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There are a lot of discussions on games that are overhyped and turn out to be very disappointing. We can all name games that fit this category. However, can any of you think of games that have turned out to be unexpectedly better than you thought they would be?

I can name a few of my own.

James Bond: From Russia With Love. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect when I bought this. I knew of Sean Connery only through Celebrity Jeopardy spoofs, I had never seen the movie the game was based off of, I did not think a non-first-person James Bond game could ever work, and a game that stars Natasha Bedingfield? Seriously? Anyway, the game turned out to be tremendously more fun than I thought; the soundtrack in particular blew me away at parts, and the voice acting was superb. I regret lending the game to an uncle several years back.

Super Mario Sunshine. I honestly was not expecting much from a game with some of the worst advertising I have ever seen. Why show clips of the gameplay? No, let's slap pictures of Mario holding a water cannon and assume it will sell the game. When I actually played the game, though, I was shocked at its depth and unique storyline (a Mario non-RPG game with any storyline at all is unexpectedly good). I loved this game, and I still do today.

Phantasy Star Online I & II: What was I to expect from a game that was discontinued on the GameCube? Everyone who owned it loved it, but not that many people owned it. I was lucky enough to pick up a copy while they still had them in stores--nowadays, you will never find one in stores and will need to look for copies online or at acutions. The game itself was a shocking pleasure to play and experience its level of depth, customisation, good story, great soundtrack, and fun--if basic--combat.

What about you? Do you have similar stories?
-Read Dead (the original) (turns out it was an incredible game)

-Run Saber

-Knights of the round

-Megaman 6

-The Conduit (altough a shitty,repetitive and frustating game, I still somehow liked it....)

That's all I can remember right now... There was also a fighting/beat them up sailor moon SNES game that I forgot the name, played with my friends once as a joke and end up liking the game....


Mine would have to be the .hack//G.U. series. I had just bought a PlayStation 2 and needed a couple games to go with it. I picked up Kingdom Hearts (best decision I ever made in my life!), and this game, only since I didn't have much money left, and I was vaguely familiar with the .hack storyline.

First time I played it, I got turned off by the way weapon customization worked and the slow storyline. After having finished Kingdom Hearts and needing something new to play, I finally dragged myself into playing the game.

I swear, that game is a load of fun the moment you find your first AIDA battle and realize what the point of the storyline is going to be about.

Current Projects: "Legend of Zelda: Balance of Power" (A Zelda Classic quest)
A few years ago i was looking at games on my dad's N64 emulator and i saw Conker's Bad Fur Day. At first i thought it was just a kiddie game since i rememberd Conker from Diddy Kong racing but man i was wrong.

I loved the game though, it was very fun and had good humor.

Working on a hack I probably won't even finish.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: Obviously, Zelda had already been a renowned series by the time this game was released. However, it was the first Zelda game I played so I had no expectations and wasn't overly excited to play it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the gameplay, particularly the dungeon and puzzle design. To be honest, it's my favorite Zelda game I played, although I'm sure many people feel the opposite. I really think it's because it's the first Zelda game I played, so every one I played after that felt like "been there, done that."
Spyro: A Hero's Tail - After the disappointment of Enter the Dragonfly I wasn't expecting this game to be good but I was pleasantly surprised when I started playing it. It was much better than I expected. Sure it's not as good as the 3 Spyro games on PS1 but it was a hell of a lot better than that piece of crap EtD!
Spongebob Battle For Bikini Bottom:

When I was younger I liked Spongebob.
(heck I still do, only the older ones though)

I got Spongebob: Curse Of The Flying Dutchman for the PS2 when I first got the console. The game was kinda dull and didn't really do much.

Then I got BfBB a few years later. It's amazing and I still have it today. Thinl SM64 mixed with Spongebob. It's really great how much of the older episodes they managed to include and reference. The final boss though ;3;
Game developers often struggle with Superman, so I started to think that Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will suffer the same way the other Superman games did. When it came out, I've been searching for reviews of this game and guess what? I find Lego Batman 2 really enjoyable, despite it's strange flying controls. (It's even fun playing as the overpowered Superman.)

