I have no expectations for Metroid Prime 4. I'm going in expecting it to suck or get cancelled. I have no faith left in my favorite game series. The series was over once Executive Producer Gunpei Yokoi was pushed out of Nintendo and Died on the side of the highway. Honestly that's also when their Home Console brand died as he was responsible for engineering Nintendo's first home and portable consoles. I would trade Myamoto for him in a hot second. We lost the possibility of Nintendo going hardcore when we lost him, leaving us with Myamoto's family kid sister friendly version of the company. With out a man like Gunpei Yokoi, Nintendo is incapable of making a good Metroid game. They have to outsource it and we have to pray the team handling it knows what made Super Metroid the best game in the series. I've only seen that come close to happening with Prime 1 and 2 and even those missed the mark. It's like expecting a good comeback game from Rare's old catalog, it can only be done by a group of super fans.
I go into all games like this, doesn't matter what team is behind it, if you go in with no expectations other than a basis of "I hope this is good" then you'll find you get disappointed by games far less often, I just get games I hope to be good and try to avoid reviews from influencing my feelings too much on them, unless the reviews mention stuff like controls not working / being laggy or where the performance on a certain platform is so poor to impact the actual gameplay then I listen because the package is flawed from jump.
Always remember as well, it doesn't matter if there are games getting 97/98% on meta like BOTW or GTAIV, those games are great for most people... but there are people out there who absolutely hate those titles for various reasons, I just mean.... even if the game is a critical and financial success to millions of people and dollars, when you pick up the pad to play it there is always a chance it's just not going to be your cup of tea, especially happens sometimes I find if the game has been hyped to death to the point where anything other than a perfect experience would still be a let down just because the Hype Train was roaring so loud you expect the title to be the second coming of Super Mario Bros 3
No expectations = never let down!
(I do the same with people I'm going to meet lol)
Fancy hearing me on an amateur podcast with friends gushing over one of my favourite games? https://youtu.be/1I7JfMMxhf8