Rockstar Games has grown to become one of the most popular and most acclaimed game developers in the world. Since 1998, they’ve produced some of the very best console games from their Grand Theft Auto series to Red Dead Redemption. However, for every GTA or Red Dead, there have been games they’ve published that, for whatever reason, haven’t been as appealing to the mainstream crowd. It could be that the concepts of these games weren’t as enticing, or perhaps because they came out during a busy release period, but they just didn’t seem to catch on or get much notice. In any case, we’d like to bring them to your attention now in this list of the 8 best Rockstar Games that you’ve probably never played.
8. The Warriors
In what could the biggest testament to their greatness as a developer and publisher, Rockstar demonstrated with The Warriors that they can even make excellent movie-based games—something that hadn’t really been done since Goldeneye was released on the N64 in 1995.
Rockstar presents the gang-filled street of a gritty 1970s world perfectly. Rather than just giving us a rehashed version of the same stuff seen in the cult classic movie, the game takes place three months prior to the events of the film and leads up to the assassination of a powerful gang leader named Cyrus, which the Warriors are wrongly blamed for. The gang then must make it back to their home turf in one night, battling any rival gangs who try to stop them along the way.
There’s plenty in this game for players to appreciate. Not only was the adaptation dutifully faithful to both the movie and novel that inspired it, but it brought back the entire original cast to reprise their roles and do all the voice work. On top of that, the 3D brawler-style combat was incredibly realistic and satisfying.