Yo Allies! What's the last game that surprised you?



  • Apologies for replying in a big old lump here, I didn't realise I'd be kept on a short leash because I'm new, but my posts are super limited so it's the best way I can handle it for now I guess.

    @El-Shmiablo I've watched a ton of people playing Overcooked and it does look hilarious :P I don't have it myself because of my aforementioned anti-social tendencies, but I'm totally onboard with it in spirit.

    @Rock Vampire has been sitting in my Steam library for a long, long time now. I've really got to play it when I'm done with the pile of RPGs I thought it would be a good idea to start all at once. o_o And hey, 15 hours is plenty, when you're done you're done. I used to try beat everything I started but nowadays I take the same approach, and gaming is way more relaxing as a result.

    As for Wolfenstein, the new ones are just so different to the older games I can see why you'd miss the style of the past. It's definitely been reinvented in a similar way to modern Doom, which is probably a love it or hate it kind of thing. I'm not really a fan of Doom, but I was pleasantly surprised by the places the story went in The New Colossus, even if I wasn't crazy about the gameplay.

    @Chocobop La-Mulana is something I haven't even heard of, but the way you describe how it prepares you for puzzles reminds me of how I felt with The Witness. The whole idea of tough but rewarding gameplay is something I'm a big fan of, so that might be right up my street. ^ . ^ I'd love to hear your thoughts when you reach the end too!

    @Hidz So far I've only played Yakuza 3, and I enjoyed that quite a lot. I've been so close to pulling the trigger on both 0 and Kiwami because I want to get fully onboard with the series. It was actually Huber's enthusiasm that got me playing 3 so I understand your motivation there. :P If I'd made this post back when RE7 came out that could well have been the game I led with, I was concerned it would fall flat but I ended up really enjoying it.

    @Minamik I've heard of that game, but the only thing I know about it is that it's considered a real hidden gem. Quick question, how does it control? I never get on with motion controls which is why my Wii has never seen a whole lot of use. Stories are kind of what I live for, so you saying you were emotionally floored has really peaked my interest.

    @bard91 I approve of your signature. :P Ben's enthusiasm for Trails of Cold steel has had me thinking about trying it at some point, but I'm currently knee deep in Persona 5 myself, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Ni No Kuni. Why I thought it was a good idea to do these things all at once, I honestly couldn't tell you. - _ -

    @JamboHyland95 I adore The World Ends With You! I picked it up because of the Nomura influence and did not regret it, totally getting it again now it's coming to Switch. ^ . ^ The devs have expressed interest in making a sequel a bunch over the years too, so hopefully this re-release does well enough to make that happen.

    As for Night in the Woods, I've heard a fair few people say it's one of their favourites of last year. I get the impression it's short too, so I need to squeeze that in somewhere.

    Sorry again for the enourmous post everyone, you all gave me some of your time so I wanted to make sure I returned the favour. This won't have to happen when the forum trusts me some, so please bear with me. <3



  • Personally, the instances of surprise for me are negative. I'm really picky about what I want to try and often I really like or find a game adequate.

    There are three distinct instances which I tried them primarily because they are heralded as great games, but for me, I came away intensely disappointed to say the least. I know I've said as much in another thread, a long while ago, so I'll just keep to the games, but for one reason or another, I felt burned by the following:

    Final Fantasy VI
    Ico/Shadow of the Colossus
    Inside

    Oh, and Final Fantasies VIII and XIII for trying those on my own and viscerally despising.



  • @Lux-Noctis that makes me realize I should change my signature, it was true pretty much for most of April but that is long gone, and just because I never get tired of it, I'll say just drop Ni No Kuni because that game is trash :P and to keep in line with the thread it is easily the most negative surprised I've ever had in gaming, never has love turned to hate for me like that.



  • Wouldn't say it's the most recent one since it was like four and a half years ago at this point but the one that immediately springs to mind is Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F. I'd never played the previous games, never really got into vocaloids or anything to that effect, but I was bored one night looking up PS3 demos and came across it (I think this was either right before or right after it came out stateside.) I remembered a guy I knew in high school swore by the PSP ones and figured "yeah sure why not." Ended up buying the game later that night because it was so fun and I wound up putting over 100 hours into the game across both the PS3 and Vita versions by the time all was said and done. Easily my favorite game of 2013, though oddly enough I never got too deep into F2nd and never touched the newer ones since then.



  • @Brannox I definitely feel you with FFXIII, and VI didn't capture my attention when I put a few hours into it back in the day, for whatever reason. FFVIII always seems to be the most polarising one of the bunch, I actively disliked some of the design choices and that intro is unforgivably dull, it grew on me some but it's definitely low on my list of FF games personally.

    I adore Shadow of the Colossus and Inside, but given how atypical those games are I can definitely understand why they wouldn't appeal to everyone. I'm curious, what are a couple of games that you love?

    @bard91 It's actually interesting to hear someone with such a negative opinion since Ni No Kuni seems to be so beloved. :P I'm not way into the battle system, that i'll admit, but the art, world, and music I've found pretty charming so far. I can't help but wonder what made love turn to hate, so feel free to share provided it isn't too spoilery.

    @DeweyDTruman I feel like I see Hatsune Miku games coming out like clockwork but I've never actually played one myself. I'm actually not even sure how it plays, I guess I've just assumed it's a turn-based JRPG but I could be totally wrong. What about it grabbed you once you started playing?



  • You don't start Trails with Cold Steel. You start with Trails in the Sky. I will not sway on this! lol

    Also, Ni no Kuni isn't that bad, haha. The combat isn't amazing, but everything else is great.



