That happened a lot lately for me so maybe it’s worth a discussion.
Not necessarily a “it was better in my memories” feeling after playing a game from your childhood (on the NES mini you bought 200 bucks on eBay) but a game played recently and, when you reached the end credits, you jumped on Twitter to say how awesome that EXPERIENCE was and that you’ll never forget it. Then, over time after re-thinking about it or watching a video / reading a paper pointing some things you haven’t think of you… switch your mind and whatevered it (or even dislike it).
Most recent example is Playdead’s INSIDE that was really high on my GOTY list. But over time the lack of “meaning” I could find about the game and its ending (despite reading lot of things about it) really irked while I accepted it at first. From a “mysterious and probably deep story” I know mostly remember really smooth animations and one or two cool puzzles.
Also, I guess it’s more because I played a lot of them in a short period of time, but my love for First Person Adventure games (aka Walking Simulators) as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Ethan Carter and Dear Esther (played in that order) really deflated as I was going though them. Maybe too much of them. Probably why I am holding back What Remain of Edin Fitch for now (that and the technical issues on PS4). My love for Gone Home is still intact though <3 (same for Firewatch but the narrative mechanic makes the player more invested in the story than the 4 other games so I don’t fully put it in the same group).