What are the best, but sadly forgotten video games?

With so many games coming out, especially free2play ones, you can easily forget about older ones. In fact, you can completely forget about some great games, that you may have spent hours playing as a youngster. I mean, I forget what day it is most of the time, so a game I was playing 20 years ago is undoubtedly easy to misplace in my memory.

Anyway, what are those great games that you, unfortunately, may not have thought about in forever? Well, we’ve listed five of our favourite forgotten gems.

1. Heart of Darkness

Along with WWF War Zone, this was the first game I got for my PS1 back in 1998. The hype behind this game ahead of release was incredible, especially during those days. It took six years to develop, and along with the incredibly haunting orchestral soundtrack, the visuals were truly stunning.

It is a concise game which can be finished in as little as two hours, but a 7-year-old me kept playing it, because well Andy and Whiskey were cool.

2. Shadow Man

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Another PS1 classic and another one that you have probably forgotten about over the years. Shadow Man had everything you could ever want from a 90s video game. Kick ass protagonist, excellent soundtrack and plenty of gore. You play an immortal Voodoo warrior tasked with hunting down five serial killers and their psychotic boss, who is gearing up for the apocalypse.

Oh and Jack the Ripper is in here, because why not?

Easily one of the best, forgotten video games of all time.

3. Jet Force Gemini

When people talk about the great N64 games, they will usually say; Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and Banjo Kazooie. However, a complete classic and one that is consistently overlooked is Jet Force Gemini.

Pitted against some insectoid evil genius and his drones, you get puzzles, an excellent soundtrack and a great third-person shooter.

4. Overboard!

Sorry, another PS1 game but this is one that has a lot of meaning to me. So, when I was a kid, I was in the hospital quite a lot. Broken legs, arms, meningitis, you know the usual kid thing. And what was the game always on in the kid’s ward? Why it was Overboard!

So as you can imagine, I played this quite a lot and ended up getting it, so I wouldn’t have to injure myself just to play it. This is potentially one of the best non point-and-click pirate games of all time. It mixes shooting with strategy and puzzles, and who doesn’t want to be a pirate?

If you have a PS1 and a few mates, get this and try the multiplayer, it is still a lot of fun to this day. It might not be one of the best, forgotten video games to everyone, but it is to me.

5. The Thing

This was actually quite a revolutionary title when it came out, even for the PS2. Team-mates would become infected by the ‘Thing’, and it was up to you to figure out who wasn’t exactly human anymore.

For a film that has become a cult classic in the wake of its initial frosty reception, it is strange that the video game isn’t looked at in the same light.

It still holds up today if you don’t mind some ‘retro’ graphics.

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