Final Fantasy 7.
My dad brought it home one day after finding it in a bargain bin. So no expectations going in, never heard of it before and it was in a bargain bin, so how good could it really be? Well anybody who's played it should know that it's fantastic
I do prefer FF 8-10. But I went into all of those with huge hype and expectations. FF7 is the only one where I expected nothing and ended up playing one of the greatest games of all time.
Oof, now that you mention it! I had a similar experience with FFVII when I was on a visit at a friend's house. He disliked the game because he couldn't get passed the first boss (facepalm). So that's when I fell in love with FFVII.
Gameplay > Graphics
Substance > Style
Art Direction > Realism