7 Sins
Garfield


For those with a Japanese craving, the following was also 'under the radar':

DreamMix TV: World Fighters - Think Super Smash Bros., but with characters from the Hudson Game Universe (Bomberman, Master Higgins, etc.) as well as ones from Takara (Transformers, Micro Man, BeyBlade, etc.) and Konami (Simon Belmont and Solid Snake)

Hokuto No Ken (Fist Of The Northstar) Arcade - Now THIS is what a FoTNS fighting game should have been! Based on the Japanese arcade release, this title was designed by the same minds that designed the Guilty Gear series)

Appleseed EX - Not as bad as reviewers said it was, although you have to get used to the control scheme. Based on the -remixed- CG animated movie, also titled "Appleseed".


As for American releases, you've all pretty much covered a lot of what I was going to mention, so I'll add what I can of those releases;

Air Force Delta Storm
Contra: Shattered Soldier
Neo Contra

darkhades
01-28-2008, 01:04 PM
Disaster Report
Raw Danger

These are two often over looked Gems for the system.

DJ Daishi
01-28-2008, 07:30 PM
Hokuto No Ken (Fist Of The Northstar) Arcade - Now THIS is what a FoTNS fighting game should have been! Based on the Japanese arcade release, this title was designed by the same minds that designed the Guilty Gear series)

I love this game! another great game from the guys that gave us Guilty Gear!

josekortez
01-28-2008, 08:35 PM
Is this list turning Japanese? If we are doing imports too, I would add Sexy Mahjong Party, but it is a hidden gem for sooo many reasons other than the fact that it is a respectable game of mahjong...

RickHarrisMaine
01-28-2008, 09:47 PM
How about Primal? I picked this up today at Gamestop for $4.99. Looks like kind of an interesting game, and the price was right!

jupitersj
12-27-2008, 11:56 PM
Primal is my fav ps2 game...I just mentioned it in Dire 51's thread.

Leo_A
12-28-2008, 12:05 AM
Sky Oydssey

We Are Ninja
12-28-2008, 02:13 AM
A few years ago, there was a thread for PS1 hidden gems, which is one of my all-time favorite threads because I got into the Playstation one really late but I loved it because there were so many cheap quality games to purchase.

http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4159&highlight=hidden+gems

Anyway, since the PS2 is finally coming into its prime, I thought I would start a PS2 hidden gems thread since there are so many really good games that people missed because they were under the radar.

Amplitude
Armored Core (series)
Beyond Good & Evil
Frequency
Genji
King of the Fighters (series)
Mark of Kri
Rumble Racing
Technic Beat
...
^ Epic games in that list... You know about the Mark of Kri. Did you ever pick up the absolutely stellar sequel, Rise of the Kasai? If you haven't, it's so very worth tracking down.


Some nominations:
Tokyo Xtreme Racer Drift 2
Yakuza (why did this not do better in reviews or in the stores? The best parts of Shenmue mixed with the best parts of Spikeout? Win!)

Heard good things about and intend to play:
Enthusia Professional Racing (hardcore racing sim)
Spy Fiction
1.) TXRD2 is difficult, but good.

2.) Yakuza is most likely the closest I'll ever get to visiting Japan...

3.) Enthusia is exquisite. It's the only game from the last generation that actually challenged Gran Turismo where all others failed, Konami actually attempted to recreate the actual joy/experience/feeling of driving a car. They even one-upped Polyphony Digital, they managed to impart the game with "emotion". Don't ask, just track down a copy...

4.) Skip Spy Fiction; pick up one of the old MGS's instead...

kupomogli
12-28-2008, 02:29 PM
I'll list a few hidden gems of mine that are truly amazing games. Most of the list will consist of Gundam and Wild ARMs games. Neither of these series get the attention they deserve and most of the games are high quality(aside from Gundam lately.)

Prepare for a very long detailed list. I'm bored and am typing this all up right before work.

