Recent Games You Were Hesitant to Buy, But Ended Up Loving.

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Simply, the title.

For me it was Crusader Kings 2 and Rayman Origins (both off Steam).

For Crusader Kings, I was deterred by the game's association to Europa Universalis 3. I like strategy games, but I don't have the time to spend a week just learning the most basic principals. CK2, however, has a comprehensive tutorial, and promised to base itself more on personal interactions between characters than other games. So, I tried it.

150 hrs later... It was worth every penny. It might not be the best game ever, but it provides legitimately unique gameplay that also happens to be fun (a rarity in the industry, I know).

Rayman, on the other hand, I picked up mainly because I've been jonesing for a good platformer, and it was only $30 for the PC version. Very fun game, I'm glad I made that purchase, too.

Agh, I'll have to go a few months back to find that kind of a game.

On October I bought STALKER from Steam, although I'm not big on FPS games. It was an open-world FPS with survival elements, so I took a leap of faith when it was on sale.

I LOVED it. It didn't hold my hand, I could use natural stealth (stay quiet, move behind pieces of cover, turn the flaslight off, etc.), the AI is simply amazing on occasion, there are a lot of good legitimate scares and the world truly felt alive, something that many sandboxes don't do well.

I am definitely getting the other STALKER games in the future. Definitely my kind of game

Norrdicus:
Agh, I'll have to go a few months back to find that kind of a game.

On October I bought STALKER from Steam, although I'm not big on FPS games. It was an open-world FPS with survival elements, so I took a leap of faith when it was on sale.

I LOVED it. It didn't hold my hand, I could use natural stealth (stay quiet, move behind pieces of cover, turn the flaslight off, etc.), the AI is simply amazing on occasion, there are a lot of good legitimate scares and the world truly felt alive, something that many sandboxes don't do well.

I am definitely getting the other STALKER games in the future. Definitely my kind of game

I would be... hesitant to get the other STALKER games. They don't match the quality of the first even closely. Instead, try installing mods to add a few things is my advice it you want to freshen it.

My brother recently showed me crusader kings 2. I have been tempted to get it.

GiglameshSoulEater:
I would be... hesitant to get the other STALKER games. They don't match the quality of the first even closely. Instead, try installing mods to add a few things is my advice it you want to freshen it.

I'm aware that Clear Sky is considered worst of the bunch

I'm going to take it as a challenge :P (can't go wrong if I can get it for 2.5-5€)

I thought Sengoku Basara would be exactly like Dynasty Warriors, which I didn't like, but I gave it a chance because there is no such thing as a bad Capcom game.
It is better in every way, and it is AWESOME!

The last Driver game. Never found much love for the Driver series, despite giving them all a fair crack. But this one is just fantastic. The jump mechanic works brilliantly and the story works around it really well. Superb game.

Well I wouldn't say I loved it but I was very pleasantly surprised by Alan Wake. Driver San Fran too.

Unfortunately I was very disappointed by Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which I bought at the same time as the other two.

I just recently bought God Hand from the PSN store.

I've never played a beat 'em up before and wasn't sure if I'd like it.

I can safely say that I'm loving it and don't regret the purchase at all.

I decided to download Crysis.

...well I didn't 'love' it.

Dark Souls. I told myself "Fuck that game, I have a wall, I have a head, I can bash it repeatedly for free."

I could never have been more wrong. Even now, while I'm screaming at Sen's Fortress because I can't find a bonfire, I'm having a lot of fun. Combat has weight and precision, the art direction draws me in as a big fan of Berserk, and of course, that elation upon victory is irreplaceable. It's so empowering, more so than any typical "male power fantasy" game I've ever played.

That fortress is coming down, because what Lordran doesn't know is that I'm the most terrifying and powerful monster wandering in it.

Deus Ex Human Revolution. I had never played the original. I had no idea what the game was even about, didn't care for it when it launched last year. Picked it up with Enslaved for cheap a couple of days ago. I fucking love this game right now.

AyreonMaiden:
Dark Souls. I told myself "Fuck that game, I have a wall, I have a head, I can bash it repeatedly for free."

I could never have been more wrong. Even now, while I'm screaming at Sen's Fortress because I can't find a bonfire, I'm having a lot of fun. Combat has weight and precision, the art direction draws me in as a big fan of Berserk, and of course, that elation upon victory is irreplaceable. It's so empowering, more so than any typical "male power fantasy" game I've ever played.

That fortress is coming down, because what Lordran doesn't know is that I'm the most terrifying and powerful monster wandering in it.

Pretty much this.

I was put off from Demon/Dark Souls for some reason but kept seeing them in game shops. Went to pick them up then put them down again and got something else.

Thought "sod it" and got them one day and absolutely loved them.

The_Deleted:
The last Driver game. Never found much love for the Driver series, despite giving them all a fair crack. But this one is just fantastic. The jump mechanic works brilliantly and the story works around it really well. Superb game.

