niche/obscure games Anonymous 23387
looking for game recs but i'm somewhat sick of normie stuff. what are some games that you enjoy but are not known at all?
Not known at all or just not really popular? I like the Faith series, if you like religious/occult/metal stuff I think you'll like it
Mischief Makers for N64 is like the anti normie game. Check it out.
I wouldn't call it niche but Edna and Harvey: the Breakout is one of the best games I've ever played, and the sequel is pretty good too. I've never met anyone who's played it
heres a pretty unknown game called ayakashi akashi, ive never seen anyone else talk about it. great game but only goes up to chaptr one: https://vgperson.com/games/ayakashi.htm
many of the other games on vgperson's website are unknown treasures too.
this one is way more polished but is still being currently finished and goes up to chapter 3 section b, amazing story i totally recommend your turn to die/kimi ga shine. has a female protag you play as that isnt sexualised nor relies on men. https://vgperson.com/games/yourturntodie.htm
both are playable both in browser and are also downloadable. picrel is the cast of your turn to die, happy gaming!
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Sanitarium is worth checking out if psychological point and clicks are your thing.
I remember the Creature games being fun, but the last time I played those was well over a decade ago so I'm unsure if it holds up. You hatch these weird things, take care of them, and watch them explore.
I would recommend checking out gog for some weird/obscure old games that most people have forgotten about.
Those Japanese PS2 horror games, like Rule of Rose, Haunting Ground, or Parasite Eve, were cool, but those are kind of "normie obscure." I still recommend them though.>>23395
Those games are great. Definitely read the reviews though for troubleshooting the bugs those games have.>>23403
Vgperson has a lot of rpgmaker games that have fallen into obscurity, too, like the Strange Men games or Bevel's Painting, if that's what op is looking for. The LiEat games, made by the same person who made Ayakashi Akashi, have some great pixel art and music. The story in each is alright, too. You play as a dragon who eats lies and partner up with a con artist to solve a different case in each game.
Link to their translated games to look through: https://vgperson.com/games/
Memories of Fear has some translated old rpgmaker games, too, like Peret em Heru: For the Prisoners. That one takes place in an Egyptian pyramid's secret crypt with a group of tourists. There's a part where you can kill off the creepy sexpest character in the tour group by letting a sand demon strangle him to death.
It's kinda grindy though.
Link to their list to look through: https://memoriesoffear.jcink.net/index.php?showforum=9
There's also Aedemphia. It's an rpgmaker game a French guy has been working on for about 20 years that I'm mainly recommending because of how beautiful the pixel art in it looks. He has a game out, but it's only two-thirds completed and in French last I checked. https://www.aedemphia-rpg.net/
That's about all I can think of off the top of my head. Hopefully it helps you find what you're looking for.
Embric of Wulfhammer's Castle by Saint Bomber. It's an RPG Maker that was posted on /u/ and that you can download here: https://aeresland.net/
Pretty great, if you're a fan of yuri. It has Warhammer 50k and DnD references which went over my head since I've never played those, but it's pretty funny regardless.
You can also find the sequel Marquess of Notoriety from the link, but it's currently unfinished.
Hatoful Boyfriend is a pigeon dating sim. I don't know if it's that niche but it is totally absurd and pretty cute.
! Sanitarium is such a good game. I always search for a point and click game that really grabs me like that but that game is one of a kind.
I like tracking down obscure games where you get to play as a girl. Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat is an overlooked game on the PS2 and Xbox that I thought was very fun, it is rough around the edges but it is good exploration-based pirate fun with a ginger girl
I am captain of the Lollipop Chainsaw fan club, it is a really entertaining beat-em-up
Primal is a cool PS2 action adventure game
i wish there were a /v/ board on here
I would say Guilty Gear but unfortunately normies have found out about it recently :_) you can still try it out though
Also Disciples, the only people who still play it are my fellow russians lol, seems like depressive dark fantasy really attracts the russkies. Mb Kenshi, it's a veeery strange and unusual game though. System Shock, but it's probably is going to be invaded by normies soon given that it's first part is getting a remake. I am sure I can recommend more, but I kind of forgot everything about my gaming preferences, given that I got really bored of video games lately
What no one is going to recommend deadly premonition? Kek anyway try d trilogy
Good game. People really backlashed against David Cage but his games aren't bad just different. Detroit: Become Human is really underrated
Pretty sure Deadly Premonition isn't a David Cage game it's just a Twin Peaks ripoff in game-form. Also Detroit: Become Human sucks ass.
