It's no secret that not all games receive the attention they deserve. Some truly deserve it, but for some reason—maybe they're too quirky, target a niche audience, etc.—they just don't get it. Here are ten games that have come out or are on their way that deserve some serious recognition.
The open world RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning certainly wasn't a failure; in fact, it actually sold well enough and scored some solid reviews. Unfortunately, it was overshadowed by a few things, like releasing within a year of Skyrim, and its developer's very public demise. Reckoning is a great game with a gorgeous art style, some neat loot, and great DLC, and it could've marked the beginning of an MMO with fantastic potential. Unfortunately, it didn't do well enough to save the sinking ship that was the studio that created it.
From the beginning, Dear Esther was destined for a very modest reception. It's not so much a game as it is a small slice of another world, driven entirely by dialogue you hear as you explore an empty and hauntingly beautiful world. It's short, taking roughly 30 minutes to complete, but it's also unforgettable. On the bright side, Amnesia: The Dark Descent developer Frictional Games saw the potential in indie studio thechineseroom and now they're hard at work on Amnesia's sequel, A Machine for Pigs.
Syndicate was doomed from the beginning. It was a bizarre attempt to breathe new life into a long dead RTS franchise. The only problem is their "modernizing" of the game transformed it in a FPS, so fans of the series weren't interested because it was changed too drastically and newcomers who would buy an FPS had no idea what it was. With that said, Syndicate was still a fantastic shooter with brilliant co-op that makes it more than worth your time if you're looking for a fun way to get your shooter fix.