#1 Posted by natedawg_kz (259 posts) -

Now that the year is almost over and most of this year's games have been released, i thought i would bring up the topic of what games suprised you this year. Games that you thought that would suck or be generic? but weren't. The Walking Dead series is probably the obvious choice. For me personally it would have to be Binary Domain and The Darkness 2, i was suprised that both these games weren't gears of war clones, they both had their own induvidual character and remain memorable.

#2 Posted by wemibelec90 (2111 posts) -

Far Cry 3 actually being good kinda surprised me. As a hater of FC2 (I know I'm in the minority), it seems that the changes to 3 are smart. I haven't actually played the game, but it seems like they fixed all the problems I had with 2.

Sleeping Dogs probably takes the cake for most of us, too. I'm sure very few people thought that game would be worth anything at all with its very chaotic development and change of developer. I think a lot of the praise for that game actually comes from people's surprise of its fairly high quality (not that I'm saying it's a poor game).

#3 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19818 posts) -
  • Katawa Shoujo: Had heard of it a long while back and the only notable thing about it, for me, was that it originated from 4Chan. Other than that, it seemed like standard adult visual novel, harem crap that I'm not into at all. Was not expecting to actually give it a chance for no reason and subsequently get so emotionally invested in it.
  • The Darkness II: Never played The Darkness and the only thing I knew about it was that you could watch a whole movie inside the game, or something. Got The Darkness II and, aside from a blackout corrupting my save as I was just about to reach the ending, it was a great experience. Love the concept of having an entity attach itself to a host like that while being able to control it, and all of the psychological elements were interesting as well.
  • PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale: I'm surprised how much I ended up disliking this game.
#4 Posted by natedawg_kz (259 posts) -

@wemibelec90: Yeah i guess Far Cry 3 was suprising. I remember seeing the preview for it at E3 when they were showing off the multiplayer and it looked similar to COD.

#5 Posted by Vextroid (1463 posts) -

Sleeping Dogs. Originally part of the True Crime series, I found it hard to pay any attention to it.

#6 Posted by granderojo (1897 posts) -

The moment in Miasmata when I first met the creature. Was not expecting it at all, even though I knew it had a monster I was just absorbing that world.

Totally had an 'Alien' moment and jumped out of my skin. That was quite surprising.

#7 Posted by D_W (1392 posts) -

So many surprises this year. It seems that indie games really killed it. So many good ones came out. The majority of games that I've enjoyed this were indie games.

#8 Posted by _Chad (999 posts) -

Sleeping Dogs.

#9 Posted by joshthebear (2704 posts) -

Dust: An Elysian Tail and Spec Ops: The Line

#10 Posted by GunstarRed (5820 posts) -

Theatrhythm is far better than it has any right to be.

#11 Posted by fugie7 (1131 posts) -

was surprise how halo 4 was a average game. not that good nor that bad...just meh...

#12 Posted by natedawg_kz (259 posts) -


PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale: I'm surprised how much I ended up disliking this game.

Yeah PS All-Stars was a little dissapointing, hardly any modes, i got the platinum within 2 days, but it's still pretty fun to play online and with friends

#13 Posted by niamahai (1409 posts) -

WWE 13 single player campaign.

#14 Posted by PhilipDuck (629 posts) -

Syndicate and Sleeping dogs for me, wasn't expecting much from either of them and they both were great fun.

#15 Posted by Nightriff (6349 posts) -

Basically every game I played. Spec Ops delivered on the story, Binary Domain was a way better game than I ever would've imagined and Asura's Wrath was just fucking amazing and didn't expect my jaw to drop multiple times while playing it. Great year for underdogs and surprises for me, wasn't expecting it at all.

#16 Posted by MonkeyMitcho (135 posts) -

ZombiU is mine.

#17 Edited by Bourbon_Warrior (4569 posts) -

Walking Dead easily that had no right to be as good as it was after Jurassic Park.

#18 Posted by cosi83 (481 posts) -

Kens Rage 2 demo being my favourite demo played this year

#19 Posted by hermes (1742 posts) -

Spec Ops being any good. Even the demo was underwhelming...

#20 Edited by Humanity (11621 posts) -

For me it was Hitman: Absolution but in a rather negative way. After seeing all the gameplay videos I was so completely sold on it. Even despite the somewhat lukewarm feedback after the game released I still believed that people just like to whine a lot these days. Sadly the game, while not terrible, definitely took a few wrong turns down the road of development and instead of a great modern day Hitman game we got a weird re-imagening of sorts that isn't bad on it's own but does not hold the weight when scrutinized against it's predecessors.

#21 Edited by Rhaknar (6299 posts) -

Sleeping Dogs easily. not only is it good, but its one of my favorite games of the year. Spec Ops too, and ZombiU.

Funky Barn to a lesser extent, in the sense that usually I would assume it was just shovelware shit (might still be for some) and i ended up playing it for 5-6 hours straight and quite enjoying it

Oh and on a negative note, the game which stars the gentleman on my avatar (I need to change that really) surprised me by not being as good as the first game :(

#22 Posted by Zaccheus (1829 posts) -
#23 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ said:

I'm the opposite, oddly enough. Yea, matches can stretch on for WAY TOO LONG, but it's a good enough source for some dumb, chaotic fun.

