Critics, oh what a fickle bunch. Giving horrible reviews to God Hand which is a massively fun game and Bioshock Infinite a 94 on metacritic despite it being the worst in the series and a huge step back from the original game.
Critics enjoyed Assassin's Creed III (metacritic score of 85), except for that one guy who refused to play it because Connor hunts animals and the reviewer was a vegetarian, but that's beside the point. The moral is that critics can be pretty weird with their reviews.
But what's even worse is when great games get swept under the rug or totally ignored – or at least don't get the dues they deserve. Some of the games on this list are indie gems that didn't have the marketing power and brand loyalty to make a big scene, and some are AAA quality that got misunderstood or swatted away in favor of bigger - but not better - products, releasing at the same time.
These titles didn't get the love they rightfully deserved from critics, and the media in general. Whether it be middling reviews, being totally ignored, or perhaps just something you've never heard of, all of these games deserve more respect than they received.