You're not talking about the Wii version, I hope. That game is half-assed Ubisoft garbage.

Would Red Dead Redemption still count as "recent"?

The thing is, I don't like the GTA series. No bashing of those who do but I've tried a few games and it just never really was my cup of tea.

So when the publicity of RDR was very "GTA: Old West" it seemed like it wouldn't be my cup of tea.
I decided to give it a try anyway and absolutely loved it, it's honestly one of my favorite games ever.

Journey. I was VERY hesitant because everyone was hyping it up. That usually kills it for me, but I recently got it and I fell in love :D
So glad I decided to play it.

deus ex human revolution. lazy design with the mission dlc.. and no intergration but otherwise i enjoyed it alot. id heard about there being button endings and for warned i actually quite liked it.

Hesitated on getting UFC Undisputed 3 due to the hype. Finally got it and loved it from the start. Although i'm still livid that Alistair Overeem is purchasable when i got him from a code promotion.

Recently, "Shadows of the Damned" was a God-damned battle by the salesman to convince me to pick it up, but I'm glad he persisted, because I loved it.

Also, "Bodycount". I picked it up for 20 bucks, played through it, traded it in for more than I initially payed for it. Forgettable game, but it worked out in the end.

P.S.- Captcha: "Lets roll"

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Okami, so much so i forgot about it for 4 years before finally buying it about a year and a half ago. Of course, it was amazing.

AyreonMaiden:
That fortress is coming down, because what Lordran doesn't know is that I'm the most terrifying and powerful monster wandering in it.

If youre still stuck in Sens Fortress then you may want to reverse that opinion before youre forced to eat those words by what lies beyond.

imahobbit4062:
Deus Ex Human Revolution. I had never played the original. I had no idea what the game was even about, didn't care for it when it launched last year. Picked it up with Enslaved for cheap a couple of days ago. I fucking love this game right now.

Right in the boat with this guy. Never played any other prior to this and was mostly worried that my comp wouldn't handle it. It has though, WONDERFULLY. I get a bit of slow down in Detroit but the game is so much fun. All the split paths you can take and the neat upgrades, the e-mails (great to see the Nigerian Scam E-mails are prevalent in the future) and the random bits of comedy, seriously, there were two IT guys who kept putting Animal Husbandry Porn on a guys computer.

Outside of that KOTOR. I remember playing one before and kept getting my ass kicked, playing this time around (a lot older) and it's a lot more fun for me. I have various other games that were only like $5 or so that I figured "Well shit, I can spend less than that on Lunch, whats the risk?" and have enjoyed, I just can't remember them all.

Gotham City Impostors. Go ahead, chalk it up to me not knowing any better when it comes to online-focused FPS games, or not having a laptop powerful enough to run any that use the microtransaction system as a way of maintaining their "free-to-play" status. I still think it's an entertaining take on the genre, and I do enjoy how the game seems devoted to making camping a short-term strategy at best.

Honorable mention to Driver: SF, to prove I'm not completely escaped from the court of popular opinion.

loudestmute:
Gotham City Impostors. Go ahead, chalk it up to me not knowing any better when it comes to online-focused FPS games, or not having a laptop powerful enough to run any that use the microtransaction system as a way of maintaining their "free-to-play" status. I still think it's an entertaining take on the genre, and I do enjoy how the game seems devoted to making camping a short-term strategy at best.

I was extremely disapointed with this game. It felt like DC thought that the Arkham games were so good, they could slap the Batman license on anything an it would sell!

I did, somewhat hesitantly, try the game, and couldn't help thinking, how does the Batman license make this any better? As much as I avoid tags or clichés, it does seem, in fact, to be Team Fortress Lite.

I picked up Deus Ex:HR during one of the many recent sales. Loved it. It's the first game in a long while that's made me actually think about what I ask or choose. The ending decision was pretty hard to make. I went for the stricter aug regulations and behind the scenes manipulation even though it goes against every single bit of my political viewpoint. It made me wonder whether it really is better for some things to be controlled from behind the curtain.

SSX. Never played any of the series before. However it did get good reviews everywhere and it was on sale. I had some left over credit at gamestop and went for it. I still haven't put it down. It's like this snowy gaming nirvana.

gigastar:
Okami, so much so i forgot about it for 4 years before finally buying it about a year and a half ago. Of course, it was amazing.

AyreonMaiden:
That fortress is coming down, because what Lordran doesn't know is that I'm the most terrifying and powerful monster wandering in it.

If youre still stuck in Sens Fortress then you may want to reverse that opinion before youre forced to eat those words by what lies beyond.

No need! After I found the bonfire, it was butter. I've just been trained to not trust any messages on ledges cause most are trying to trick you into dying. That bonfire was the real challenge, cause the Iron Golem was shockingly easy. More so, even, than the Gaping Dragon...

Made it through the Painted World as well. First time I was just gunning for the exit but I think I'm gonna go back through it today to loot the place and kill the optional boss. Because...SURPRISE! I'm stuck again! This time it's traversing the outer ledges in Anor Londo with the black knight snipers bearing down on me!

kman123:
I decided to download Crysis.