First I'll start with a ton of good Gundam games that came out in the US and Japan that I own. It's sad because most people just brush off Gundam games as "Gundam," solely because they've seen crappy TV shows like Gundam Wing, Gundam Seed, and G Gundam over here in the US and because overall, Gundam is based off an anime. However, the majority of Gundam games are very high quality games and would rank among some of the best games ever created in my opinion. Seeing that this is a PS2 list, I'd also recommend everyone looking up Mobile Suit Gundam Fighter's Locus/Ace Pilot for the Gamecube, which is another amazing Gundam game.

Mobile Suit Gundam Journey to Jaburo

The game controls a bit stiff, but it is a really good game. It follows the White Base from Side 7 all the way to Jaburo and into space. There is also some mission modes where you can take control of different suits from the Federation or the Zeon side.

Definitely worth getting for a Gundam fan. If you're not a Gundam fan and like robots in general then it's also worth getting. Might even introduce you into the Gundam series as there is alot of story within the game. It's like playing through the first part of the series.

Mobile Suit Gundam Zeonic Front

Probably my least favorite of the good Gundam games, but still a great game nonetheless. This game is a side story of the Gundam series as you control a small unit of people that aren't in the series at all. The game is real time where you set your path to which the characters will go, along with you controlling one set of them. You can set each team up with different sets of equipment in which you think would help you in the mission. There are also a ton of extra missions(more than the main game) if you get high ranks on each of the main missions and then high ranks on the bonus missions will unlock more. The game touches up on a few heroes of the actual anime and your characters do attack and protect various main areas in the anime as well.

Mobile Suit Gundam Federation vs Zeon and Gundam vs Zeta Gundam.

Personally I like Federation vs Zeon more just because of the campaign mode, but GvZ has more suits, more areas, and a huge fanservice section. The gameplay is arcade style and drops you down at randoms areas on a field when you're destroyed(in arcade mode.) On the mission mode you can get in a suit and then it's similar to arcade mode but you can't die or you lose the mission. The game also has a versus mode that can play two human players and up to four altogether(two human two pc) at a time, though it could very well play four human players, I just don't know.

Mobile Suit Gundam Encounters in Space

If you like Zone of Enders or Zone of Enders 2, then pick the game up now. The gameplay to EiS is pulled straight from the ZoE games and has Gundam added to it. How Journey to Jaburo was the first part of the series, Encounters in Space is right after they go into space from Jaburo. The controls are very well polished in this game, also. Part of the game is a rail shooter, like Star Fox/Zone of Enders, then part of the game is a sphere type battle system which you'll also find in Zone of Enders. It really depends on what part in the storyline it is. It all follows the storyline extremely well and there are alot of anime cutscenes between and during all missions. The game also has Ace Pilot mode which follows a bunch of Ace Pilots and includes pilots Anivel Gato, Kou Uraki, and Cima Garahau of 0083, which playing through their missions is like playing through the second half of Stardust Memory and again, follows the story extremely well and a ton of anime cutscenes before and after missions. The game also features a versus mode as well as a mission mode to create a custom pilot. The mission mode is eight missions in a row of increasing difficulty that have to be completed in a row. You die it goes to the next mission. Awesome game and my favorite Gundam.

Mobile Suit Gundam One Year War import only.

I wish this game was in English. It's the most story driven of the Gundam games, best graphics of the PS2 games, and the gameplay is pretty good. You go through the entire story of 0079 and it shows ALOT of detailed scenes throughout. It plays like you'd expect a Gundam to play, but also it has a few areas that play like light gun shooters without the light gun(like taking control of a cannon on the side of White Base for example.) Altogether great game.

Mobile Suit Gundam Climax UC import only

Another game I wish was English so I could understand it though I know the series so it doesn't much matter. This one goes through alot of series and is a sortof combination of Journey to Jaburo and Encounters in Space. Not really much I can say about it that I already did those two. The controls on land are much smoother than they were in Journey to Jaburo and plays almost exactly like Encounters in Space while in space.

Well. Pretty long detailed list of just Gundam. Anyways. My second favorite series of games is also pretty underrated. Every game in the series has came to the US, but it doesn't sell very well. The fact that these easily top most Final Fantasy games and most people don't bother to pick them up. Everyone should pick the entire series up for the PSX, PS2, and PSP.

