What's are Some Games You Thought Would Be Crap, But Ended Up Loving Them?

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#1  Edited By ThatDBFan
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Sypro: The Dragon, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for me.

Spyro looked way too childish for me, even as a child, but then I started playing it, and loved it.

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#2 Sevenizz
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I remember a game I bought in a bargain bin years ago called Conflict: Desert Storm. I’d have heard of it, but no one ever talked about it and the reviews were mediocre to poor. I played it casually a few times and didn’t put much mind to it. One day I randomly decided to put some effort into it and learn the controls (which were quite in depth), and I had a lot of fun with it. It stands out as a favourite from the generation.

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#3 dimebag667
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Hotline Miami and Guacamelee. I thought they both looked generic and boring, but they turned out to be two of my favorite games.

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#4  Edited By Telekill
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Red Dead Redemption (PS3). Westerns were never my thing but I gave it a chance and what would ya know....

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#5 judaspete
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I wrote off Dead or Alive as a game using boobs to sell a mediocre product. Fortunately there was a demo disc for Dreamcast that had DOA 2 on it. Been a fan of the series sinse.

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The Division 2 is the most recent one, as I bought it to play co-op with a friend, I went in with very low expectations and ended up loving it. I beat the game, then beat the invasion, got to world tier 5, gotten nearly all of the masks, have a gear score of 497/500. I just need to find about 5 people to have a go at the raid.

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#7 Basinboy
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Destiny: The Taken King.

After how terrible Destiny vanilla was, I begrudgingly purchased the expansion only to find it clicked in almost every way.

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I would say Crackdown 3, but love isn't correct word.

I'd say Dark Souls Remastered, cuz never gave them games a shot, but I knew a friend who loved Demon Souls, so didn't expect shit per say, more a shitty time, but loved it.

Blackops 4 is definitely the pick. I got it via Humble Bundle, and thought I'd just get access to the Blackout, but got whole game, and I absolutely love the Zombies, maybe more than any Zombies before it. I thought Blackout would be dumb af, yet, I like that its same guns I use elsewhere. Sadly the lack of campaign sucks, but I've never played a campaign post World at War, so I can't complain.

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#9 henrythefifth
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Quite a lot on this gen:

Mafia 3, Deus Ex, Killzone Shadowfall, AC Syndicate, FC Primal, Fallout 4, Both Tomb Raiders...

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#10 nintendoboy16
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@judaspete said:

I wrote off Dead or Alive as a game using boobs to sell a mediocre product. Fortunately there was a demo disc for Dreamcast that had DOA 2 on it. Been a fan of the series sinse.

I also have a DOA answer, then I picked up Dimensions on 3DS and had a lot of fun with that.

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#11 freedomfreak
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Dead Island. I was on the verge of returning it, and then I gave it another go. Really enjoyed the game. Glad I didn't end up bringing it back.

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Elder Scrolls Online. I was sure that I would not like it, but it was actually pretty good.

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#13 Blair5
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currently nothing, but back then I used to watch Pewdiepie play Amnesia and I never really liked the game walkthrough or gameplay, but when I played it myself I really did love it. And also Flappy bird. I remember how my friends used to play every day, it was so weird to me, but once I downloaded the app I couldnt stop for two weeks.. same thing happened to me with app Pou (the one where you tkae care of a poop haha! till this day I remember the sound it made when I put food on it and It wasnt hungry anymore). What a weird time man haha

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#14 Archangel3371
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I can’t really think of any really. However to be fair there’s been a lot of games that I thought looked good and that I’ve enjoyed so I really don’t have time to even try a game that I think might be no good.

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#15 R4gn4r0k
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Assasin's creed, funny enough I've played through every mainline assassin's creed since.

But the first one certainly was the hardest to finish. If anyone is looking for a starting point with the series, I recommend Origins. It's the best one of the bunch.

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#16 blueinheaven
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Vampyr, I had no expectations for this game at all, never liked Life Is Strange and all the trailers for Vampyr looked a bit naff but it's actually an excellent game, under-rated in reviews IMO. Great characters and a pretty good story and there's a heavy underlying atmosphere that's present throughout the whole thing.

I even liked the combat which seemed to be the biggest complaint for most people. Delighted to see that they're now working on Vampyr 2 which will be day one for me.

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#17 osan0
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the first deus ex. i played the demo of it (which takes place on liberty island) and was not really impressed. seemed like a very wonky shooter. all the reviews were glowing though and it came in a shiny box so i gave it a shot. the start was still meh. after that....yeah best game ever made imho.

batman AA. again not a great demo. but people that played it seemed to love it. it was on sale so i have it a shot. a very good game....very well done.

monster hunter tri. on paper i should not like this series. time limits, grinding, shines in MP. but, like dark souls or animal crossing, its one of those games one should try and i actually really liked it (have MHGU sitting in my switch. 80 hours in and barely scratched the surface).

