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.
3D Dot Game Heroes
Platform: PlayStation 3
Original Release: May 2010
Hopefully you’ve at least heard of 3D Dot Game Heroes. This Japanese import from Atlus sold something on the order of 160,000 copies by six months after its launch. I’d say that qualifies it for Hidden Gem status, regardless of the fact that it blew Atlus’ sales expectations out of the water.
3D Dot Game Heroes is a tribute to the retro age of adventure gaming. It’s practically a polite knock-off of Zelda, quite honestly, but it does so with such grace and justice that it feels more like a compliment than anything else. It’s whimsical, it’s addicting and it’s crazy rewarding.
And it is downright beautiful. The blocky, chunky, 3D art style of this lesser played PlayStation 3 classic earns it a spot as one of the prettiest games I’ve ever had the joy of owning. Here it is in motion:
I was actually handed a review copy from a friend (who’s probably reading this right now) but found the game to be so awesome that I went out and snagged it at retail. It’s dirt cheap now, more than a year after its American release, so be sure to buy it if your hankering for quality action on your PS3.
Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.