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« on: February 23, 2008, 09:11:31 PM »

Since I feel bad for making Pumpkinhead denogonizer cry in the games you wanted to love thread, I thought we should spread a little love with games that surprised us. 

My first one is XCom: UFO Defense.  It might seem silly now, but when it came out I knew nothing about it beyond what was printed on the box.  I had enjoyed some Microprose games so I took a chance.  It's still one of my favorite games.

Some more recent examples include:

Breakdown (xbox):  I'm the first to admit it's a flawed game and some of the battles were too ridiculously hard, but man I had fun.  The whole game had you slowly transforming into a superhero.  It had a whole alien artifacts/time travel plot thing going for it. 

R.A.D:  On the plus side, Giant Robots.  On the minus side, funky camera linked to your tiny avatar, very PS2 graphics, unconventional controls and a cheesy plot.  However it made me feel like I was in a Japanese Sci Fi movie or TV show.  Fun.

Then there's the game I'm currently playing Overlord but I'm playing that on the PC so I won't count it.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2008, 09:49:43 PM »

Quote from: Hrothgar on February 23, 2008, 09:11:31 PM

Since I feel bad for making Pumpkinhead denogonizer cry in the games you wanted to love thread, I thought we should spread a little love with games that surprised us. 

I have had a good night's sleep so I feel much better now.   icon_biggrin

Mine would be:

Crackdown  The concept didn't sound great to me (no single player story ??!!) But from the first time I played the demo until I killed the last boss I loved every minute of it.

Elite Beat Agents  Tapping dots to the rhythem of cheesy pop songs?  Are you kidding me?  The first night I had it I couldn't put the DS down until the battery died. 

Guitar Hero  See EBA above.  Except add a toy guitar.

Burnout Paradise  I didn't expect to love it as much as I do. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2008, 10:08:00 PM »

God of War- The game totally took me by surprise and is securely in my top 10 of all time (#4).

The Godfather- Easily one of the best games I've played on 360.  It was an absolute surprise and an absolute pleasure to play through.

Elite Beat Agents- I figured I'd like it. It's easily the best game on the DS bar none.

Bioshock- Something told me the game wasn't going to be as good as it was hyped. Not only was I wrong, but it basically rewrote my expectations on how a game should be made.

Portal- If this isn't on everyone's list who has played it, you're delusional for one of two reasons 1) You either didn't love it or 2) you think you knew how good it was before you played it.  You're wrong in either case. This game  was perfectly crafted.
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2008, 10:28:10 PM »

COD4.  I wasn't even going to buy this until the forum effect.  Man what a sweet SP and MP game that was.

GH/RB - I had never tried them until GH3.  I was instantly hooked on my first song on easy. 
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2008, 11:38:29 PM »

PGR4-hated the first lot,and still have no idea to this day what made me buy number 4...i had number 3 and hated that as well..but i bought number 4 and thought it was one of the best racers i had played for a long time

marvel ultiamte alliance-i love marvel comics,but this type of gameplay(slightly off ,top down look)doesnt really appeal to me at all..loved the game though,hope number 2 happens soon

halo 3-never was a big halo fan,number 1 was okay,number 2 was pretty dire...but as per usual,i got caught up in the hype..bought the game at a midnight opening(why i went to that i have no idea either)...but i really enjoyed the game,or at least enjoyed it a lot more than i thought i was going to like it....the take photos anywhere and save them to your pc thing was great as well
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008, 12:08:02 AM »

i thought i'd like these games, but not that much:

gurumin [psp]: sounded like a cool little diversion, but turned out to be a beautifully done, challenging, & enjoyable gem...

persona 3 [ps2]: tho there was a point where it dragged for me a bit, it was otherwise an almost constant treat, & easily one of my favorite rpgs, ever - ended up spending more time with it than ffxii...

metal gear solid: portable ops [psp]: that i had as much, or more, fun with it as with any other mgs game was a huge surprise...

monster hunter freedom (& mhf2) [psp]: still amazed by how much i love these games, & the fact that i can still pick'm up & get back into them immediately - they just 'feel' perfect to me, ball-busting difficulty'n'all...

& the greatest of them all:

animal crossing: wild world [ds]: it's over 2 years, & i'm still checking in twice a day - definitely never saw that coming smile ...
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008, 01:55:11 AM »

Chibi Robo on the Gamecube was a big one for me.  I thought I would like it okay.  It turned into a huge addiction.  I played nothing else until I finished it.

The same thing happened with Bomberman Land Touch on the DS.  I haven't tried the sequel yet, though.

I'm experiencing the same addiction to Professor Layton, but I wouldn't say I'm surprised, exactly.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2008, 01:56:52 AM »

The Godfather.  Normally I stall out in GTA games but I found myself playing with it nightly even though my Wii made my wrist sore.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2008, 02:09:00 AM »

Call of Duty 4- I thought both CoD 1 and 2 were horribly overrated so I wasn't super excited for CoD 4.  Absolutely fantastic game that I replayed immediately upon finishing. 