Ah I confused it with Indigo Prophecy.
Wizardry 7 also if you enjoy logic games.
>>23443>twin peaks ripoff
It's really not, you definitely haven't played it. There is a reason why it's a cult classic. It took plenty of inspiration from tp, but 1) the plot is completely different and 2) it's way more entertaining due to japanese absurdism and the contrast of comical moments with the serious stuff (twin peaks was some boring ass shit, even it's diehard fans admit that it's tedious to watch till the end). Also the characters are unexpectedly good written. Plus the ridiculous """gameplay""" is the thing that actually makes such a plot centric game enjoyable instead of annoying and boring like Alice madness returns, you just don't really care about the game part of deadly premonition and probably laugh your ass off at wackiness of it, meanwhile in amr you get constant butthurts from repetitive fights and endure all the gameplay for the sake of getting to the plotline already.
Farenheit is also really good
I really enjoyed Murdered: Soul Suspect and I don't know anyone else who's played it. If you like 3d adventure games, detective stories, ghosts, and/or the concept of Salem, Massachusetts it might be up your alley.
a toilet in wonderland
play vampire the masquerade: bloodlines for a charming game with great rpg elements and fun characters and worldbuilding. its a buggy mess and has a downright masochistic combat system so remember to download the unofficial patch
Mad world on Wii is great
It starts showing it's flaws in the castle area and beyond but over all it's a great game
I wish platinum would give an hd remake for it
I hope something comes out of Paralives.
>Tales of Maj’Eyal
>Plague Tale: Innocence
>The Longest Journey
Freelancer ALPHA-ONE-DASH-ONE. I'M SCANNING YOUR CARGOBAY FOR CONTRABAND
Old games are too expensive and I'm too dumb to emulate :(
>>23577>buying games>buying old games
It's too hard, fuck BIOS I don't understand it
Depending on what console you're emulating, you won't need to download BIOS.
IIRC that's only necessary for consoles such as PlayStation, PS2, Switch (?), etc.
Which "old games" do you want to play?
It's as difficult to get the BIOS for a particular emulator as it is to get a particular game for one. It's just a file sis.
How do you even manage to breathe?
I wanted to play a PC Engine CD game. Somehow I got it working and even got the english patch installed so I feel proud, I'm enjoying it so far. I always got frustrated in the past trying to emulate consoles that need BIOS but now I understand it better.>>23594
>>23595>I wanted to play a PC Engine CD game.
Oh, that's pretty cool! Which game is it?
Playstation 2 emulator, despite needing a BIOS, is really easy to use in my experience. Usually a BIOS is linked in the same location as the game you're downloading. Then you just add it to the file for the emulator and use the emulator to search for the BIOS. There are walkthroughs online and also videos explaining how to do it.
Galaxy Fraulein Yuna, an old adventure game, they made an anime out of it.
Yuna is kind of a typical ditzy cheerful magical girl but I like it so far. It is always really cool when one of these really wordy weeby games gets translated. Up until Phoenix Wright and the DS there really weren't a lot of these games available in the english but there's a lot of them buried on these old systems.
I can tell your age based off of the fact that you don't know how insanely popular this was.
I know, most of these games aren't really obscure, just old.
mentioned a few games off vgperson.com but i haven't seen any mention of alice mare, completely underrated game with an amazing story and fun puzzle-based gameplay
beautiful art too
not obscure at all, it's the new dumb flavor of the month thing.
Wait did it become popular recently or what? I've played it, not as hard hitting as I thought it would be, and pretty boring honestly. Very clearly inspired by yume nikki, might be the only good thing about it lol
If VTubers have played it it's not obscure.
The only thing that relates it to YN are cheap callbacks and cameos, it's nothing like YN.
I really don't like Omori and I can't tell you why exactly. I grew up on RPGMaker games, and this one feels extremely soulless.
the shenmue (1 and 2) is worth a try if you like character-driven rpgs! it's easy to emulate, if you're not against that.
weren't they ported to pc? or is the pc port bad?
