For the longest time, I avoided Batman: Arkham Asylum. I heard that it was an awesome game, but I also heard a lot about the fighting in the game. For some reason, that turned me off. I knew it wasn't a "fighting" game like Street Fighter or something like that. But I'm not as good with fighting mechanics in most games as I would like to be, and I don't find them that fun (see games like Bayonetta and Castlevania and the like, which are supposedly great games but just not my cup of tea).

So I chalked up to another game in that genre, a game that everybody raves about but that wasn't for me.

A couple of weeks ago, I was back home in Iowa visiting the folks, and we went to Gamestop. I was checking out some of the older games, to tide me over until I was going to buy NCAA Football 12, and saw the Game of the Year edition of Arkham Asylum for $30. (Also bought Bioshock 2 and CSI: Fatal Conspiracy, the latter of which I may blog about later). I decided to pick it up, figuring "what the hell? It's only $30"

(Thanks to Collider for the pic)

Colour me gobsmacked and poke me in the eye, but this game is awesome!

I found the combat to be very reminiscent of Assassin's Creed (which I had no problem handling), though it definitely has a unique flavour all its own. The combo mechanic is a great addition to the whole thing. While I'm still not very good at it (the challenges are kicking my ass), I'm good enough that the game is actually fun rather than tedious.

What a pleasant surprise.

I wasn't on pins and needles waiting for Arkham City as everybody else was, but now that I've finished the first game (except for some challenges, which I may not complete), I'm definitely anxious to get the second one.

Thus, the point of the title of this post.

Have you ever had an impression of a game, from what you've heard about it or seen or whatever, that kept you away from getting a game?

And then, when you finally try it out because it's cheap, someone gave it to you, etc, you found that the game was so good that it made you want to get any sequels?

(Yes, I am back on GIO after a 6-week hiatus, and I hope to keep up both with reading and blogging, though we'll see if it turns out. I didn't want to do a "hey, how have you all been? I'm back!" type post, because that sounds really conceited. Those of you who know me know that I'm only a *little* conceited)