#10: Suikoden IV (PS2)
At Number Ten, Konami's Suikoden IV. Not groundbreaking, nor an achievment, also said to be called a step-back in Suikoden's revolutionary RPGs, Suikoden IV takes little credit than it actually deserves. After the amazing Suikoden III, fans were expecting a golden winner in the next installment, but what they got left them angry and disappointed. Does anyone not see the beauty in this great installment? Though, the battle system was more simiplistic than Suikoden III, it was still fun. There were actually 3 ways of combat, which Konami put some good work into, including their original Ship battling. In regular battling they actually let you switch characters, which was a good thing. Though a little bland, this game does it.
At Number Nine, the sequel to Parasite Eve for Playstation. Though repetative, this game knocks most sequels out of the ring. You're still the heroine, Aya Brea, who has now retired from the NYPD. Unlike it's father game, Parasite Eve II is more of a shooter, than an RPG. Most people probably weren't fond of the idea of the game converting. They also completely got rid of the leveling-up system and left it up to the player to use their skills to get through. There were also over 20 weapons to choose from, which you can strategize with in order to survive. The Parasite System in which PE was popular for, is revamped and is the "Magic" source in the game. Despite the bad reviews, this game is a great sequel, possibly even better than the original PE.
At Eight, the eighth installment of Final Fantasy, the epic love-story, Final Fantasy VIII. Despite what others may say, this game is underrated. This game is probably the most controversial of the FF franchise, argued whether or not it sucks or it rocks. It's because people don't like change, that this game is disliked. FFVIII's battle system was very unique and different from the previous installments. The level system and everything else was changed. Enemies level up with you, so it's always going to be a challenge. You cannot purchase equipment, either. Upgrading equipment meant remodeling them with tools, which seems like a pain to a lot of people. Despite the massive changes, FFVIII was very original, with a great plot and a great battle system. I guess some people just don't understand that this isn't Final Fantasy VII.
At Seven, the third installment of Wild ARMs, Wild ARMs 3. This was the first Wild ARMs to feature a girl as the main character. Whilst Wild ARMs 1 and 2 did pretty good, Wild ARMs 3 didn't do as great. It wasn't really disliked, it was just.. "plain." A lot of people don't like the theme, "in the Wild West," especially since this game is infiltrated with cowboy themes. To be honest, I didn't like it much, even after playing WA 1 and 2, that is, until 3 came out. Unlike the other two, in WA3, all the characters uses ARMs. Nothing else but gunslinging action and your source of magic, Guardians. You also can't run from battles, but it's all worth it for the leveling up. Despite being released in 2002, this game wasn't voice acted, but it still manages to bring out the best in the "Wild West."
At Number Six, Nintendo's Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Despite what others may say, this game is pretty underrated. While many thought Nintendo went insane, releasing a "kiddy" version of Zelda to the Gamecube, others thought otherwise. This game is also very controversial in the debate of being "good" or not. Though the graphics are very childish, it's actually quite captivating, bringing out the cel-shading uniqueness that the game has to offer. The battle system hasn't really changed since Zelda's Ocarina of Time, but it still manages to catch you with its addicting swings and slashes. It's a great game to add to your collection.
At Number Five, the ONLY Final Fantasy game on Gamecube, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. Despite the bad reviews, this game has its ups and downs. It's RPG-ish and Action-ish at the same time, and you control it differently from the other Final Fantasy's in general, using your Gameboy Advance as your controler. The leveling up system is comprised of artifacts at the end of each battle, which can boost your status, depending on what you choose. This game is also very tatic-oriented and may require some thinking to get further in. Despite the generally bad looks, this game is a good one.
At Four, the successor of the GBA-GC linkage, Nintendo's Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures. Second of three underrated Zelda games, this game also stands tall with Wind Waker, along with the disputes of being good or not. This game was just as unique as FF:CC, using the GBA-GC linking tool, and delivering with it. This time, instead of Link himself, there are four Links! That's Four Times the Adventure. This game is a mix of Zelda: Wind Waker's graphics and Zelda: Minish Cap's graphics, which make a great combination. The Battle System was also pretty unique, letting you fight with all Four Links at the same time, or picking which one you want to fight with, while the others just sit there. Some of the puzzles require strategies, but are no sinch, as there are four of you to help. Another great Zelda game, yet it has been unseen by many.
At Three, the terribly underrated sequel of Nintendo's Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Zelda: Majora's Mask. Many find this to be a horrible sequel of the outstanding game, Z:OoT. Many find the story to be the weakest point of the game, while I find it to be the strongest. Why, you ask? Because the, "SAVE PRINCESS ZELDA, LINK!" trend is getting old. This game turns it around a lot. Instead of saving the princess, Link has to save the world. Another great aspect of this game are the Masks. Link can equip masks which changes him or gives him special abilites. Being the sequel of OoT, Majora's Mask took quite a few aspects into the changing process of the Masks. At the begginning of the game, Link is transformed into a Deku. The changing process is quite entertaining. Short, but sweet, Zelda: Majora's Mask is one of the greatest sequels of all-time.
At Number Two, Namco's Tales of Legendia. Like Suikoden IV, this is also considered a step-back in it's popular franchise, Tales of. This is the "Final Fantasy VIII" of Tales, constantly being compared with the "Final Fantasy VII" of Tales, Tales of Symphonia. Most people criticize this game because of its battle system. Why can't people understand the uniqueness that is, Tales of Legendia? The battle system is taken back to the single-line field. This was also the first Tales game in which the main character used his fists to fight. Despite being single-lined, the battle system is still great, delivering in what we call "fun". The characters suited the game, and showed how they changed the overall impact on the story, providing large hints of romance, anger, and humor. Despite being widely unpopular, Tales of Legendia is probably the best Tales of game.
At Number One, the widely unpopular ninth installment of Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy IX. While this game had no huge issues, it is still criticized as a "failure" in the Final Fantasy series. The timing of the game in America also didn't catch on, as it was released around the time of the release of the Sony Playstation 2. Though the Battle System hasn't changed much from the other Final Fantasy's, it's still very fun. It's more of a "repetative, but fun" battle system. The story is something that could have probably made this game revolutionary. You start off as a theif named Zidane, who has been ordered to kidnap a girl named, Princess Garnet. As the story develops, you begin to see changes in all the characters, as well as the semi-romance between Zidane and Garnet. Final Fantasy IX is the most unpopular Final Fantasy. If this game was out-there, just a bit more, then maybe it would have been the next Final Fantasy VII, popularity-wise, of course.
In the world of video games, there are indeed the greatest, and the worst. The overrated, and the underrated. Perhaps the world of the video games will always be like this. However, there will always be the people who awknowledges the underrated.
List by AhouTenks (02/20/2007)
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