6 Video Games That Have Become Cult Classics
Whether you’re talking about movies, books, or video games, cult classics are special. What makes cult classic games special, and why a group of dedicated fans stick by them, is because they offer something popular games don’t. What that something is varies by game, but generally has to do with taking risks popular games can’t take.
The games below are all unique in one way or another. They offer experiences you can’t find in other games, popular or not. If you get a chance to play them, do it. You may not love every one, but you probably won’t regret seeing what all the fuss is about.
Rockstar Games may be best known for Grand Theft Auto, but it’s made a lot more games than that over the years. One of the stand-outs is a GTA-like game that takes place at a boarding school. It’s an open-world game that has you complete missions to rise through the ranks of the numerous social groups at the school, from nerds to preppies and, yes, bullies. Even today Bully feels like a fresh take on an open-world game thanks to its unique setting and the activities that go along with it: wooing girls, getting jobs like delivering papers and mowing lawns, engaging in the occasional fist fight. It’s good stuff.
You don’t even need to dust off your old consoles to play this cult classic; it’s available digitally on PS4 right now and there’s even a smartphone version.
Three-dimensional platformers like Psychonauts have gone out of fashion in recent years, but this cult classic proves there’s no good reason they can’t come back. You play as a kid at a summer camp training to become a psychic secret agent. You use your ability to enter the minds of various people at the camp. In their minds is where the levels take place, and it turns out minds are strange places to explore. With endlessly creative levels, tons of humor, and about a million collectibles, Psychonauts is a well-deserved cult classic.
- Shadow of the Colossus
The reason the long wait for The Last Guardian was so excruciating was because of how good developer Team Ico’s previous game was. While their first game Ico could also go on this list, it’s Shadow of the Colossus that really put the developer on the map. And for good reason: This game is incredible.
Unlike just about every other game out there, Shadow of the Colossus has no use for small enemies. Your job is to wander the open world, tracking down 16 enormous beasts and taking them down one by one. It’s not easy, particularly since each colossus is brilliantly conceived, with unique designs and moves aimed at thwarting your attempts.
The best way to play it now is to buy the remastered version on PS3, either as a stand-alone download or in the collection along with Ico.