Persona 3- The idea of a 90 hour dungeon hack with randomized levels didn't appeal to me and I had planned on skipping this one.  But the positive reviews and early impressions made change my mind and boy am I glad I did- easily one of the best RPGs I've every played. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2008, 02:41:16 AM »

Shadow of the Colossus

This game was so anti-games I usually like when I played it.  It really opened my eyes and made me appreciate a whole new way of playing and experiencing games.
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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2008, 04:09:34 AM »

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime.  This one really snuck up on me.
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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2008, 05:17:56 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on February 24, 2008, 01:56:52 AM

The Godfather.  Normally I stall out in GTA games but I found myself playing with it nightly even though my Wii made my wrist sore.

I agree only I played it on the Xbox. I figured it would be a cheap knockoff of a beloved movie and of GTA, which it was. But it was so well done and so damn fun that I sunk 40 hours into it and never thought twice about it. Extremely fun, engaging, and I can only imagine how much more so it was on the Wii.
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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2008, 06:15:57 AM »

People hated it it seemed when it came out by I loved the Sega CD.  I enjoyed Night Trap, Willie Beamish , both Dracula games.

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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2008, 03:25:30 PM »

The game that I surprised myself with by enjoying so much was The Godfather Blackhand for the Wii. Similar to Ceekay, I've never been able to complete any sandbox games like GTA. The Godfather however really grabbed me and I didn't play any other game until it was complete. Prior to that the original Lego Star Wars for the GC also was a surprise. I really only bought it for my kids, but once I once I fired it up out of curiosity I had to complete it.
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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2008, 03:53:16 PM »

The game series that I really shouldn't have like but did was Ace Combat 5/6/PSP.  Over the top cheesy Japanese storyline, horrible voice acting, simple repetitive gameplay - and I can't get enough of it!
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« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2008, 04:53:14 PM »

Super Swingerz Golf for the for Gamecube - It was a cheap Hotshots knock off, but the swing mechanics were great, the courses were solid, and the progression was perfect for me. I probably put 60 plus hours in to that one. Which was great because I only paid like $10 for it. I am hoping that We Love Golf has the same affect on the Wii.
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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2008, 05:25:15 PM »

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Crackdown  The concept didn't sound great to me (no single player story ??!!) But from the first time I played the demo until I killed the last boss I loved every minute of it.

I second this one, i loaded this one up expecting to have the reaction I had to GTA series. Where i wanted to like it, but the arcady elements drove me nuts, instead I got something...amazing! I couldn't stop playing it till I had finished. Now I want to find a game just like Crackdown. Saint's Row, was ok, but I really REALLY like the lack of timed misions, and arcady elements, and the ability to slowly improve your toon in a sanbox like enviorment. Any suggestions? I was wondering if Dead Rising would fit the bill?
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2008, 06:06:48 PM »

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but I really REALLY like the lack of timed misions, 

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I was wondering if Dead Rising would fit the bill?

Um. No.

Dead Rising is mostly timed missions...but it's still the best game on 360.
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« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2008, 07:30:10 PM »

Final Fantasy X
Karaoke Revolution Series(I have them all now besides 1 and 3)
Metal Gear Solid 3
Ratchet: Deadlocked

Probably more, but I cant think of them currently.
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« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2008, 10:17:04 PM »

Pokemon games.

I hate cute games, childish dialog drives me insane (I'm looking at you, Advance Wars DS), and I figured the game mechanics would be too basic.

Love the Pokemon series.
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« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2008, 01:31:21 AM »

Metal Gear Solid series: I always thought the shitty stories and bad voice acting, not to mention the insanely long cut scenes, would turn me off. But somehow, it all adds on to itself in a super-campy way and I like it.

Hulk: Ultimate Destruction:
A comic book game? Sounds bad already. Another GTA clone? Meh. Smashing the hell out of everything and throwing cops and buses (and vice-versa)? SIGN ME UP!
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« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2008, 04:26:33 PM »

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 25, 2008, 01:31:21 AM

Metal Gear Solid series: I always thought the shitty stories and bad voice acting, not to mention the insanely long cut scenes, would turn me off. But somehow, it all adds on to itself in a super-campy way and I like it.

Hulk: Ultimate Destruction:
A comic book game? Sounds bad already. Another GTA clone? Meh. Smashing the hell out of everything and throwing cops and buses (and vice-versa)? SIGN ME UP!

Hulk:UD was an amazing game.  Has me excited for Prototype, for sure.
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« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2008, 08:08:53 PM »

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Pokemon games.

I hate cute games, childish dialog drives me insane (I'm looking at you, Advance Wars DS), and I figured the game mechanics would be too basic.

Love the Pokemon series.

Thank you!  I thought I was alone in this Pokewilderness.
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« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2008, 08:30:54 PM »

The original Breath of Fire for the SNES.  Thought it was ok at first, then 8 hours just flew by.
Goldeneye N64.  Really wasn't a fan of FPS at the time, this changed my opinion.
Final Fantasy Tactics, never liked the Ogre Tactics before it, and mildly played Final Fantasy before it, but played through this one 3-4 times.
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« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2008, 11:01:53 PM »

The first Grandia game was one for me.  I started it twice and just couldn't get more than 6-7 hours into it.  But for some reason I kept playing and was completely hooked.
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