The most underrated video games of this generation

17 current-gen video games that should have been bigger hits

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Once upon a time, gamers didn't seem to get the cowboy genre, despite its endless scope for action and adventure. Even after the runaway success of the TV show Deadwood, Westerns continue to remain at the fringe of the gaming landscape; like mangy, flea-bitten dogs.

All that changed of course with the release of Red Dead Redemption -- but its way was pathed by an earlier trailblazer. With its compelling storyline, exciting set pieces and well-implemented gunplay, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood really deserved to be a bigger hit. The early war-set missions are particularly noteworthy, proving that a pre-WW2 shooter can work if handled properly. With any luck, Activision will take note and release a Call of Duty: American Civil War game. It'd certainly be better than storming the beaches of Normandy again.

Head to your local game dealer, slap down a fistful of dollars, and take it home: you won't be disappointed.

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