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#1 Posted by Zidane_24 (738 posts) -

Topic basically says it all. If you've bought a game that you weren't sure on and were pleasantly surprised, share it here. 
 
For me, it'd be Shadowrun. I wasn't totally sold on the whole idea of the "no single player" thing, but it turned out to be pretty much my favorite online FPS.

#2 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Bayonetta is the only recent one I can think of. 
 
Maybe Def Jam: Icon too. That was surprisingly fun.

#3 Posted by MasterOfPenguins_Zell (2093 posts) -

Borderlands, Fire Emblem, Skies of Arcadia Legends.

#4 Posted by tsolless (465 posts) -

Unfortunately it's always the opposite for me.

#5 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

Darksiders comes to mind.

#6 Posted by ptys (1885 posts) -

Mirror's Edge, despite all the bad reviews I loved it!

#7 Edited by Sanryd (1362 posts) -

StarCraft. I was in the airport waiting for my next flight on my way home from vacation and I decided to give it a shot. I was originally very weary of it mostly because of the obvious decade-old visual quality, but the gameplay was way more than enough to make up for it. Played it for around a week after that non-stop with my brother and then, needless to say, bought StarCraft II, which has become extremely addicting. I wonder what I'd be playing now if I had never clicked on Torchlight, which had kept me occupied for the majority of the trip back home, instead of StarCraft.

#8 Posted by bellmont42 (317 posts) -

Fallen Earth!

#9 Edited by Akeldama (4238 posts) -

Jeanne d'Arc 

#10 Edited by Mesklinite (804 posts) -

Dead rising 2: case 0
#11 Posted by Lemoncookie01 (1667 posts) -

BlazBlue:CS,I wanted to return it after a few days because I sucked online.I gave it a few more days and now I loved it.
I still suck online though.

#12 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@mesklinite said:
" Dead rising 2. "
That's not out yet.
#13 Posted by President_Barackbar (3434 posts) -

The Saboteur, which is a really underappreciated game

#14 Posted by Akeldama (4238 posts) -

Also, Silent Hill 2. Found it in an EB games when I was about 10. Changed my life.

#15 Posted by MikkaQ (10268 posts) -

Well, one time I had a gift card for an EB Games, and I had no idea what to get, for no reason I asked the guy what was the best DS game he could think of, he pointed to Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow, and bought it on a whim. Boy was that game awesome, I was totally glad I bought it, that's one of my favorite DS games still. 

#16 Posted by mazik765 (2315 posts) -

WET, Ninety-Nine Nights, Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders and Circle of Doom come to mind off the top of my head.

#17 Edited by Diamond (8634 posts) -

Quantum Redshift on Xbox 1
Culdcept Saga on Xbox 360
Dirt 2 on PC (completely wrote it off after Dirt 1)
Left 4 Dead 2 (actually had a fair amount of fun with it)
Valkyria Chronicles on PS3 (almost didn't buy it after the demo)
Plants vs Zombies (talking about the original PC version)
Pinball Hall of Fame William's Collection (back when the 360 and PS3 versions weren't out yet, heard it was good, bought it on Wii)
Gears of War 2 (almost didn't buy it after Gears 1)

#18 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -
@CL60: He said Case 0 which is the DLC.  
 
Mine would be Persona 3 for PSP.
#19 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

To be perfectly honest, the biggest risk I ever took was Call of Duty 4. At the time I thought the game looks like another "generic shooter" judging from the screenshots and shit, but everyone was all hyped and excited about it. So I was "meh, okay" and bought the game.  
 
Holy. Crap. Best game I've ever played and completely revolutionized how I view shooters. It was also my first purchased game for the 360; so it was pretty critical that I buy a good game for it. Before getting my 360; I would constantly buy shitty or mediocre games for my PS2 since I never bothered going to review sites. But this was the best risk I ever took.

#20 Posted by memo (421 posts) -
@ptys: Same here, I bought it and ignored the reviews, then I got hoked and even got the trials pack, great game for me
#21 Posted by Codeacious (960 posts) -

Global Agenda (what? It's fun now...), Blur, Borderlands, Gyromancer, and Zeno Clash.

#22 Posted by Tonic7 (238 posts) -

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts comes to mind. I know Brad raved about this game at length, but I still had my doubts from reading reviews and watching video footage. I ended up having a blast with it. 
  
My more potent answer would have to be World of Warcraft. Having never played an MMO before, my friends and I took a chance with WoW. Oh, the hours and hours lost....still, that game was spectacular for a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am glad to have played an MMO at length.

#23 Posted by Deusoma (3001 posts) -

The Saboteur turns out to be way better than the glitchy, uninspired mess Giant Bomb implied it to be. I'm just sorry I waited until I found it in a six-dollar bargain bin to pick it up!

#24 Posted by Fajita_Jim (1463 posts) -

Guild Wars. I didn't quite understand what it was until I had spent a few weeks on it. I was expecting a cheap MMO and got something so much more.

#25 Posted by Tonic7 (238 posts) -
@Fajita_Jim said:
" Guild Wars. I didn't quite understand what it was until I had spent a few weeks on it. I was expecting a cheap MMO and got something so much more. "
I was always tempted into playing Guild Wars, alas. Guild Wars 2 looks interesting enough, perhaps I'll give it a shot.
#26 Posted by BibleDoctor (698 posts) -

The Witcher.

#27 Posted by buzz_clik (6914 posts) -

This is gonna sound silly now, but GTA III. My boss and I had been following it for a while before it came out, and the day of release we used our lunch break to go purchase it without reading a single word of any review. The next day saw us using up way too much productive time rabbiting on about the range of shenanigans we got up to overnight, both of us still with a twinkle in our itchy, sleep-deprived eyes.
 
