The most underrated games of 2008

Some of these games were overlooked by the buying public, while others were unfairly dismissed by critics. Some were overshadowed by a rival in the same genre. Whatever the reason, they all share one thing in common -- they should have been bigger hits!

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Sega Superstar Tennis (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, Nintendo DS)

Sega Superstar Tennis is a lot better than you’d think. Essentially Virtua Tennis in a cuddly Sega-ised skin, it contained more tactical depth and complexity than a cartoon tennis game has any right to. And yet, it’s the type of game that anyone can pick up and play instantly: from grubby-fingered tots to geriatric granddads. Like any good party game, there is a cavalcade of different tasks, modes and mini-games on offer, including fun-filed missions based on Sega classics. Part of the fun comes from unlocking new goodies, with additional courts, stages and characters waiting to be discovered.

You don’t have to be a Sega fan to enjoy Sega Superstar Tennis... but it sure does help. From the assorted game-tribute missions to the familiar courtside spectators, there’s always something cropping up to bring a smile to a former Mega Drive owner’s face. It’s baffling that the game averaged an underwhelming 68 per cent across all formats (a score we must sheepishly admit to contributing to). On the plus side, the game’s low sales means you can now pick it up dirt-cheap!

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