This isn't so much about hidden gems of games that no one heard of but were still really good. This is about games that ended up getting 5.0 ratings or maybe even lower by editors, and either slightly higher or lower by gamers (speaking of which, I find many games, not all though, are greatly influenced by game reviews and tend to pre-judge a game based on what someone else perceives as bad). But sometimes a game is simply controversial, perhaps because of religious aspects that question western (or eastern) beliefs, or something in it was overly offensive (perhaps sexually), or it was simply hyped up so much it couldn't fill the requirements upon launch. Sometimes, in rare cases, editors give good reviews, and gamers then say a game sucks.
This could be any game, any platform, and from any era.
My fiance loved Final Fantasy X-2, but a lot of people didn't like it. Perhaps because it seemed more feminine of a game in a masculine ran market, something that's been changing a bit lately (if only a bit).
I remember some old nintendo games that no one else would touch, but I would salivate over. I've always had a thing for history, and perhaps the most forgotten, underrated Mario game of all time was Mario's Time Machine. I couldn't get enough of that game, for whatever god unknown reason, but I know no one else cared for it in the least. When it comes to games with historical aspects I suck them up like candy. I can't get enough, no matter how good or bad it is. Granted, when Mario's Time Machine came out (1993), I was only 10 years old, so it was easy for me to get into it. It was perhaps one of the most educational of Mario games, if not most of all games in that era (on consoles at least).
A fighting game on N64, Dark Rift, captivated my attention to no end, as well as both of my brothers. We played it non-stop on rental, and even renewed the rental once or twice. We must've mastered every mode and difficulty, details of which I forget. That game was rated 5.4 on average (mediocre). My friends at the time couldn't understand why I liked it, as they only raved about Street Fighter and Samurai Shodown, but I still loved it.
As I'm writing this I've realized that a lot of the "not so good" games I played and enjoyed were in the 90's, and before I had internet to read endless amounts of reviews and shop before I bought, or even rented. Perhaps I've been more influenced on buying decisions than I realized, but after joining GOG, I've played many games that many young gamers and only AAA gamers would consider terrible, solely on graphics, but also on mechanics. Much of my history was on consoles. My PC life has unfortunately seen more MMO's than anything, so my PC experience has been limited before GOG. I'll think more about that though. MMO's to me is it's category of games, to be judged separately (I can't buy them on ebay 20 years from now and have it necessarily work).
Oh yeah...and here's a Blade of Darkness code :D