I haven't played it yet but sumire looks cute
i don't believe there's anything wrong with the pc port, as long as you use a controller. the keyboard controls are quite weird.>>23801
dreamcast emulation has always been a struggle for me. has it gotten better recently, or did you emulate the xbox ports?
Can someone blackpill me on why it's dumb of me to want a physical copy of the games I play? I'm already aware it's very materialistic, and consciously denounce it, but for some reason I can't shake the feeling that it's just more ~special~. This is particularly problematic when we're talking about obscure games.
Also, I have plenty from my childhood, like tron bonne (if you consider that obscure) and a bunch of DS games, so it isn't like I'm lacking.
Obviously there's been many exceptions, like with PC games.
i don't think it's dumb anonette. digital ownership isn't real
Yeah, I know it isn't completely invalid. It's just…I kind of just want to play stuff and not worry about it. For example if it's a really old game, there's 0 shame in emulating it imo. Most of the stuff I'd want to mess with have no modern-day port and are hyper-expensive used.
To explain it, it's like 50% of me wants a physical copy and nags the other half, while the other 50% of me doesn't because it's both expensive and I care way more about the actual experience of playing a game.
The magic and innocence of playing those old games is just hard to replicate even with original hardware.
And if that doesn't sound bad enough…
Hear about the limited printed games? I'm kind of interested in getting some because I have a fear of missing out. I haven't yet out of pure discipline, but just having the temptation is bothersome. Don't want to fall prey to collector-bait.
*to clarify, I prefer old games but I still get the need to sometimes own newer titles. some remasters of my old faves came out that really tempt me.
I'm pro-piracy for many reasons but I totally know what you mean and I also like to own physical copies (though I rarely do). I think it's just because we like to physically collect things in general. A shelf full of neatly arranged games looks nice. But I don't have enough physical copies of games for that and it's alright.
i don't think it's wrong to want physical copies and to want to collect. playing a game on the original hardware is a better experience. but i understand wanting to curb the habit, since games are getting so expensive these days. nowadays if you wanted a copy of tron bonne, it's 200 dollars minimum, and that's just the game disc alone, no case or manual or anything. NES games i got for 10 dollars out of a bin when i was a kid are now 60 dollars each. i think emulation is a great thing, it's been a very long time since i bought a physical game, but collecting is nice, i think it really is more special, just don't buy things you can't afford.
same question as OP but what about multiplayer ones? I'm looking for some games I can play over hamachi
fatum betula. One of them artsy indie games but still pretty great.
I've always wanted to play this. The soundtrack is awesome.
Try playing the Lisa series.
The best way is to start with Lisa the first and then play the other games.
It is not very niche but it has dark themes and that puts off many people.
Literally wanted to recommend Lisa before scrolling all the way down. Also I would recommend a really niche game called “Binary domain”. It was made by the creators of Yakuza and is what Detroit wanted to be but couldn’t (also it has gameplay)
Good taste anons, Ive played some of your recs and plan to check out more. Obscure games are my thing. I could make a list but I'll just recommend something I played recently:
Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk, and its sequel Milk outside a bag outside a bag of milk
Why I recommend: Visual novel, female protag, interesting dialogue with feels, surreal and creepy atmosphere. The games are short enough to be completed in one sitting.
Might as well ask–has there been anything very cool that has came out that's a bit similar to Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea? Played it and a few like it many years ago. I also played through the less obscure Omori recently, though it was super different.
I like it when the horror elements aren't too explicit.
ah binary domain, one of the few games where your choices actually matter
Can anyone recommend some games similar to Morrowwind and the first two Fallout games? I like games with a broad amount of dialogue options and quests that you can approach however way you want.
Wasteland 3 is a recent game that fits your description perfectly. It has insane option choices and is a really good turn-based strategy rpg
Moon Hunters! I got this through Humble Bundle and the art caught my eye.
Decision making, exploration, nice soundtrack, rogue-like. Good co-op too, nice replayability. It surprised me.
kek I came ITT to post this, glad to see similar taste
Well consider me one, I just finished it! What ending
did you choose? I chose listen to Harvey