Taking inspiration from recent threads where the "real next gen" games have failed to live up to the hype, I'd like to know when was the last time a game took your expectations and shattered them in a good way. So when was it?
For me, it was Pikmin 3. It had been ages since I played a Pikmin game and I wasn't really that excited to play the latest game. Still, I'm an asshole that has to have everything so I purchased it. After a couple of hours, the game became an obssession. I was totally blown away by how much I loved it. The mechanics, the atmosphere, the feeling it gave me--that game was a reminder of why I played video games. I gravitate towards games with hot females, explosions, deep story, etc. and Pikmin 3 had none of that. I loved it just the same. That was the last time I played a game and said "Wow. Now this is what it's all about."
So for you, what did it? Was it the awesome graphics of Ryse? The engrossing narrative of the Last of Us? The silky smooth gameplay of Super Mario 3D World? Have at thee, knave!