I’m talking about games where you originally loved the hell out of them initially but then later, with more context informing your experience. Or the opposite.
Initially, I didn’t want to touch Crackdown because it just seemed like “the game that was so bad they had to bundle Halo 3’s beta with it to sell it”. Until I found a love for sandbox games after playing Saints Row 2 and discovered all the many games in the genre (and seeing Crackdown as one of them). I fell in love with it. It also came at a time in my life when a member of my family was getting into shady shit and we were falling out and I was a stubborn edgy teenage boy that only thought in black and white so playing a game that allowed me to engage in excessive violence against criminals as a kind of catharsis for my personal experience.
Then, even later, I became more aware of the injustices that police across the world commit against citizens (especially in the United States) with all the killings of unarmed (usually black) men, women, and children and it became hard for me to come back to it. I know that the game actually has a twist that subverts the glorification of the dehumanization and violence committed against those we deem as “criminals”, but unless you actually reach the very end? I would say it’d be hard for most people to see that the game is actually a condemnation of police brutality by showing how ridiculous it would be for cops to have that much power. The satire is kind of lost in the fun, like Far Cry 3.
Sorry, I don’t really have an opposite example on hand, but I’m always open to a game changing my mind. EDIT: I guess assassin’s creed origins. I had no faith in it making such a radical change to the gameplay formula (plus, I didn’t think my PC could run it), but hot damn it WORKED. The combat was a little annoying and repetitive and the stealth felt worse, but the side quests felt compelling, I LOVED Bayek and Aya and the trajectory of their relationship (which felt bittersweet, but overall positive). Stories I heard about it also painted it in a VERY positive light.
What games have been ruined/made good for you over time?