Obscure games that are actually great thread.
Space Station 13
Worlds was amazing to explore. The regulars are probably still sitting in that lobby right now. I won a premium subscription for a year in a trivia contest, but never felt right hanging around them. It's like they're from another time.
I g-guess these are obscure
>Treasures of the Deep
>Dong Dong Never Die
I'm still fucking pissed off at that E3 presentation. "We all love Vib Ribbon so much! Let's talk about it, show gameplay of it, roll out the creator, but not announce shit to do with it!". What was the fucking point?
Anyone else play this back when it was worlds 3D chat? Before all the shitty mall and party house areas? The obelisk? the observatory? Glitching through walls to get to secret hiding places? The pond?
I dunno. It was a different time. Simply talking to someone else on the internet in real time was interesting back then.
dont you mean?
Zanac. Download the rom today if you can, it was way ahead of its time for a shootemup.
This game was pretty good
That one arcade game that was deliberately made as the mind of a psychopath. Cute and fluffy or something along those lines.
Space Station 13 is hardly obscure, OP.
This game is just full of "cool shit", rewarding exploration with breakable walls leading to hidden dungeons and treasure rooms and shit like that, cool mechanics like monsters being generated holding the same randomly rolled items that you use, and when you kill them they drop the actual item they've been attacking you with for YOU to pick up as loot.
Development is slow as fuck, but at this point it definitely seems like a game worth supporting.
Creeper World 3 - RTS where you fight against a spreading grey goo-like thing using a variety of weapon towers and structures
AI War: Fleet Command - An RTS where you try to defeat one of the most intelligent and fiendishly difficult video game AI's ever made. Beating it on its hardest setting is considered a bug.
Gadget Trial - Advance Wars clone featuring cute robot girls blasting the shit out of other slightly less cute robot girls
I'm so fucking moist, been waiting for it to play again since it was "released".
Somehow forgot to mention EDF 2025
EDF is not obscure.
AI War is not obscure.
SS13 is not osbcure.
The typing of the dead is absolutely not obscure.
That said, with the viscous regurgitation of content by primal recyclers of pop culture it is hard for anything to be obscure. Plenty of games, albeit none of the ones mentioned above, would easily fall under the glass umbrella of obscure if not for individuals such as Pewdiepie, Markiplier and the like desecrating the sanctity of rarity by launching games into the common collective.
In the almost ten years of me browsing /v/, I have never once seen anyone else mention AI War. As for EDF, I'll admit that's pushing the definition, it's really just notably unpopular.
no it isnt.
Just because something is on steam doesnt mean it isnt obscure. There are plenty of games practically nobody knows about released on steam, especially now since they are hidden under a constant flood of shovelware.
What does a game need to be considered obscure? Do I have to browse the mariana trench of the deep web to find a game in which I'm literally the only person who has played it?
It is on steam, though. And no, steam isn't to the level of aggregation that it drowns other content. Especially not during AI Wars release.
As for what I'd consider obscure:
Up to, but not exceeding, local popularity (this is not the same as niche popularity or general lack of popularity);
Not touched by a known recycler or distributor;
Uncommon platform or distribution circle.
>mfw this based indie dev has kept silent on this whole debacle
>mfw he keeps rereleasing his best games every few years to get them up to date with current OSes
>mfw they're STILL GOOD even after all these years
So pretty much just doujinsoft?
I bet you'll tell me something like Elemental Gimmick Gear isn't obscure just because I bought it at Best Buy, even though it's among the most obscure games released in America on Dreamcast
The internet makes it impossible for there to be any obscure games, this thread is proof enough of that. either nobody knows of a game, and thus it would never be posted, or enough people know of it for it to no longer be obscure.
Oh i remember that, what a shitty Serious Sam clone that was
Pic related is great forgotten sci-fi RTS/RPG
This is another obscure game from Czech Republic, it's a fairly good action stealth game in Russia
Xenus I & II
Chase the Express
Yuuyami Doori Tankentai
Worlds was, quite frankly, a very odd and unsettling place to visit.
I accidentally stumbled upon it last year and never went back. Here's some of my highlights:
>A lot of the rooms had long been abandoned and couldnt be edited for decor, so you had a whole lot of early 2000s themes and music....but poorly rendered. It was like wandering into a badly-kept museum of naughties pop-culture.
>Also one time I realised I was just being followed around by someone who's avatar was a giant spider wearing a hat. For about an hour straight, didn't speak to me, just followed me around everywhere.
>All those abandoned worlds that were just shrines to Britney Spears and the Spice Girls.
>I seem to remember there also being a woman who's avatar was a woman dressed in bondage gear, Marla I think her name was. Wherever she went this big group of other avatars just followed her around saying Hi Marla...Hi marla Hi marla etc.
Another one I quite like revisiting every now and then is Purefaction (the multiplayer mod for red faction 1)
This too was created around 2003, and theres a good 5000 player created maps still in circulation.
The decor, again, features a lot of naughties pop culture but also a FUCKING HUGE amount of references to the 2003 invasion of iraq. Nearly every player created map has some sort of imagery in the background somewhere. It's unsettling as fuck.
Also the even weirder thing is that the average age on there is about 14.
Im not saying this in a "huuurrrr kids on games are all 14 huurr" way...I literally mean everyone there is honest to god just a kid, they regularly ask you to pls stop saying cuss words and that they have to be in bed. Watching the chat is just ridiculous.... and this game came out before they were born....so how did they come across it and by extension purefaction? It's not like it was particuarly big.
Oh and I forgot to mention...
>5000 maps still in circulation
>Only around 30 regular players left.
>One big series of maps focuses on you being the size of a mouse, running around various rooms in the creators fantasy house....