Weekend Hot Topic, Part 1: Video Games Above Expectation


Final Fantasy 7 Remake – Better Than Expected (Image: Square Enix)

GameCentral readers discuss the games you didn't know even better than expected, from Uncharted 2 to God Of War.

The question for this week's Hot Topic was suggested by Reader Comp, who doesn & # 39; t ask which highly anticipated game came closest to meeting or exceeding your expectations?

Nowadays, hype can easily get out of control, but many could still be pleasantly surprised, even if they have read before or seen examples.

Push the needle
To my great surprise, I would say that the recent Final Fantasy 7 Remake fits the bill here. To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect, because there were so many ways that it could go wrong and almost impossible that they could distort the need between fan service and a good game without problems. But they pulled it off nicely and I was very impressed.

The graphics were great, the characterization was great (most of these characters didn't have a good personality before, but I liked almost all of them except Wedge), and I love fighting. I know there was a lot of worry about the action-y style before it came out, but this really surprised me with how fun it was while still having some depth.

The only bit I'm not 100% sold on is when it starts to deviate from the original story, where it's all a bit too meta-starting to get to my taste. But it certainly deserves my benefit of doubt now and I will get no second question.

Happy sequel
After I really enjoyed Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, I really looked forward to Uncharted 2. It certainly didn't disappoint! Fighting and climbing were much better merged compared to the first game, it had exciting set pieces (the train stand is still a stand out more than 10 years later), and despite Chloe Frazer, the chemistry between Nate and Elena wasn't introduced I so loved the first game was better than ever!

While the first game was basically just a treasure hunt, the sequel made you feel that there was much more in place thanks to the sinister bad boy Zoran Lazarevic.

& # 39; In general, I find that most games just don't follow & # 39; e hype, but I think that's mainly my fault, because I'm pretty picky!
Last yearModel

Change of opinion
The God Of War again would be my choice for this. I went through so many different thoughts about the game before I finally realized that it was one of the best that I have ever played. When it was first announced, I didn't bother, because I didn't like the originals and hated Kratos as a character. Then the reviews came in and they were much, much better than I expected. But when I played it myself, I still managed to exceed my expectations!

I had read a poor amount before I played it, so I wasn't convinced I wanted to get it, but I didn't know how important spoilers to go. But I think I assumed that being closer to the original would be games in terms of story and action, but it's pretty much not. It's almost a criticism of them and the original Kratos, and I love it.

People complain about persecution and restart etc., but to me it makes no difference. If a game is good, it's good and this would never have received the budget it did if it wasn't part of a famous franchise. So even though I had zero interest at first, I was very pleasantly surprised by the end product.
Terry Gold

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The future of video games
I'd say GTA: Vice City, old so it's not. GTA 3 would probably count as well, but I wasn't really aware of the release and bought it only once everyone started talking about it. However, I was ready for the next one and it did not disappoint at all.

The & # 39; soundtrack of the & # 39; 80s, the & # 39; a movie, the very different kind of city to GTA 3 … I found the whole thing amazing and it felt like we were plotting in & # 39; the future of video games. That seems funny now when you see how funny it looks now, but the memories of time were great.

I often remember asking myself how they could get so much guidance and detail into the game, though we now know that it's about Rockstar treating their staff like slaves, so that leads to a bit of a nasty taste. Still, hopefully they have resumed their action by now.

Timeless release
The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask really stood out to me as a game that met my expectations.

I don't think there was as much hype as some games that will be mentioned this weekend, on a basis that it is of & # 39; It was clear that it would be fairly similar to Ocarina Of Time, so we had a good idea of ​​what we were getting and there wasn't much room for expectations / speculation on snowball. However, that was good for me.

It feels a little silly to say, but I loved Ocarina Of Time so much that I really just wanted more of the same. It was comforting to me that the core gameplay mechanics and aesthetics were essentially identical to its predecessor, and as much as that was probably reasonably restrictive for the developers, at least they could concentrate on creating a load of imaginative new environments and gameplay situations.

It felt like the most generous expansion pack ever, for my favorite game ever, which was exactly what I wanted at the time.

I didn't really realize how dark the game was in parts, but this added a really interesting layer to my experience when I went back and replayed the game as an adult, which I feel it helps to standing on his own as a classic. That not only did Majorâ & # x20AC; & # x2122; s Mask meet my expectations when it came out all those years ago, it also stood the rest of time.

Give praise
Probably not the first game that comes to most people, but I would say Hollow Knight. I'm still not here or there when it comes to Metroidvanias, but I enjoy it and although & # 39; there was a great deal of hype and praise for the game, I wasn't convinced by any of the recordings.

And then I played it and I was just blown away! An incredibly well made game that is better than 90% of larger budget games and perfectly full of accuracy with its price and length. I would recommend it to anyone.

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First follow-up words are always the best
One of the few games to reach the height of my lofty standards was, and remains, Mass Effect 2. The first set anticipates this extended trilogy of games with memorable encounters, and complex and moving relationships with your crew. And then that ultimately refers to the approach of & # 39; e Reapers! I was hyped to continue this narrative and then the information began to come out about the sequel: a new cast of characters, returning friends and allies, expanded additional content, however it was a lot to incorporate, so I chose to a more savings approach in what I viewed.

And then they released that trailer President Bartlet himself introduced as this escaping sickly figure of authority, the use of Heart of Courage by Two Steps From Hell a great choice for music to build up the hype. The suggestion of & # 39; Shephard's death in & # 39; opening hours, the threat to everyone's favorite Quarian outcast Tali and the introduction of Miranda into an outfit that & # 39; s the Star Trek cast will blush. Needless to say, the hype was very real and tangible and fortunately the game exceeded all expectations.

At first I was a little unsure of the utter lack of the original crew, but almost everyone introduced left a memorable impression and set an unattainable standard for the third and final game with how to solve this problem. The narrative was tight, the definitive suicide girl remains one of & # 39; s best closing actions in a game ever, that felt earned with how & # 39; it happened to that moment.

I loved the connection between the franchises, with the ability to carry a Dragon Age-inspired pack of space weapons to carry that was taken at face value by those around you. And then, nine months later, continue the experience with the release of Lair Of The Shadow Broker and the returning Liara, which would continue your new romance if you chose not to pursue Miranda.

Of course, it meant that expectations for the final game were out of measure, I largely enjoyed it, but surely the obituary of Mass Effect 3 is tainted both with the ending and the backlog of the fans to the developers. If you can separate the general narrative of & # 39; s trilogy from your memories, surely the hype, expectations, and experience of Mass Effect 2 should rank as one of & # 39; e defining games of that generation.
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