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.

Shadows of the Damned
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Original Release: 2011

Shadows of the Damned, like so many other games that we’ve covered briefly in this Hidden Gems feature, is weird and tough to approach. Critics were split on the game; some finding its bizarre nature a little tough to swallow, while others applauded its lunacy.

That’s what this game is. It’s crazy.

Its over-the-top humor and ridiculous violence will likely do one of two things for you, the potential gamer. Either they will pull you in and make this one heck of an experience, or they’ll force you out and have you shaking your head the entire time.

Shadows of the Damned is a mixed bag. It’s got its fair share of problems, but they’re often possible to overlook if you’re enjoying the expeirnece as it’s meant to be enjoyed. It’s a weird, weird game. But, because it was designed at the hands of Goichi Suda and Grasshopper Manufacture (No More Heroes), those familiar with work from the same minds will know what to expect.

This title is available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. If you look, you’ll be able to find it used for right around $10 or $20. At that price, it’s well worth the trek.

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

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