What was the best sleeper hit of 2002 for any respective system? Since I've got a Playstation, stuff like GTA:VC and Tekken 4 came with a lot of fanfare and hype from the net and still turned out to be great games.
Basically, what games do you guys think are great but don't nearly enough love from the mainstream?
IMO, the two top sleepers for PS2 this year were Kingdom Hearts and Ratchet and Clank, awesome games that I only saw a few commercials for around December.
I'd have to pick Ratchet and Clank out of the two, because it was just more fun to play, and Kingdom Hearts felt way too easy towards the end.
Of Course, I'm Just a Whiny Smart Mark, I Could Be Wrong...
The following post expresses the opinions of a raving Jerichoholic. He is biased, opinionated and bitter. You have been warned.
I know it was shoved down the collective throats of anyone who watches Raw and SmackDown, but other than that, Shut Your Mouth got no love whatsoever. That was, without a doubt, the best wrestling game ever, and nobody mentioned it at all.
The preceding post expressed the opinions of a raving Jerichoholic. He was biased, opinionated and bitter. You were warned.
Dynasty Tactics for PS2 is an awesome stratagy game that no one ever heard of. It's sorta like Romance of the Three Kingdoms that focuses only on battles. I will never forget when I did a nine step combo that killed four armies and slaughtered over a hundred thousand troops, it just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
The way of Hercule is the philosophy of daily training, constantly pushing your limits, and never giving up to build a powerful body and mind... and having a wild time all the time. I am a H-Fer.
After looking forward to playing it for months and months, I have to say I didn't much enjoy Mark of Kri. It was an ok game, but damn, it was just too hard. I mean, I suck and all, but hard is hard. (Now astrobstrd will talk about beating it and make me cry.)
As for my vote... aside from kidbrooklyn and a friend of mine, I didn't really hear anything at all about NBA Live 2003. I like it.
I have to agree with Ace Combat 4, and I really enjoy playing NCAA2k3 college basketball. SD4:SYM is the ebst wrestling game I have every played, and I only saw commercials during wrestling for it, so I agree that it should count too. As far as disappointments, I really did not like Medal of Honor that much, I know I am probably in the minority on that one.
Thank you Lord....for giving me the strength....to beat the crap out of that man and damn near kill him with my bare hands! -David Alan Grier discussing post boxing match interviews
Most people dismissed the game because of the license, the title or whatever reason. Most people missed out on a game with a robust hand to hand combat engine with weapons, interactive environments, and interesting enemies. Having a plot that closely follows events from the show and real voice actors is just icing on the cake for fans of the show. But you don't have to be a fan to appreciate the best 3D brawler in years. And it's no surprise that the fighting feels so balanced since former developers of Street Fighter 2 worked on this game. Look out for the upcoming Indiana Jones game that uses the same engine.
I rented Hunter for GCN and spent a Saturday night with four friends (one of which a fellow White Wolf fan) blitzing as far as we could get. Fun game, but it felt like Resident Evil crossed with Gauntlet. I can't speak for the single player, but you can only punk out *so* many zombies with a shotgun before you need to move on. Pick it up at Electronics Boutique for $10 (check the EB games spam thread).
I didn't really touch much that wasn't highly touted this year, but on PC, Extreme Warfare Revenge kept me way busier than it had any right to.
Still stuck on the last level, on that koddamn fire bridge.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.
NGPC ruled. That was more a failure of SNK's finances being unable to marketing their product, and being thrown into bankruptcy just as US sales were picking up (mostly due to the portable fighting game market.)