Total Nerd Video Games You Need To Play If You're Tired Of Basic, Mainstream Trash  

Nathan Gibson
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As with other forms of entertainment, there are some vastly underrated video games most people will never play. See, the vast majority of people will stick to the blockbuster video game titles they were introduced to when they first picked up a controller. These tried and tested titles continue to find success because players know exactly what they'll get.

The truth is, though, many of these AAA titles are average at best. There is a whole world of next level video games you need to play. Whether they are indie releases made by small teams, or a bigger budget titles people just overlooked, there are plenty of better versions of popular video games. They move on from the basic stuff you would normally see, and introduce some truly wonderful ideas and innovative, genre-bending concepts. So, if you're tired of playing the same old games over and over again, check out some of these titles.

Xenoblade Chronicles X is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Video Games You Need To Play If You're Tired Of Basic, Mainstream Trash
Photo:  Monolith Soft/EA

With the controversy surrounding Mass Effect: Andromeda, it is perhaps time players looked to other avenues to satisfy their sci-fi role-playing itch. Unlike BioWare’s addition to the Mass Effect franchise, critics praised Xenoblade for its deep story and massive open world, which puts many other RPGs to shame. 

The game also features a more customizable and thoughtful upgrade system, giving players the chance to truly change the way they play the game, in contrast to the set options available in Andromeda. Lacking the insanely clunky dialogue present in Mass Effect, Xenoblade carries some actual emotional impact.

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Super Meat Boy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Video Games You Need To Play If You're Tired Of Basic, Mainstream Trash
Photo:  Team Meat/Nintendo

It’s fair to say the Super Mario Bros. franchise is one of the most influential and important in the history of gaming. However, the latest entries in the 2D platformer series are, at best, mediocre. One 2D entry that did drive the genre forward, however, was the indie title Super Meat Boy.

Comprised of a staggering 300 levels, with mod support for hundreds of additional custom made maps, the game has impeccable design, an addictive soundtrack, and some of the best controls in any platformer. Not only that, but Super Meat Boy was also a supremely challenging experience. It could keep players occupied for months before they were able to complete the title 100%.

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Cities: Skylines Is A Much Deeper Experience Than SimCity

Cities: Skylines Is A Much Dee... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Video Games You Need To Play If You're Tired Of Basic, Mainstream Trash
Photo:  Paradox Interactive /EA

SimCity has always been the standard-bearer of the city simulation genre, but the 2013 offering hit a few sour notes with longtime fans. One game filled the void, despite the fact it is still relatively unknown: Cities: Skylines. It isn’t just that the game looks and runs much better than its EA counterpart, Cities: Skylines is without a doubt a much deeper and more complicated simulation.

Each inhabitant of a city has their own life to lead, including a family and a schedule. Cities only evolve and grow through meticulous planning, requiring the player to actually think about what they are doing. The interesting mechanics behind traffic management mean that you can come up with thousands of solutions to a problem by creating new roads, while extensive modding capabilities give players the option of changing up the experience. Add to that a tremendous map, and Cities: Skylines is essentially everything that SimCity should have been for half the price.

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Life Is Strange Is A Far Greater Adventure Game Than The Walking Dead

Life Is Strange Is A Far Great... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Video Games You Need To Play If You're Tired Of Basic, Mainstream Trash
Photo:  Square Enix/Telltale Games

Although Telltale Games has dominated the graphic adventure genre for the past decade or so, other developers are now beginning to create their own entries for the genre. Life is Strange took what was good about Telltale games, such as The Walking Dead, and improved upon almost every aspect.

The game contains none of the clunky camera movement or bugs its competitors are famous for, and introduced a much more vibrant world to explore. Here, characters are also more emotional and relatable, giving them a greater impact on the story. Topped off with incredible, immersive visuals and a far more sophisticated musical score, Life is Strange simply outperforms The Walking Dead in every meaningful way.