  • @Lux-Noctis It's hard to answer and keep it paired down to a couple. So I'll provide my favorite 30 games. There's another place here you can find my list, but it's been tweaked a bit since I posted that. The following is in order:

    Final Fantasy VII
    Final Fantasy X
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    The Last of Us: Part II
    DOOM II
    Kingdom Hearts
    Gears of War 2
    Mass Effect
    Ratchet & Clank (2016)
    DOOM (2016)
    Resistance: Fall of Man
    Portal 2
    Left 4 Dead
    DOOM (1993)
    Gauntlet: Dark Legacy
    Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
    Kingdom Hearts II
    Final Fantasy XII
    God of War
    Mass Effect 2
    Gears of War
    Horizon: Zero Dawn
    Batman: Arkham City
    Spyro: The Dragon
    Sly 2: Band of Thieves
    Batman: Arkham Knight
    Pokemon Red/Blue
    Dishonored 2
    Ori and the Blind Forest
    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    So RPGs, FPSs, Action-Adventure, and primarily (but not completely) I prefer games with a heavy story/single player emphasis.



  • @Lux-Noctis Your posts are limited until you get a certain amount of upvotes. So guys upvote his posts please.



  • Also, Fragile Dreams controls are pretty janky, lol. But once I got into it, I kinda let it slide.



  • @ib0show wait seriously? I guess that makes sense against spambots or whatever, but I find that pretty annoying for any new user



  • @Lux-Noctis I loved the game the first few hours and I actually bought a PS3 in no small measure because of it, an RPG in collaboration with Ghibli, I could hardly think of something better.

    Then the ugly side of things started showing, a story that lost any interest I had in it, never-ending uninteresting dialogue written as if the audience were stupid, amazingly stupid companion AI that turned an ok battle system into an exercise in frustration management, a terrible ending that felt incredibly rushed (because it was, if I remember correctly), no amount of charm was able to make me overlook how bad the game was in many aspects, and once the hype and introduction was done it all went downhill



  • One game that really surprised me was Sleeping Dogs. I purchased it on a whim, TRU was having a BOGO 50% and I was really going for Darksiders 2. I had no idea what the second game I was going to get but I knew I really wanted Darksiders. So I just picked Sleeping Dogs based off the cover. After being disappointed with Darksiders and opened Sleeping Dogs and had a blast, I even purchased the Ultimate Edition when it came out on XB1



  • @Lux-Noctis They're rhythm games which I am always down for, and F is just a really, really fun one. Honestly I think it was a "right place right time" thing more than anything else. The songs were catchy (though not the kind of stuff I'd ever hunt down to listen to otherwise, but that's true of a lot of rhythm games I've enjoyed like EBA for example), the videos in the background are neat and as someone that always loves character customization being able to unlock so many different costumes for each character (between the ones designed for the specific song and others that are just there for the sake of it like Rin's costume based on Arle from Puyo Puyo) was a real treat.

    @Henry-Ramirez You just reminded me of another example: Zone of the Enders. I only got it since Gamestop was having a buy two get one free sale when I was like 13 or 14 and I'd already chosen Ratchet and Clank (good stuff) and MGS2 (which I never actually played beyond an hour or so until only a few years ago) and its cover just kinda looked neat. Wound up loving it. Wouldn't call it better than ZoE2 but I think it gets a bum rap in that department, it's still a cool little game.



  • Gravity Rush 2. That last act is simply out of this world! Nuff' said.



  • @Minamik See if you start with Trails in the Sky that's a whole other giant RPG added to the list, I can't keep up! :P As for Fragile Dreams, that whole thing about the controls is really what put me off the Wii in general, like even with the Mario Galaxy games which are excellent in almost every respect, I just couldn't get along with the waggle controls and whatnot. Whilst a re-release does seem unlikely I'd love to see one, so I could give it a shot without the jank.



  • @bard91 Ahh that's unfortunate! I'm really just trying to play catch up before Ni No Kuni 2, which looks more appealing to me thanks to the more action-heavy combat. I love me some Dark Cloud and Rogue Galaxy, so a Level 5 RPG with those kinds of mechanics just seem to sit right with me. Here's to hoping the second game's a step up!



  • @Henry-Ramirez Yes, Sleeping Dogs needs so much more love than it gets! It's always on sale for ridiculously little money now as well, even the Ultimate Edition. I have a crazy amount of respect for the developers too, after I played it I did a little reading about them, and their intention was to make a mechanically dense open world, where each one of its core systems was robust enough to prop up an entire game. So the hand-to-hand they wanted to be as good as a fighting game, the driving as good as a racer etc. Whilst they arguably didn't quite reach the heights they were aiming for, they set the quality bar super high in my opinion. Couple that with an interesting, seldom explored setting and you've got a real winner. Good pick man, 100% with you on this one.



  • @DeweyDTruman Oh it's a rhythm game, since I'm wading through so many big JRPGs that actually makes it more appealing to me, to be honest. I know what you mean about right place, right time too, it's a good feeling when a game absorbs you because it was totally what you needed in that moment.



  • @bam541 Nothing but positivity surrounds that game, I gotta play it at some point but there's just so much good stuff right now it's crazy! I feel like "out of this world" is an inside reference that's going to click for me once I get there. :P



  • If we're talking in negative way: Kingdom hearts Re:chain of memories. I enjoyed the first Kingdom Hearts, but Re:chains' combat was so frustrating. I went from "wat" to "Now I get it! It's pretty fun!" to "Fuck this". It's the only game where I hardquit out of frustration because of the gameplay and looked up the cinematics on youtube just to get the story.