In this weekly column, we’ll be selecting inexpensive, discarded titles from still playable consoles for your perusal. They may be games you’ve heard of and remember playing, or they may be games that have flown completely off of your radar. Just know that we love them and they’re available on the cheap. That’s a bonafide win/win situation.
If you have any favorite titles that you consider hidden gems, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your pick in the weekly column.
Platform: PlayStation 3
Original Release: September 22nd, 2009
Okay, yes, I may be stretching my definition of “Hidden Gems” a bit here; but, I feel like Katamari Forever stands as an overlooked game simply because of its distance from the original and its sequel. The first Katamari was brilliant, the second was great, and then the slope got a little too slippery. By the time Beautiful Katamari dropped for the Xbox 360, the series has become little more than a cash-in. The game was flat, unoriginal and uninspired.
Up comes Katamari Forever. This game stands as the triumphant return to what made Katamari so darn special. And, on top of that original charm, the game has a ton of content, is available in 1080p, packs original graphical filters, an incredible soundtrack of new songs and remixes, more cousins than you’d even care to count and a downright ridiculous premise.
What makes this game even more likeable under the Hidden Gems banner is that it’s going for around $15 online, new. If you’ve ever loved Katamari or even had an interest in the title, Katamari Forever is an exceptional way to experience the franchise on current consoles. And, since the PSN is still down, this single player offering might be a welcome distraction.
Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.