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Criminally Underrated Games

We share our favorite videogames, plus a few picks from Vince Zampella (Respawn Entertainment) and Neil Druckmann (Naughty Dog)

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1. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
LucasArts’ Atlantis is a brainteasing puzzler, a grand adventure — and one of the best-written videogames, period. (Rated E; PC)

2. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 1994
A brilliantly weird Mario offshoot, Wario Land mixes quirky level design with a philosophy of addictive greed. It’s Nintendo’s The Wolf of Wall Street. (Rated E; Nintendo eShop)

3. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 1999
The gothic revenge tale about a resurrected vampire largely flew under the radar, but its atmospheric blend of action and puzzles begs for a next-gen reboot. (Rated M; PC, PSN)

4. Syphon Filter 1999
A defining ’90s artifact, it discovered a just-right middle ground between GoldenEye 007 gunplay and Metal Gear Solid stealth, and its blocky graphics look positively charming now. (Rated T; PSN)

5. Beyond Good & Evil 2003
A photojournalist uses her camera (and a daï-jo staff) to thwart an alien conspiracy in this strange, fantastic spin on the Zelda formula. (Rated T; PC, PSN)

6. Psychonauts 2005
This platformer about a camp for psychic kids was initially met with poor sales, but it brims with vivid imagination, humor, and intelligence. (Rated T; Mac, PC)

7. Mirror’s Edge 2008
One of the very few good things to come out of the late-’00s parkour craze, this first-person rooftop run-and-jumper is pure adrenalized action. (Rated T; PS3, Xbox 360)

8. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West 2010
Oddly, a postapocalyptic take on a classic 16th-century Chinese novel didn’t connect with gamers, though it should have. (Rated T; PS3, Xbox 360)

9. Catherine 2011
A man cheats on his girlfriend with a possibly figmental woman and is punished by dream monsters representing his fear of commitment in a game that’s part Haruki Murakami and part Q*bert. (Rated M; PS3, Xbox 360)

Vince Zampella: My Pick
Respawn Entertainment, Call of Duty, Titanfall
Viva Piñata “Maybe it was because I played it with my kids, but these games were just really fun and colorful.”

Neil Druckmann: My Pick
Naughty Dog, Uncharted, The Last of Us
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly “I think a good scary game is scarier than any film out there. My wife was watching me play this one, and she actually said, ‘I can’t do this anymore’ and had to walk away.”