With franchises like the Legend of Zelda, Mass Effect, and Call of Duty making the headlines, there are many games that are ignored or overlooked entirely. So I want to call to attention some fantasy and sci-fi related video games games that weren't seen, but still deserve some recognition.
Keep in mind that this list is in no particular order, and some of them (actually, a lot of them) aren't for everybody, but they are games I've enjoyed, so I am personally biased towards them. This is particularly obvious when you realize the majority of the list are JRPGs. So without further ado, let's begin.
1. Rune Factory Series
Systems: DS, 3DS, Wii, PS3
Play if: You enjoy the Harvest Moon series or want a simulation game where you can also fight monsters.
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Just like in Harvest Moon, you can farm, interact with the villagers in your town, and eventually marry. All installments feature a male protagonists, but only recently can you play as a female and woo the guy of your dreams (there is a slight exception in Rune Factory 2, but it doesn't really count). You may then have a child, though they tend not to have a big role (Again, there is an exception with Rune Factory 2).
I personally recommend Rune Factory 2 on the DS. It's my favorite installment in the series. However, if you want something a little more recent, you should play Rune Factory 4. The characters are interesting, and the story line is pretty good.
2. Zero Escape Series
Systems: DS, 3DS, PS Vita
Play if: You enjoy somewhat difficult puzzle games, visual novels, plot twists, and being under a form of stress.
3. Weapon Shop de Omasse
Play if: You want to play a JRPG-referencing, self-aware game, or have a quirky sense of humor and have time to spend.
4. The Last Remnant
Systems: Xbox 360, PC (retail and Steam)
Play if: you like turn-based battle systems, have generally good luck and a PC, or want to see a new fantasy world.
5. Eternal Sonata
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3
Play if: You like classical music, want to try a different battle system, or just want to try out a new RPG.
Play if: Like karma systems, games that break the fourth wall, and like weird space dogs (shh, he thinks he's a cat)
This game first came out when I was in the middle of elementary school, and it legitimately put me in awe. The battle system is nice, and I spent hours completely all the sidequests and getting as many weapons as I could. The dialogue was witty, even though there are several grammatical errors. I liked collecting all of the 'girlfriends', meeting new NPCs (My favorite is Nadia), discovering new lands; there's so much to experience. Of course, there are annoyances and flaws. The battle system can be hard and repetitive, and the game sometimes doesn't tell you what to do (I literally spent about two hours beating a boss before the Professor told me how to make it easier, and that's my most recent playthrough). Terry's hair always bothered me, because it's brown in-game while it's really black. I suggest you to play it, even if it's older.
7. Risk of Rain
Systems: PC, PS Vita (Upcoming)
Play if: You work well under pressure, and enjoy side scrolling platformers.
The game is almost entirely randomized, from the map to the spawn location to even the location of the bosses. Risk of Rain is extremely difficult, and it's impossible not to die several times before you get the hang of it. There are ten characters with different skills and benefits to them to help the player along. Also, there are over 100 items that have different effects, and all of them are beneficial.
This game was originally not on my list, but was suggested by the president of this club. It was, he said, "F***ing hard." And it's true. You will absolutely die. But that does not mean it isn't fun. Its rogue-like elements are great, and its old-school style is charming. It's fun and absolutely worth all the time you may put into it.