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Thinking about making a Rainbow Magic thread at the Media forum.
Arkham Asylum and Force Unleashed got only "good" reviews in GameInformer. I played each constantly until the end, best games at the time.
Super Meat Boy is really fun, even with the extreme difficulty.
The Sly games are really fun, though the first is just Metal Gear Spyro. The second blew me away though, with the unique gameplay and interesting story.
I'd like to agree with 1UPdudes on this one, Spongebob: Battle for Bikini Bottom was a surprisingly fun game and remains the only game based on a TV show that I enjoyed.

Also, although "underrated" would never describe this game, Minecraft was a game that I enjoyed endlessly more then I thought I would. I really only tried Minecraft because of the hype, and fully expected to be bored by it. However, it's something that I still enjoy playing.
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Cave Story. I've seen quite a lot of positive feedback on it, and while it did look pretty good to me, I didn't think it'd be the type of game I'd enjoy. Boy was I wrong.

The game is simply amazing. The level design isn't too complicated, but not too simple either, just a great mix of platforming and shooting. It's a lot of fun playing through all levels and killing several enemies while upgrading your weapons and getting stronger. It also becomes quite difficult later on. The only thing I didn't really enjoy about the game was that some of the secrets were really... unfair. For example, who would know that you had to leave that poor old Professor Booster, who just nearly died, in a cave and move on to get a better ending? I think no one would figure that out from themselves. But that's just the only complaint I got about this all, really.
The whole story around it is just fantastic too. You discover more and more while playing through the game, and the story becomes really interesting as you go on and actually left me wondering what'd happen next. To be honest, it's the first game I actually enjoyed the storyline in. It's just amazing to see how well the balance between storyline and gameplay is in this game. The soundtrack is also breathtaking, fitting the atmosphere of every single level and event. I'm normally not into any kind of shooter game (heck, not only the FPS games and stuff, even sidescrolling-shooters) but this one really caught my attention and I absolutely loved playing through it. It's just amazing to see how one single person created such a fantastic game. I really have to thank Steam for getting me into it: the game was there on sale for 3 bucks and I thought I'd give it a try, and hell, I'm really happy I did. Really one of the best games I've ever played.
I bought Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus not expecting much for a dollar twenty five each. I've played munch's oddysee before and expected another 3d platformer. But instead, I found out they were side scrollers.

And holy fuck these are some of the most creative side scrollers I've ever played. The graphics are beautiful and the story is very engaging. The game is also very innovative. There's so much to do and it all feels so natural to do. It's also very puzzle oriented if you like that.

Seriously I cannot recommend these enough.

I don't care what anyone says, Advance Wars is an underrated series. I ADORE the first 3 games, Days of Ruin can go sit in the corner or something.

Advance Wars Dual Rising is amazing. If you like Turn-Based Strategy Games, I can't recommend this game enough.

Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising are great games too.
Valkyrie Profile for the ps1 amazed the crap out of me. I played it because it was one of those old JRPGs that everyone raves about, and this one actually lived up to the hype. Now it's one of my favorite games ever.
Ace Attorney series. I was kind of bored with DS, so I went to find some games. Since I like criminal investigations and mystery, I eventually found Ace Attorney Investigations. I wasn't expecting something extraordinary or remarkable from it, but it was simply fascinating. Epic cases, epic soundtrack, charismatic characters and unexpected turnabouts (the key word for Ace Attorney series) in each plot of each episode. After getting impressed by Investigations I tried the other ones and got the same feeling of pure epicness.
Z.H.P I got it because the plot seemed hilariously crazy, expecting some bleh gameplay. Turns out it's a surprisingly fun roguelike.
The Binding of Isaac. At first I didn't like the idea of having to start a new game every time you died. But now I 97 hours on it, according to Steam. But the game is still needs a bit of fixing here and there.

Monster Hunter Tri. When I first played this game, I really didn't understand anything. The tutorial bit was very uninteresting. It's really hard to get into, the controls for the Nunchuck are kinda difficult to get used to, and there's many gameplay elements that the game itself doesn't explain. I left this game unplayed for about a year and a half. But once you get through everything and grab a few friends to play online mode then this game is pretty much my very own personal top favorite game on the Wii. I pretty much clocked almost 400 hours on this game alone. The soundtrack is pretty good too. The overall feeling of online co-op mode is amazing, especially if you're skyping with friends at the same time.
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