We’ve had an amazing year with tons of games to play throughout the past 12 months, and even though we’re saying adios to the year, there are a few underrated games of 2021 that you should consider checking out.
From the likes of Halo Infinite to Forza Horizon 5, we had tons of fun and all of these games were criminally good, being made on Unreal Engine 5, it was expected.
But, there are a few hidden gems in plain sight that many of us missed. In today’s round-up, we’ve brought the most underrated games of the year 2021. If you’re tired of playing the same AAA titles all year, here are a few more games that’ll cheer your holidays.
The Hidden Gems of 2021, Games You Can’t Afford to Miss
Curse of the Dead Gods
Over-the-top action-adventure title with plenty of traps sewn in the tracks, monsters lurking from every corner, and darkness closing in with each second, Curse of The Dead Gods has it all. An action/adventure game that takes you to the dark temple which holds divine power and with the corrupted guardians’ hunting you down, this is where your extensive arsenal of ruthless daggers and swords comes into play.
Curse Of The Dead Gods is one of the finest strategy-based games we’ve seen in a while. And the mechanics, which are pretty similar to the one in Dota 2, offer a flawless experience of smashing the most dangerous monsters of the realm. And with plenty of traps sewn into the very fabric of time, one must always be aware of its surroundings to be able to live and tell the tale.
The astonishing plot backed by criminally good gameplay and combat mechanics makes up such an intriguing game that you’ll be hooked for hours. And the 20-hour long gameplay offers more than enough to satisfy your cravings to solve different puzzles and take the fight to the most notorious guardians and the corrupted monsters of the realm.
A Cyberpunk-styled RPG with flawless voice acting, great combat mechanics, and otherworldly visuals, The Ascent is the most underrated RPG of the year 2021. It’s an RPG developed by Neon Giant which is heavily inspired by the textbook Cyberpunk settings. Featuring everything from wild robotically-enhanced spiders to rats equivalent of giants, The Ascent’s incredible gameplay makes it an incredible RPG of our time.
Aesthetically, The Ascent looks incredibly good with the perfectly-lit world and the short cinematic shots further contribute to the beauty of the game. Although, the plot could’ve been a bit better and a tad bit faster but, for those who are in for its combat, won’t be complaining much about it.
Featuring everything from character customization to Diablo-style combat mechanics, The Ascent offers up a whooping 15-hour campaign along with many side quests. And with the co-op feature allowing you to bring a friend, The Ascent offers an enjoyable experience that you don’t expect from a cyberpunk-inspired shooter, especially after what happened with Cyberpunk 2077.
Mundaun is a psychological game that dominated the horror-game genre this year with its epic tale backed by flawless gameplay. Although failed to attract a large audience, Mundaun’s slogan of ‘not for the faint-hearted’ attracted many fans of the genre to get their hands on this one and most of them were pleased with what Mundaun has to offer.
Mundaun told the dark story of a man investigating the death of his grandfather under suspicious circumstances and as he starts his investigation, monstors and ghosts of folk-lore start to appear and cause mayhem for him. The dark theme of the game makes it a bit harder for gamers to locate different spots on the map and unrealistic gameplay could’ve been a bit better.
Nevertheless, the frightening story and other fear elements in the game make Mundaun one of the scariest games we’ve seen in a while. It’s an astonishing game all around but I repeat, it’s not for the faint-hearted and if you’re into horror games, you should check this out yourself.
Ruined King: A League of Legends
Combining medieval settings with turn-based tactics, Ruined King: A League of Legends is an RPG that offers well-paced gameplay backed by an excellent plot. Featuring a wide variety of RPG elements into play including a novel-style dialogue system, versatile turn-based combat tactics, and stunning visuals that’ll make you never want to take your eyes off the screen.
Although the settings and the characters are inspired by League of Legends, the story and the character-building is displayed in such a manner that anyone playing Ruined King for the first time won’t be confused. Furthermore, the turn-based combat tactics are almost lost in newly-released games, however, Ruined King features flawless turn-based combat tactics that will need to be mastered in order to beat the most notorious bosses of the realm.
Aside from its excellent turn-based combat, Ruined King offers a deep narrative into the plot using comic-inspired cinematics. And with a wide world where players can roam and find interesting runes, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life.
Oddworld: Soulstorm is a one of a kind platform/puzzle game that’ll give you creepy vibes. It isn’t the characters that are designed to scare you, the gameplay is equally challenging and once you’ve made your way through the most mind-buzzing pathways, kudos, you deserve a pat on the back.
An extremely difficult game that emphasises thinking outside the box, challenging your enemies and relying on patience. Oddworld, with all its oddities, do make up for an excellent game. Although, the bugs in this game have been known to contribute to your already burning rage, all-in-all, Oddworld: Soulstorm is worth a look.
While Oddworld: Soulstorm is a unique platform game, it just doesn’t appeal to the majority of gamers. It is for that reason that Oddworld: Soulstorm is one of the most underrated games of 2021. Lastly, if you’re into solving intense puzzles, Oddworld: Soulstorm is right up your alley.
That’s all folks!