MOST SURPRISING GAME...
Cyberpunk 2020. I didn't go in expecting much. The Gamemaster had, to me, peculiar tastes in games and my buddy and I had gone through character generation with him for several games I never wanted to play.
But Cyberpunk 2020 was different. Character gen was interesting and the mechanics made sense. Elegant sense. And then the game mechanics were a joy. While I loved Champions, the mechanics were heavy. And at the time, while I loathed ADnD, it was because the mechanics were bolted on over a decade and a half.
Cyberpunk 2020 was sleek. It purred to me that it wanted me to play. It wanted me to enjoy.
Sadly, I played just a handful of sessions. But I still look at Interlock, the system behind Cyberpunk 2020 with awe. When Fuzion was born, I really wished it had more of Interlock's DNA than the Hero Systems.