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Sometimes, stores have a bargain section, where some games go when they just haven’t been selling. Whether they’re not very accessible to the general public, or they’re exclusive to a console that isn’t shifting units as much as the publishers would like, or they’re just bad games, these unfortunate releases just didn’t get the cash necessary to stay out of the dreaded 4.99 bin, and with recent consoles rearing their head and looking less and less like actual gaming platforms and more like HAL 9000, it seems appropriate to start concentrating on some slightly lesser known games that you really should give a chance.

Indie games, high-profile games, anything is welcome here. These games aren’t incredibly obscure, they’re just some experiences that you might not have tried yet that maybe you should give a shot.

 

10. FTL: Faster Than Light

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This is only so far down on the list because it’s a game quite a lot of people actually are playing, but it’s still limited to the indie scene. A PC exclusive, FTL: Faster Than Light is an experience of staggering depth and replay value, and will most definitely please the hardcore crowd. FTL is part RTS, part exploration, and part spaceship management, with randomized levels and, get this, no saving. Well, you can save to exit the game, obviously, but once you’re dead, you’re dead. No reloading. You go back to the beginning. This may turn some people off, but the game is never frustrating or irritating. Every time you die, you just get more determined to beat the game and show that you can complete such a punishing and unforgiving game. Just make sure you play the tutorial first.

FTL is available on Steam and GOG.com for $9.99.

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This article was first posted on June 26, 2013