Yeah this. I was accustomed to playing games like Ratchet and Clank at the time, so I don't know what compelled me to ask my mom for this. She was okay with it, I had fun with the game despite not understanding most of what was going on, and I stuck with GTA til now.
World in Conflict. I thought it was going to be some big scale strategy game like another one I used to have but it actually was a pretty cool and detailed (arcade) RTS. Frankly, one of my favourite games.
This too. I don't play RTS a lot, but I do enjoy the genre. World in Conflict delivered.
I'll say that Assassin's Creed surprised me a few years back. I heard some praise for the game and its successor AC2 (already released at the time but I hadn't gotten into the series yet), but I didn't expect a lot going into the first one, not having played an AC game yet and having heard how repetitive it is. I decided to start with AC1 instead of AC2, so that if it was as repetitive as people were making it out to be then I wouldn't view the game more critically than I would if I had played AC2 first. It was indeed repetitive, but it blew my mind. Atmosphere was brilliant, platforming was fun, and the story was great at the time... remember when there were no ancient AI ghost gods in the AC universe?
So then I picked up AC2 almost immediately after finishing the first AC, and just being enamored by the game's presentation. AC2 was brilliant, and fortunately they resolved the issue of repetitiveness of the first game. That was no surprise though, since I went into the game with high expectations from the praise that the game had already gotten, and Ubisoft definitely delivered.