#24 Posted by DeF (5216 posts) -

Little Inferno - nobody knew what the game actually was, even now few people do. Bought it on a whim and it absolutely blew me away. It baffles me that they haven't put this out on tablets yet. I played it on Wii U almost exclusively on the GamePad - didn't even turn the TV on. The game is perfect to just have it sit there while you do something else while you can also just as well totally zone in on it and forget the world outside the fireplace (pretty meta).

#25 Edited by ProfessorEss (7679 posts) -

Sleeping Dogs was probably the biggest and best surprise for me. I thought the True Crime games were trash and I was totally fine when the new one got scrapped. For it to come back to life and become the excellent Sleeping Dogs is astounding.

The worst surprise this year was Hitman: Absolution. Maybe this isn't fair to say because I haven't even played it but every video I've seen and every comment I've read sounds like the opposite of everything I wanted from that game. Maybe I'll actually play it next year and find out I like it but it doesn't change that me not buying it day one is a huge surprise.

Another big surprise is Far Cry 3. I loved Far Cry 2 and knew I'd love Far Cry 3 but I'm still surprised at how much I like it, how focused it is, and how much everyone else seems to like it too.

#26 Edited by Svenzon (807 posts) -

Sleeping Dogs is a big one, for sure. That game wasn't even on my radar until maybe two weeks before its release. Openworld crime and kung fu go way better together than I could possibly imagine.

Oh, and Hotline Miami. I had seen a video or two from it prior to release, but I wasn't expecting the game to be so involving.

#27 Posted by SharkEthic (1084 posts) -
#28 Posted by Jack268 (3368 posts) -

Sleeping Dogs and Tokyo Jungle are two of my favorite games this year and just a few months ago I didn't even know they existed.

#29 Posted by Lelcar (925 posts) -

I don't know what i expected from Botanicula, but that surprisingly ended up being one of the most fantastic experiences of my year. Binary Domain and Sleeping Dogs were definitely better than i anticipated. Also surprised by how much I liked Diablo 3 as I didn't really get into the Diablo 1/2 hype back in the day.

I'm surprised by how disappointed I was in Assassin's Creed 3, Darksiders 2 and FFXIII-2, as I loved the predecessors to all these games. (not including AC Revelations, but the promise of how fresh AC3 was built my excitement up for that franchise.)

#30 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7596 posts) -

Probably XCOM. Largely because almost right up to its release, I thought it was that generic looking FPS they showed off a few years ago.

Dear Esther was a surprisingly emotional experience and Sleeping Dogs pretty much came out of no where (or at least wasn't really taken seriously for a long time).

#31 Posted by gaminghooligan (1699 posts) -

Spec Ops: Not the most fun in the gameplay department, but the game has some serious chops as far as the story is concerned.

WWE 13: first wrestling game I've enjoyed since the N64. collusion!

Don't Starve: it's still in beta I guess, but there's a lot of stuff about this game that has me hooked so far.

#32 Posted by absolutmauser (33 posts) -

XCom Enemy Unknown somehow managing to meet my lofty and unrealistic expectations (as a huge fan of the original with firmly fitted, rose-colored, childhood-nostalgia goggles) and keeping much of the feel of the original while streamlining play (not having to buy and track weapon magazines individually for your entire platoon of commandos, for example).

#33 Posted by jking47 (1266 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ: Oh crap, thanks for reminding me Katawa Shoujo came out this year! Gotta fix my GOTY list now.

Who knows if I will ever post it, but whatever.

#34 Posted by Chaser324 (7118 posts) -

Sleeping Dogs by a mile. Based on the development history of that game, I didn't think that game would even manage to be mediocre. So, I was absolutely shocked that it turned out to be great.

#35 Posted by StarFoxA (5257 posts) -

Hotline Miami was a surprise. Came out of nowhere for me.

#36 Posted by BaconGames (3775 posts) -

Except maybe Soec Ops having that story stuff, the only game that came out of nowhere and blew my mind was Hotline Miami. That game was a goddamn revelation when I watched that QL.

#37 Posted by kalibr (121 posts) -

Mark of the Ninja. Haven't finished it yet but really enjoying its style and how fun the gameplay is.

Endless Space. Bought it on impulse and I love how accessible but also rewarding it is and Im not a huge 4X fan.

XCOM. I dont really enjoy strategy games at all but I could not stop playing it.

I had high hopes for Dishonored and while I dont think its a bad game it just doesnt hold my attention

#38 Posted by spankingaddict (2829 posts) -

@joshthebear said:

Dust: An Elysian Tail and Spec Ops: The Line

Yup , same here .

#39 Posted by rahulricky (286 posts) -

For me, similar to quite a few of you, Far Cry 3 and Hitman Absolution were surprises for absolutely opposite reasons. Based on what I was seeing of FC3 before release I thought it'd be junk but it has been loads of fun, whereas based on the China Town level previews for Hitman I was sure it would be exactly what I wanted and it turned out to be a fraction of the game Blood Money was.

#40 Posted by Animasta (14820 posts) -

Hotline Miami and Binary Domain