What's the best game you didn't expect to like, but?
What's the best game you ever played that you didn't expect to like, but you ended up loving it? I'm thinking back to 1997 for one of my picks. The Playstation was hot, so was the N64 and 3-D snobbery was no joke. I read all the magazines at the time and PSM (Playstation Magazine) gave Castlevania: Symphony of the Night game of the year after all was said and done for '97, while other magazines gave that honor to something else. I was quite shocked. I think vampire themes are lame, (still do) and although my all-time favs are dedicated arcade side scrollers like Rygar, Black Tiger and Rastan Saga, I scoffed at the idea. Many months later, and still scoffing at the idea, I made myself pick up the game to see why it got game of the year.
I managed to get the game used for 19.99 and threw it in my PSX. I played it for about a ½ an hour or more and I thought I was right. I was using this crappy "red rust" sword that a skeleton dropped and wasn't having fun. I didn't play the game for another month or two, but when I did, I realized I was using a cursed sword and switched to something else. I began to see how many secrets, items and bosses there were to encounter and I was hooked! The music was also amazing and kept renewing with each new area of the castle discovered. Great classical music (with some avant-garde) has never had as much of a front seat since that game.
So, what game did you practically avoid at all costs, but ended up as a true favorite in your collection?