...well I didn't 'love' it.

Might want to rephrase that. Mods around here can be very strict.

OT: I am loving Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone, even though I was doubting it would be any good.

Tales of Graces f

I wasn't a fan of the last Tales game I played, but this one has got me hooked. The story (even with no jap. dubbing) keeps me wanting more, while the combat system keeps me entertained. The fact that the main character is the borderline annoying, wannabe hero type until tragedy hits (actually making him change/wake the fuck up) is endearing. The switch between children (after the first few hours) to young adults sets the stage for a great story for me.

Qitz:

imahobbit4062:
Deus Ex Human Revolution. I had never played the original. I had no idea what the game was even about, didn't care for it when it launched last year. Picked it up with Enslaved for cheap a couple of days ago. I fucking love this game right now.

Right in the boat with this guy. Never played any other prior to this and was mostly worried that my comp wouldn't handle it. It has though, WONDERFULLY. I get a bit of slow down in Detroit but the game is so much fun. All the split paths you can take and the neat upgrades, the e-mails (great to see the Nigerian Scam E-mails are prevalent in the future) and the random bits of comedy, seriously, there were two IT guys who kept putting Animal Husbandry Porn on a guys computer.

Haha I remember that bit. I love how they include all those pranks in the emails. Although I wasn't hesitant to buy Deus Ex, so that doesn't count. Erm...

I don't really have many, because I usually do my research before I buy.

Bioshock is probably the most likely. I mean, I knew it would be "good" as in it had good graphics, gameplay and story, according to others. That didn't mean I would like it though.

Picked it up for $9 in a sale, beat it in about 2 days. I am now in the process of doing a second playthrough without Vita Chambers to pick up that achievement.

kayisking:

kman123:
I decided to download Crysis.

...well I didn't 'love' it.

Might want to rephrase that. Mods around here can be very strict.

OT: I am loving Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone, even though I was doubting it would be any good.

Sorry, I downloaded it. Off Xbox Live. Spent like a bunch of points. Legit purchase.

If I seem sarcastic, I'm really not. I actually did download it off the Marketplace.

kman123:

kayisking:

kman123:
I decided to download Crysis.

...well I didn't 'love' it.

Might want to rephrase that. Mods around here can be very strict.

OT: I am loving Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone, even though I was doubting it would be any good.

Sorry, I downloaded it. Off Xbox Live. Spent like a bunch of points. Legit purchase.

If I seem sarcastic, I'm really not. I actually did download it off the Marketplace.

I figured you did, that's why I warned you. The mods around here can be pretty zealous.

Norrdicus:

GiglameshSoulEater:
I would be... hesitant to get the other STALKER games. They don't match the quality of the first even closely. Instead, try installing mods to add a few things is my advice it you want to freshen it.

I'm aware that Clear Sky is considered worst of the bunch

I'm going to take it as a challenge :P (can't go wrong if I can get it for 2.5-5€)

I actually liked Clear Sky. Sure, in terms of story and creepy atmosphere, it's definitely the worst of the bunch, but not by much. Plus, the faction system ensures you'll have much more action when compared to the rest, and it let's you learn the motivations of the different characters a little more.

What I'm trying to say is that it's not the crap-tastic generic shooter hardcore Stalker fans say it is, it's just... different.

Edit: Oh right, I should probably answer the OP's question:

Armored Core V

Now, I love Mech games. I grew up playing Mechwarrior 2 (Still the best Mech game ever created, SUCK IT AC!)

But I tried Armored Core 4 as my first true Armored Core game, and I hated it. Nothing was explained (Primal Armor, wtf?), the controls sucked, and the UI was terrible.

But Armored Core V fixed all that, and now I'm having a blast!

Um, don't know what else to say about it, multiplayer is epic, and Mech fans should DEFINITELY give this a try, right now!

Alan Wake, god that game was amazing and now I'm kind of suffering from withdrawal of good story-driven games

Mass Effect 3. I was hesitant after the day one DLC thing but in the end I caved in. My willpower is not so good.

Hmm, nothing really comes to mind. If I'm hesitant about a game I just don't purchase it.

GiglameshSoulEater:
I would be... hesitant to get the other STALKER games. They don't match the quality of the first even closely. Instead, try installing mods to add a few things is my advice it you want to freshen it.

I'd disagree with you here. Call of Pripyat is a very decent game and even surpasses SoC in a few areas, in my opinion. Clear Sky on the other hand is indeed quite subpar, mostly because of the silly difficulty.

Krantos:
Rayman Origins

Rayman, on the other hand, I picked up mainly because I've been jonesing for a good platformer, and it was only $30 for the PC version. Very fun game, I'm glad I made that purchase, too.

Same here. The only real problem I have with it is the lack of online multiplayer. But why can't I stop trying to get 100% on all the levels? It's maddening.

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