True - I only bought Dishonored because of word-of-mouth from a friend I trust to only recommend things that are actually good. He’s recommended so many things that sounded moronic on paper, but which both my wife and I actually loved that I just follow his advice now (Vampire Diaries and The Amazing Race for example on TV - I would never have touched either with a 10ft pole by myself - but we loved both, though TVD eventually got a bit too silly/circular - it took like six seasons!).
Anyway, Dishonored was legit awesome, one of the best action-y games I’ve ever played, up there with Looking Glass stuff and so on. Normally with action games I have a strong tendency to not finish them, too, to just go “Yep, good game” and stop playing. Not so Dishonored. It kept me excited and challenged-feeling right up to the excellent ending.
Still have yet to play the DLC (I have it but…). Really should do that.
Indeed - in film you have Terminator 1/2 and Aliens, for example (non-coincidentally all by James Cameron, I note). I know a number of people who have no time for SF as a concept and/or generally avoid SF things like the plague who really like one of those movies, including some really fancy literary types.
Skyrim, I think, almost transcends being a game. It might not be a very good game, by the standards of gaming. Indeed, most of the people I know who knock it are more serious gamers. But like with those movies, I know people who play Skyrim who don’t play games generally. Pretty much all of them I’ve talked to about it saw someone else playing it, became fascinated, demanded a “go” themselves, and became hooked.
GTA sort of borders on this too, in my experience (but not, interestingly, Sleeping Dogs, despite the latter being awesome - it’s apparently missing some element of inviting-ness or obvious-ness or immediacy or something).