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I'm more interested in how a game lives up to my own expectations.

For example, I recently played another game that had a lot of hype behind it. God of War. One of the highest rated games of all time, GOTY awards, etc.
But from everything I had seen myself in trailers and videos, it didn't seem like I'd find it particularly enjoyable. But who knows. I thought there might be more to it than meets the eye. If I got a chance to try it, I would. But I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

A couple of months ago my girlfriend got a couple of games she wanted to play during her time off, and started playing that one. I thought it'd be fun to play the same game at the same time so that we could talk about it. So I did. Though I found that my experience with the game was about as I expected.
It was really well made in a lot of ways, so from a critical perspective I'd rate it higher. But when it comes to my enjoyment, it was about a 4/10 for me.

I have similar feelings when watching trailers and vids of Breath of the Wild. It looks like I'd have an overall average time playing it.
So I actually hope it doesn't live up to my hype for it, and I find it more enjoyable than that.

Which can also happen. A few years ago I put Nier: Automata on hold because the first few hours of it made it seem like a DMC/Bayonetta type of game. Which I love. But I wasn't in the mood for that kind of game at the time. A year later I picked it up again after hearing some interesting things that didn't quite match my view of it. And after finishing it, it ended up being one of my most important and unique gaming experiences, along with Mario 64/OOT and Metal Gear Solid 1.

Hopefully BOTW is closer to the latter group than the former for me. But I don't know when I'll play it.

Last edited by Hiku - on 07 January 2020