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.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Original Release: November, 2010

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom was largely ignored when it released in the fall of 2010 because of the slate of games around it. The title dropped amidst other big games like Halo: Reach, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Call of Duty: Black Ops. It was, justifiably, pushed aside.

Now, this hidden gem of only a year in age stands as a nice change of pace when compared to the gun-toting romps that typically adorn every gamer’s play history. This is an adventure game set in a fantastic universe. You’ll meet an oafish creature called the Majin and team up with him in order to move about a world and save the day.

The title features a nice cooperative set of gameplay mechanics and clever puzzles. The combat, however, is a little bland. However, possibly the worst thing about the game, and what kept it from popping up on your radar back in 2010 aside from the games it launched with, is the voice acting. It’s bad. Really bad. If that sort of thing wears you down throughout a play experience, please, reconsider my recommendation.

Otherwise, for those willing to suffer through the voice acting, you’ll find a wonderful little game for a very cheap price point. In fact, you can probably score it brand new for less than $15.

Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.

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