Release List Reviews Shop Join News DVD Giveaways Video Games Advertise
DVD Reviews | Theatrical Reviews | Price Search Buy Stuff Here
Video Game Talk
HD Reviews

Go Back   DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Video Game Talk

Video Game Talk The Place to talk about and trade Video & PC Games

Thread Tools
Old 01-01-05, 12:16 AM   #1
DVD Talk Limited Edition
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,456
Best Under the Radar games of 2004

What was a great game that nobody believed would be any good?

My vote for the year is KATAMARI DAMACY (PS2)

Had someone explained that it was about rolling a ball around picking up things, and that's all it is, I would have scoffed. But after watching someone play 5 minutes I had to give it a try. A simple, but absorbing game.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we," Bush said. "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-05, 12:50 AM   #2
Maryang Palad
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 996
Aside from Katamari Damacy, these games get honorable mention:

Gradius V
Alien Hominid
Castle Shikigami
Dog's Life
Second Sight
The hand that rocks!

My Video Game Collection
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-05, 10:31 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 552
Don't forget Metal Slug 3 and Metal Slug Advance
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-05, 11:07 AM   #4
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Mid-World
Posts: 88
Beyond Good and Evil
Deus Ex Invisible War
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-05, 11:12 AM   #5
DVD Talk Legend
asianxcore's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Bay Area, California
Posts: 13,087
Didn't Beyond Good and Evil come out in 2003? Either way it was my favorite game of that year and was sadly overlooked.

Vote goes to Katamary Damacy. Ball rolling, senseless fun.
DVDTalk "B-Movie/Exploitation/Drive-In Challenge"
2015 2011 2010

DVDTalk "October Horror Movie Challenge"
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-05, 11:30 AM   #6
DVD Talk Hero
Decker's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Vegas, Baby!
Posts: 30,235
Originally Posted by Bax53
Beyond Good and Evil
Deus Ex Invisible War
All 3 are 2003 games.

Katamari Damacy was one of the best games of 2004. However, I don't think it's really "under the radar", since it's actually pretty popular, especially among the gaming press and in the gaming community. Heck, it was even nominated for a couple of Spike awards. But the term "out of nowhere" certainly applies. What a great game it is.

My vote is for Psi-Ops. Yes, it may have sold more copies the Katamri Damacy but I consider it "under the radar" since it didn't get a lot of press or rave reviews. I think it was an innovative, fun game that opened up all sorts of new gameplay dynamics. It's hard to do much new in the over-saturated third-person action genre, and on that front Psi-Ops really succeeds.

Champions of Norrath was a very good-looking dungeon crawl with a few glitches. Still for an action-RPG it was fun and had the ability to go online which made it unique in the genre (for console games)

I'm still not sure if Taiko Drum Master is a game, but I think it's pretty fun at parties. Ditto Eyetoy : Antigrav. When that comes out without a camera included, I'll pick that one up as well.

And if 2003 games that hit the bargain bin in early 2004 count, I'll add Sphinx And The Cursed Mummy, which outside of the baffeling decision not to include voice dialog, was a clever, beautiful adventure game.
Xbox Live: Decker 01........... My 360's Blog
PSN Gamertag : Decker01


I haven't seen Evil Dead 2.....yet.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-05, 11:59 AM   #7
DVD Talk Special Edition
Join Date: Feb 1999
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 1,423
Test Drive: Eve of Destruction

Really fun game. Only $29.99 new.
Xbox Live Gamertag: Duster72
PS3 ID: Duster72
8 Bit Brigade
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-05, 02:11 PM   #8
Senior Member
DaBargainHunta's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Parts Unknown
Posts: 354
Originally Posted by Maryang Palad
Castle Shikigami
Do you mean Castle Shikigami 2? I have both Castle Shikigami 1 (released here as Mobile Light Force) and Castle Shikigami 2. Both are good, but Castle Shikigami 2 is definitely better in my eyes. It's definitely got my vote as one of the best "under the radar games" of 2004.

Besides the games mentioned above (most of which I agree with, especially Katamari Damacy and Metal Slug 3), I've gotta throw these names into the hat:

- Maximo vs. Army of Zin (PS2)
- Pure Pinball (Xbox)
- Outrun 2 (Xbox)
- Space Raiders (GC)

All are worth seeking out.

Last edited by DaBargainHunta; 01-01-05 at 02:15 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-05, 08:14 PM   #9
DVD Talk Limited Edition
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Export, PA
Posts: 5,557
Not sure if Psi-Ops really fell under the radar. I would say that Second Sight did since everyone thought it was a Psi-Ops clone.

Away Psi-Ops was a really great game. Ages ago I traded in a ton of old XBOX games. Later on I went looking for Psi-Ops and thought I had traded it by mistake. I was pretty bummed. About 2 months later a buddy of mine came home from college on a break and returned my copy of Psi-Ops that I had forget he borrowed. I'm so anal about my DVDs that I can't believe I forgot I let him borrow this game.

Sadly I didn't play much in the way of non-mainstream games because so many big titles were release. I got burned by most of these games letting me down so this year I'll be trying more underdog games.
XBOX LIVE GamerTag: MasterofDVD
PSN ID: TheCritic
Miiverse ID: MasterofDVD
  Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:41 AM.

Rules - DVD Talk - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0
Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.