what game did you realize is really good despite disliking it when you were younger?

Squid/Ken

⭐long time lurker
for me, I was digging up some old gamecube games my brother and I shared, and I found Soul Calibur 2. as a kid I didn't enjoy it because it wasn't like melee at all, but after replaying it I can confirm I was missing out big time. it feels so satisfying to play, and it's really fast paced and doesn't have too much fluff. I don't like weapons master that much though
 

The Sin Heartless

Why so serious?
This is going to be a bit of a wild pick, but Pokemon TCG turned me off from playing it during its Gen 5/6 era when the Basic Pokemon EX cards became the meta. It was only recently when I chose to start playing around with Gen 1 cards with my buddy that I rediscovered why I was fascinated with the game initially.

In terms of video games, I haven't had that kind of experiences with strong emotions to them to be honest. The closest to reaching that status is the PSP port of Tekken 6, and even then despite Tekken 7 going off the deep end with its storyline, I still prefer to not touch that game due to how they massacred my main.
 

RedSRB2

An Amateur Guide Maker
Sonic 1
As a kid,i didnt knew the jump button exists,so i coulnt even do progress on Green Hill Act 1 XD.
I was struggling with the entire game then,but now i can beat it millions of times.
 

Voidy2246

Member
Spongebob Supersponge. Sucked at it as a kid, but beat it later in life. It's charming for what it is, I suppose.
 

tabu

Member
i think this sort of applies to the genesis sonic games in general for me honestly. sure i PLAYED them a lot as a kid and enjoyed them enough but i remembering feeling they were a bit dull and rote and generally preferring the adventure games. nowadays i actually know how to use the momentum (not to mention can actually get to the upper paths ever without blaming the game for only seeing the lower ones) which i think is the golden secret to [real] classic sonic that makes it iconic and yeah now 3&k is without a doubt my favorite in the series. i guess my real answer is 3&k because it went in my view from mid to 16-bit perfection.

my off-topic answer would be resident evil 2 lol. didn't help i was like six the first time i played it on a friend's n64, loading a save right before the autopsy room...
 
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time gear

Eternity in an hour
I've probably mentioned this in another thread before, but I didn't really like Mega Man ZX the first time I played it. I loved the Zero games, so ZX being a sequel series was really hype to me. Then it turned out that the mission system and map system were rather poorly designed, not really telling you where you need to go as a new player. I ended up putting the game down, but eventually decided to give ZX Advent a chance not long after it came out. I ended up loving it, which inspired me to go back and give the first game another chance. I ended up loving that one too, and now they're some of my favorite games right along side the Zero series.
 

clairebun

Community Noise Maker
Sonic Team Junior
Mega Man games generally speaking were too hard for me back then and I didn't really get into them until I was in my teens probably. I think I probably wanted to like them at the time but the skill gap was too intimidating for me.
 

Neigdoig

Member
Where can I begin with this? There were quite a few games that were deserving of this status. I had not gotten used to this game (SRB2) when I first started, as it was a different feel, and boy was it difficult at first. Nowadays, I can speedrun pretty well into THZ 3 for the All Emeralds route as Sonic (It takes me a few minutes, but at least single digit minutes IGT as far as I know).
 

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