Most new games, especially overly hyped ones, seem to fall into the ‘I will probably not like this’ category. This is probably a defense mechanism I have developed over the years. Basically I would rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed.
While my entire list of ‘hate to great’ is rather lengthy, there is one in particular that started clearly in the negative – Portal.
After its release people were frothing at the mouth with praise. This of course made me incredible suspicious, but also rather curious. As I hadn’t purchased the Orange Box I went looking online for information on the game. The first thing I found was this odd web puzzle version of the game, clearly a knock off. The experience was so incredibly terrible that I vowed never to bother with anything Portal again. (Yes, this was totally not fair to the actual Portal game and I know that…now.)
Fast forward to Portal 2’s release. I really wanted to try this because it was cooperative. Me = sucker for cooperative.
Long story short, I was told it was unacceptable to play Portal 2 without first playing Portal. So I did and loved it, but complained the entire time.
Skyrim is another example. I was sure that I would be bored out of my mind two seconds in; I’m still playing it. Mass Effect 2 was another, tried it mainly because a good friend was so rabid about it; ended up finishing the game. Uncharted 2, only picked it up because I thought it was going to be cooperative, got hooked anyway.