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Old 09-09-2018, 06:36 PM   #1
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Games you didn't have much expectations for but surprisingly ended up enjoying them

Title says it all. We all have games we more or less know what to expect from, but then there's others where we don't really know what to expect and just say "ah f*ck it, let's see how it is. How bad can it be?"... and then they surprise us in a positive way.

A few ones that come to my mind:

Animal Crossing - I didn't know what it was at all until I saw my brother playing it on GameCube one day in 2007. Some years later I remembered its existence and decided to play it myself too... and ended up liking it a lot.

Deus EX Human Revolution: Deus Ex is not exactly an obscure game series, but I've never had played it at all until 2012 when I got this game for like 2 euro from Steam. I am not into shooters, but was told this one was different since it had RPG and stealth elements and you weren't forced to shoot and kill most of your enemies. Since the price was ridiculously cheap for a quite new game at the time I decided to give it a try... and liked it a lot.

Super Smash Bros. Melee: Ok, you're all thinking now "what?!"... well you see, I didn't get the chance to play the N64 Smash game, even though it looked interesting to me. As for the GameCube title, I didn't know of it until I saw it in a store around Christmas 2002, let alone if it was good or not. I was only 12 at the time, so it's not like I was very aware of what was going on in the gaming world yet.

Now, I'm not saying I expected the game to be mediocre. I assumed it was gonna be good. For a 12 year old massive Nintendo fan like I was, I obviously knew it was gonna be decent enough... but didn't really expect it to arguably be the best Nintendo GameCube game ever and that the Smash series would become a huge thing. The N64 one made some impact, but it isn't the first N64 title you think of when you think of the console. The GameCube game took it to another level.

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Old 09-09-2018, 06:51 PM   #2
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Transformers: Devastation comes to my mind. I knew it was likely to be good, based on all I'd heard, but I'm about as casual a fan of Transformers as it comes, so I didn't really know if it would do anything for me personally. I only picked it up because I liked the developers' TMNT game. When I finally did play it, I played it every day for weeks and ended up buying it for a good friend as a gift, such was how impressed I was by it.

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Old 09-09-2018, 07:08 PM   #3
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As a kid, I found the original Rocket Knight Adventures for Sega Genesis to be a hidden gem. For whatever reason, there was a new copy on extreme clearance at a local KB Toys for $8, which was the cheapest "new" video game I had ever seen at the time. I got it simply because it was so cheap and looked to be my kind of game (action platformer, mascot character), but I didn't have huge expectations for it to be great quality because of it's cheap price and that I had never heard of Sparkster. But boy, what a game it was! Without a few months, I had tracked down a copy of the sequel Genesis game and enjoyed both of them for many years since!

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Old 09-11-2018, 05:11 AM   #4
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Rocket League, since I'm not a fan of driving games or sports games.

Final Fantasy 12, because I didn't like FFX and thought the series would only get worse.

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Bioshock 2, there's a lot of hate thrown at it but truth be told, the gameplay was improved from the first one.
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:21 AM   #6
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Pokemon Black/White 2. I didn’t think much of the original games but the sequels blew me away with all the content they had. The characters were way more interesting and Hugh quickly became my favourite rival in the whole series. Black 2 is still my fav Pokémon game.
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:46 AM   #7
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The new Spider-Man game on PS4 is far far better than I was expecting it to be.

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Old 09-16-2018, 09:57 PM   #8
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Mario and Rabbids wound up being one of my favorite Switch games when everyone thought it was going to be some poor Ubisoft spinoff game at first. The DK DLC is also amazing.
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