Or I suppose it’ll be the day after Halloween by the time you read this, but that’s no reason to be any less festive, is it? Every year, we try to give some kind of feature towards the day of ghouls and goblins, and 2011 is no different. While in the past we may have covered a list of scariest games or done a Halloween Pop Quiz, this year I wanted to skew in a bit of a different direction.
In the midst of an avalanche of fall releases, games can easily land on either side of the fence. No matter how many previews we consume or betas we check out, there’s no such thing as a surefire “S”, even for games as big as Uncharted 3 or Skyrim. Sure, we think we know what to expect, but a game can turn out to be brilliant just as easily as it can turn out to be a dud. Think of it as two sides of a coin.
Since it’s Halloween, we can label each side of this proverbial coin as a gaming “trick” or “treat”. In my time as a gamer, I think I’ve experienced equal parts of both. For every surprise treat like Batman: Arkham City I’ve had my fair share of disappointments. I can think of a handful of tricks such as Metal Gear Solid 2, Grand Theft Auto IV (I know some of you will completely disagree with me on that one) and others.
Honestly, this duality is part of what makes buying games both nerve wracking and exciting. You never know when a game is totally going to put a smile on your face, exceed your expectations or even change the way you view games on the whole.
So I’ll open this up. When have you guys experienced gaming tricks or gaming treats? Games that either totally surprised you with their high quality or totally landed with a mediocre thud? Go!