“I can still vividly remember my first time ever playing that game. It was such an awesome experience that it’s burned into my memory. Must have been like 13 at the time and my friend and I beat the entire thing together in one sitting while having a sleepover. We enjoyed it so much, we immediately started up a second playthrough.”
“Went to my uncle’s house for Christmas break. He had built his own PC and for two solid weeks, I played the game for at least 16 hours a day. Had to go back home, though, and I never played it again.
I’ve always had it in my mind to build my own PC, never have before, and play it over again. Maybe with some mods to update the graphics. But the quest lines, side missions, items, magic, etc. just blew me away like nothing else had.”
“Holy shit. I didn’t expect this to blow up the way it did. I’ve been talking about this game for ten years and nobody I’ve come across has played it before. Seeing this game get this kind of love warms my heart.”
“It was so revolutionary to me when it came out. I spent hours upon hours just combing through bombed-out buildings. Now it seems pretty basic, but at the time it was so immersive that I almost quit my job just to keep playing.”
“I was 11 and didn’t even know that style of art existed. My dad and I played together on weekends. He bought one of those guidebooks and read the whole thing so he could help me when I got stuck. It was the first RPG I ever played and finished. Probably one of my favorite memories of my dad and I spending time together.”
“The story from games 1–3 is astounding and the collection edition that recently came out made it even better. All in all, it’s a story experience that you MUST play. Few other games hold up narrative-wise.”
“Sure, it may not have aged as well for some people, but that world is utterly breathtaking. The interconnectivity. The way the lore is revealed so exquisitely through exploration and items’ descriptions.
I played this game for the first time at a really low point in my life and to me, it felt like an allegory for depression. I think I have heard this was something the designers intended and goddamn did they nail it.
Sometimes I can still hear that blacksmith hammering away in my dreams…”
“Nothing has ever compared to this game in regards to the feeling of adventure it gives you. The exploration, the gradual learning of all its systems of combat and customization, the feeling of wonder its environments give off, and the complete joy of going to a new map and realizing just how vast it is and that the story is nowhere near over. Also it has Gwent, which is just an incredible card game you can lose hours to when you’ve had enough of slaying monsters.”
“The first 20 minutes, I was tearing up. Such a masterpiece. The post-apocalyptic setting was so well done. It was so believable in that sense. Joel’s transition from smuggler to a father figure, the music! Everything!”
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