What are some games that kind of snuck up on you and then robbed you of all your gaming time? I recently finished Killzone on my PS4 (the criticism for this is too harsh, if you ask me), and was set to start on ACIV. But the other night, just before I was going to boot it up, I decided to make sure I had the latest free PS Plus games downloaded on the PS3. At the time I was also holding my 8 month old, so rather than booting up ACIV, I decided to try to find something that I could more easily play with him grabbing for the controller constantly.
That's when I saw Xcom in my list. I played this late last year for awhile on the PC, I enjoyed it but found it frustrating. The main reason I was frustrated at the time was because the game was NOT clear in the beginning just how important satellites were. So I had a game going where I had lost significant parts of the world, my economy was in shambles, and I was therefore falling far behind the curve. So Xcom lost me. I have kids, I don't have time to restart games. I have a million other games to play, too. (And I had just gotten an Xbox 360 at the time!) So shelved it was.
Playing it the other night, and starting with the knowledge I needed to make satellites a priority, I'm now having a blast with the game. I'm playing it much safer, and having a lot more success building my team, and running a much more efficient upgrade path.
It works great on the PS3 as well, and it gives me the added benefit of superior sound. While my PC is beefy enough for great graphics, I only have a 2.1 speaker setup. In the living room, I have mid-level surround sound (Andrew Jones Pioneers, Denon Receiver). It makes gaming a great experience for me in the living room.
So what's a game you either never expected to like, or never expected to play again, that suddenly grabbed you and refused to let go?