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.

Syberia II
Platform: Xbox
Original Release: 2004

Syberia II is a strange, beautiful, fun and sometimes depressing adventure game that probably won’t find love with everyone who sees it. It’s a 3D title with simplistic controls.

There’s no dying, no murder and no scares. Your goal as the player is to get from one end of the linear storyline to the next by solving puzzles inside the game.

The experience of this sequel, though, is an incredible one. The narrative, though both abrupt and a bit saddening, is fantastic. The characters, the animations, the voice work (typically) and the pacing all create an experience that’s probably unlike anything you’ve played through on a gaming console.

Why’d we pick the sequel? Its polish and overall package make it the better game of the two available. The first is great, and if you like the look of this, then we suggest going for both. But, let it be known that the sequel is our pick for the best of the two.

Buying it new would be pricey, but you can land this sequel for right around $10 if you go the used route.

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

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