-Wild ARMs 3

This is the best in the series to me. The game does away with different weapons and armor, leaving only your characters guns and the guardian runes to edit your characters with. All the characters are quite diverse as you can use them in many different ways, just in comparison to how you switch their runes(and what personal points you use to increase specific skills.) The weapons are customizable up allowing for you to switch stats back to default as well if you messed up and want to build the guns a different way(no refund on your money though.) The graphics are amazing, second best soundtrack in a video game only because Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata beat it with the Tactics Ogre soundtrack, and a great storyline(except right at the very end where there's a second twist that is placed on the first twist in the story which is kindof lame.)

Wild ARMs 4

This is where the Wild ARMs series took a turn from its normal gameplay. The new gameplay is very good and they added level to design to be a platformer as well, both 3d and in some areas there is 2d platforming. So this is definitely a plus for me because I'm a fan of the battles in this game and I'm a huge platformer fan. It atleast gives away to straight RPG gameplay and gives a more diverse feeling to the game if you ask me. Battles now are semi tactical, taking place on seven different grid points, where allies or enemies on a single grid will all take effect of the damage or healing parameters. The music again is amazing, just like any Wild ARMs game, but don't expect too much of the story this time around.

Wild ARMs 5

Mostly the same as WA4.

So finally done with those.

Forever Kingdom

Sequel to a game called Evergrace. Evergrace is a good game, but Forever Kingdom is so much better. You control three characters, the other two follow but you can switch to them at any time to control them, and then when using your special attacks you tell them when to use their special attacks by pushing the button that they're set to(which you end up using the special of each character and if you hit it takes much more damage, giving everyone a full special gauge back, and killing them will give an overkill.)

DJ Daishi
01-01-2009, 05:22 PM
bump for this great thread!

...I also gotta throw Arcana Heart out there. A great fighter that just recently made it state-side. the US version fixed all the balance issues that the japanese version had.

Astrosmash
01-01-2009, 05:31 PM
I know I'm responding to a nearly-year-old comment in the thread, but I'll second the nomination for Legaia 2: Duel Saga. I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the original (Legend of Legaia on the first PlayStation, which wasn't too bad either). Maybe I'll get around to completing it one of these days...

I liked The Bard's Tale too. Sure it bears little relation to the old computer games, but taken as it's own game I found it quite enjoyable.

kupomogli
01-01-2009, 08:29 PM
I'll second the nomination for Legaia 2: Duel Saga. I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the original (Legend of Legaia on the first PlayStation, which wasn't too bad either). Maybe I'll get around to completing it one of these days...

I'll actually third this one. I like the combo gameplay on Duel Saga better than how it is on the first. I liked the accessories better on Duel Saga as well. The storyline and spells were much better on the original though. If they'd ever make a remake of the original in the style of the second games combos and everything else the way it was on the first, I'll definitely pick it up as a first day release.

c0ldb33r
01-01-2009, 08:51 PM
Wow I had no idea that Earth Defence Force 2017 was a sequel to a PS2 game until this thread. Awesome, I love that game! :)

I just checked youtube for global defence force and it looks exactly like the 360 version, just with less enemies.

Chainclaw
01-01-2009, 09:17 PM
what about Ring of Red?

Secretly one of the most interesting games on the PS2. I love alternate history, I love mechs, and I love tactical / strategy games.

I think it's criminal we never got a sequel.

On the subject of long forgotten mech games someone also mentioned Zeonic Front :


Mobile Suit Gundam Zeonic Front

Probably my least favorite of the good Gundam games, but still a great game nonetheless. This game is a side story of the Gundam series as you control a small unit of people that aren't in the series at all. The game is real time where you set your path to which the characters will go, along with you controlling one set of them. You can set each team up with different sets of equipment in which you think would help you in the mission. There are also a ton of extra missions(more than the main game) if you get high ranks on each of the main missions and then high ranks on the bonus missions will unlock more. The game touches up on a few heroes of the actual anime and your characters do attack and protect various main areas in the anime as well.