Also, EDF 2017!

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#28 Posted by suikoden352 (419 posts) -

darksiders. that game absolutely went above and beyond for me. i had no expectations for it and went in blind to it but it really is one of the few real standout games i've played all year.

#29 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Persona 4, tried it on an emulator and the glitches annoyed me so I went out and bought a PS2.
 
So worth it, now enjoying Persona 3 and Okami.

#30 Posted by Korrz (62 posts) -

NHL'11.  Now to clarify, the last hockey game I played was NHL 01 on my stepdads PS2.  Really glad I bought it, it's been a blast and is really helping tide me over until Reach.

#31 Posted by jeremy.hasse@gmail.com (27 posts) -

Prototype was one of my favorites of that year out of nowhere.

#32 Posted by EchoForge (154 posts) -


Fable II. Played the first one and didn't really like it. Then David Ellis on 1Up Yours just absolutely gushed over it. I was listening to the show on a Saturday morning while going to town and because he wouldn't shut up about it, I bought it. Was my 08 GotY, so I'm happy about it, and looking forward to FIII. 

Otherwise, with games costing the way they do, I just Lovefilm (ie. Netflix/GameFly for you guys across the pond) the games and if I like them, I likely end up purchasing them afterward, when they're on sale. Happened wirth Bayonetta, The Saboteur, AC2 and Bioshock 2 in recent months.

#33 Posted by Fajita_Jim (1463 posts) -
@Tonic7 said:
I was always tempted into playing Guild Wars, alas. Guild Wars 2 looks interesting enough, perhaps I'll give it a shot. "
 
It's certainly different and not for everyone. If you can get past the idea that level means nothing then perhaps you can enjoy it. The game really starts at level 20 (the cap).
#34 Posted by Tearhead (2154 posts) -

For me it's Fallout 3. I figured I wouldn't like it cus I wasn't really into Oblivion IV. However, the fact that I have spent over 80 hours paying Fallout 3 shows how much I was into that game.

#35 Posted by Gellrock (381 posts) -

Endwar, Kane and Lynch, Earth Defence Force 2017

#36 Posted by jimmy5150 (122 posts) -

I bought Halo 3 ODST without being sure if I would really like it, but actually ended up really enjoying how they switched up the pacing of the campaign.  

#37 Posted by evilrazer (480 posts) -

I was never sure about Bayonetta, but I've bought it and it's a great game.

#38 Posted by TheHT (10880 posts) -

Definitely Just Cause and KoTOR.

#39 Posted by Shirogane (3563 posts) -

Yakuza 3 maybe? I wasn't quite sure i'd like it as much as i did, cut content didn't help. But i was pretty damn excited for it. 
 
P4 definitely, considering i didn't like P3. It's now my favourite game. I still don't like P3 though.
#40 Posted by Victor018 (173 posts) -

The Orange Box.

#41 Posted by PurpleSpandex (282 posts) -

I took a leap on Trine back when it was PC only and 30 dollars I'm glad I did.

#42 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -

'splosion man

#43 Posted by BadNews (502 posts) -

Lost Planet 2. Brad had some points but he was largely on the wrong page when reviewing the game. That game is pretty damn bad single player but AMAZING with 4 player co-op.
 
Same thing with Castlevania HD. Great co-op, not so great single player.
 
Seriously, it's on the same crutch as Resident Evil 5, Borderlands, and Left 4 Dead 1 and 2. Yet they loved those. If It's meant and built around co-op, then review it based on that. Jeff played like 3 hours of co-op and brad hardly played any just to get the review out before the game ships. No offense, just saying I spent 40 hours on Castlevanaia HD and still am no where near getting everything done and Lost Planet I spent 30 hours and it was some of the most heart pounding action running along side a group and when the team pulls together like a well oiled engine.
 
 
Also Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts. AMAZING. Holy shit was Brad right on that one.

#44 Posted by altbotdos (124 posts) -

Definitely Borderlands. That game was so silky-smooth, played it for months. What a romance.

#45 Posted by Johnny5 (1354 posts) -

I like how half these titles are grade A critically acclaimed games. What type of risk is that!? Can't think of any games that have really been a stretch. Maybe Dynasty warriors or something.

#46 Posted by Shirogane (3563 posts) -

Right, how could i forget. BlazBlue Calamity Trigger. 
 
<-- Noel here says it all.
#47 Posted by huntad (1930 posts) -

Actually, Bioshock. I figured I wouldn't like it when it came out, because I hate having the crap scared out of me while playing games, but I played it a year or two later and loved it. I'm a big fan of it now.

#48 Posted by TomA (2531 posts) -
@Zidane_24 said:
" Topic basically says it all. If you've bought a game that you weren't sure on and were pleasantly surprised, share it here.   For me, it'd be Shadowrun. I wasn't totally sold on the whole idea of the "no single player" thing, but it turned out to be pretty much my favorite online FPS. "
ya shadowrun rocks
#49 Posted by innacces14 (735 posts) -

Call of Duty 4. I mean sure it may be a pandering choice, but I remember thinking about it cause a friend who was a WWII COD player really despised the change in scenery. On top of that I only had my 360 for about 3 months and was wondering if I should take the chance. Well thanks to COD4 it pretty much settled any lingering thoughts about my 360 going to waste and what-not...
 
...then it RROD'd when I played Rainbow 6 Vegas. lol

#50 Posted by Sharingan (35 posts) -

Suikoden for the PSone. Turned out to be one of my favorite games of all time. 
 
Dungeon Keeper for the PC, this also turned out to be just mindblowing. 
 
More recent would be King Arthur: The roleplaying wargame. Probably my favorite strategy game from last year. Daves quicklook got me curious, and I found the game to be simply awsome.