I want to give Mass Effect 2 another go for this reason. Hearing about its legendary status led to being completely let down in every regard by what I consider the trilogy’s weakest entry. We don’t talk about the other thing.
The real issue is after a while, it really does turn into peer pressure and conformity with some games. If I had 25 cents for every time someone talked with glowing praise of MGS V and ten cents for every time somebody slammed Metal Gear Survive despite their “experience” basically being one Jim Sterling video, Well, I’d be able to afford all the games I want in the next half-year.
Of course, I always welcome surprises. I heard the legends about Devil May Cry 1. WOW, was I missing out. It was every bit as amazing as I heard, and I can’t wait to finally play 3 SE and 4 SE once I’m done trudging painfully through DMC2.
Still, most of my favorites, like The Technomancer, were games I took a risk on after hearing about how awful they were and somewhat doubting the critics.
TL;DR: Looking past the hype is never a bad idea, just don’t be over-cynical.