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#19  Edited By BoxRekt
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Horizon Zero Dawn

Went in very pessimistic ended up Blowing me away, and exceeded benchmarks previously see other top tier games.

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#20 mikecrci
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Fallout 76. It’s rather... dare I say it....fun.

Especially now knowing that they’re adding NPCs.

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#21 kweeni
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Killzone Shadow Fall just came to mind. I enjoyed the previous Killzone games but I hated this one at first. The game was just boring. I shelved it for like a year or two then finally decided to give it another chance and ended up enjoying it quite a bit.

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#22  Edited By FinalFighters
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Brothers: A tale of two sons

i had no intentions of playing this game but a friend of mine gifted me the game via steam so i gave it a try - i instantly fell in love with the game and even cried at the ending.

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#24  Edited By BassMan
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I can't think of any. I am good at analyzing games before playing them. So, if it seems like crap, it is most likely crap. The game would have to change a lot for me to start liking it.

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Spec Ops: the line- looked like it was going to be another generic dude bro shooter but was quite the opposite especially in terms of story.

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#26 jdc6305
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Skyrim I usually don't like first person games. I was hung up on Dark Souls at the time Skyrim came out. It wasn't until special edition was released on PS4 that I fell in love with the game. I've always been a huge Zelda fan. I quit playing breath of the wild halfway through because I couldn't put Skyrim down. I still can't quit playing I even bought a gaming pc so I could play with mods.

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AC IV: Black Flag. I didn't much like AC3 much and had low expectations but it ended up being my favorite game in the series and one of my favorite games the year it came out

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#28 Ten_Pints
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I don't tend to play games that look shit gameplay wise, so almost never.

I suppose Nier 2, I didn't like the original so enjoying the sequel was a surprise I suppose.

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#29 Ballroompirate
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Xenoblade Chronicles 2- I hated Rex's art style but after playing it, it's easily in my top 5 games atm

Nier Automata- Thought it looked meh by the trailers but after putting some time into it, fell in love with it

ESO- The first two years were rough and it was pretty bland, but after the OT update it became A LOT better and it's become my 2nd most played game ever (after WoW) which I've put 1300 hours into ESO since 2015 with a 2 year break during that time.

AC Origins- Like many other gamers the AC formula was getting old for me, then I took a chance cause I love Ancient Egyptian history so I gave it a shot and didn't regret it.

AC Odyssey- Pretty much the same with AC Origins

Warframe- To be honest the first few years it was a meh game and I thought it was a "slightly below avg game" but the last two years DE has made Warframe into a whole new beast.

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#30  Edited By sakaiXx
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Demons souls. Gamespot gave it game of the year so I was curious why. Played it and it was crap, dying means you get a penalty and you die a lot in this game. Frustrated and go on a week long rank on online about how I hated this game but urges from people to calm down, finish the game changed me. I loved the experience, it wasnt that hard as many boses were just gimmicks but it was the first time I played a game where I had to die a lot to learn. I memorized whole boletaria layout, studied enemy A.I and read every description on item I found. loved the whole experience.

Also Magic and bow is really overpowered in this game.

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#31 deactivated-5ea0704839e9e
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Trials Fusion. Had zero expectation. Think it may have been on a psn sale. Perhaps its just what i look for in a game. Easy to pick up/hard to master. Cant get into the time consuming stuff anymore.

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#32 ThatDBFan
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@boxrekt said:

Horizon Zero Dawn

Went in very pessimistic ended up Blowing me away, and exceeded benchmarks previously see other top tier games.

I seriously need to get that game.

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#33 Raining51
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Uh I don't know possibly like one of those like pong or asteroids I guess?

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#34  Edited By Litchie
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Recently, Sea of Thieves. Damn, that game got so much hate. Reading forums, you'd never think the game is actually a lot of fun. Pretty bare bones, but fun. The game doesn't tell the gamer how to have fun though, which I believe is the main reason why so many gamers found it boring. Modern gamers usually need arrows and pointers all over the place.

Also, Rocket League. I really don't like sports games, but this sport I like. :P

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#35 SecretPolice  Online
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@Litchie:

Good summation of Sea of Thieves. I think it's the least handholding game I've ever played.

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#36 Litchie
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@SecretPolice: Yeah, it's one of the reasons I like it so much. I wish more devs dared to make games for the non stupids.

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#37 Sushiglutton  Online
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Playing a perfect example of this right now: Resident Evil 6. Very entertaining game imo that was received super negatively back in the day so I didn't play it until now. But great controls and intense pacing with many over the top moments allready! Simple fun, love it :)!