I think it's one of the few Gundam games that are actually good, even if you are unfamiliar with the Gundam series. Rainbow Six is one of my favorite game series, and if you are familiar with either of the first two Rainbow Six games, this is Rainbow Six with mechs.

briskbc
01-01-2009, 09:19 PM
Crash Bandicoot Twinsanity is easy to brush of as just another crash game but it has a great sense of humor to it and it is really the best since the series stopped on the PS. I would recommend it for the list. Sure a Crash game may not be considered hidden but I think it sort of suffers from some guilt by association and would be easy to overlook.

josekortez
01-02-2009, 02:00 AM
I had forgotten I had started this thread, but let's add a few of the newer U.S. late releases that were under the radar.

Baroque
Pipe Mania
Shepherd's Crossing
SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1

c0ldb33r
01-02-2009, 10:54 AM
SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1
A lot of people bitch and moan about the ps2 version, something about frame rates or something. I've got the wii version and quite like it, but I just thought I'd point out the fact that some people are pretty iffy about the ps2 version.

josekortez
01-03-2009, 12:22 AM
A lot of people bitch and moan about the ps2 version, something about frame rates or something. I've got the wii version and quite like it, but I just thought I'd point out the fact that some people are pretty iffy about the ps2 version.

I've noticed that most of the people who complain about it on this site are owners of the original Neo-Geo hardware whereas if you never owned a Neo-Geo, you're just glad to be able to play those old games and don't really have anything to compare it to in order to judge its flaws. I own SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 on PS2 and PSP, and I like it just fine. Besides, the price is just right!

josekortez
01-17-2009, 09:23 AM
Bumped to the top for my good friend Chainsaw_Charlie.

maxlords
01-17-2009, 10:32 AM
How about these titles? I didn't see any of em on this list:

Adventures of Cookies and Cream - insanely hard two player simultaneous co-op action puzzle game.

Clock Tower 3 - Excellent horror game where you have zip for weapons and the baddies are BAD. I suspect this one gets missed a lot or dismissed a lot.

Gungrave - Awesome 3rd person shooter. Super-stylized anime from the maker of Trigun. Just massive killing. Very fun and oft-overlooked. Sequel is also good (Gungrave Overdose).

Haunting Ground - Another obscure-ish Capcom horror title....a girl and her dog trying to survive a bunch of nasties.

Indigo Prophecy - This one has gotten a bit more attention. Great title....murder mystery sort of. Made by Quantic Dreams, who have the forthcoming and highly anticipated Heavy Rain due out this year or so. Very different....very cool. Available for XBox and for 360 DL as well now.

Lupin the 3rd: Treasure of the Sorceror King - Fun MGS style game based on the Lupin anime series. Controls are a bit weak, but the game is GREAT and has an awesome sense of humor, just like the show!

Okage: Shadow King - Solid but slow paced RPG. Fun story. Looks like what would happen if Tim Burton designed an RPG. It's a slow-to-level one though.

Rule of Rose - An Atlus horror title...similar to Haunting Ground and Clock Tower 3. It seems like no one plays these.....

The Thing - Another multi-platform release, The Thing picks up after the '84 Carpenter movie. you run small squads against the aliens in 3D. It's nasty hard and pretty creepy, but a lot of people picked on it cause it wasn't as polished as some of the bigger action titles. I'm a huge fan of the movie....story for the game is pretty good.

Wizardry: Tales of the Forsaken Land - This one DID get mentioned, I just wanted to say it's probably THE best Wizardry title... :D

Ys: The Ark of Napishtim - Ys 6 for those who don't know...the PS2 one is pretty fun. I think a lot of people just skipped it. Beautiful artwork, fun gameplay.

The Clonus Horror
01-18-2009, 02:27 AM
Definitely agree with God Hand and Fire Pro Wrestling. Me and some girls have been playing the crap out of the King of Fighters 2006, as Gamestop in Duluth had about 8 copies for $14.99. They also had Killer 7 for $3.99. I also second Arcana Heart. What about War of the Monsters and Odin Sphere?

dannye812
02-22-2009, 04:01 PM
Urban Reign. Really fucking hard but a lot of fun.

JSoup
02-23-2009, 07:42 PM
If any of you happen to be into fishing games, River King: A Wonderful Journey happens to be a very decent (and decently priced) fishing RPG. Probably one of the best I've played of either genera.