As I mentioned in a few posts already, I picked up Skyrim!
I’m genuinely surprised by how hooked the game has got me. It’s a huge game. Maybe too huge, even; I’m already drowning in quests. But that’s great, too. I’m not required to progress linearly. Hell, I could save the main storyline for last if I wanted, and train up my surprise archery skills in the mean time. Or maybe just wander around and see the sights, playing songs of bards to calm my assailants.
It’s been quite some time since I last felt this into a big, explorable game. I’ve been looking for something like this for so long, something I could sink my teeth in, but still play casually enough for it to stay enjoyable. Something with depth, options, but no pressure to discover every single path.
And I have played games that match that description, but they never really stuck. Maybe this is different, because it’s such a highly esteemed game that I’m finally experiencing, discovering where all the hype and jokes come from. Maybe this is different, because I can just hang back and play using a controller, rather than cramping my hands on the keyboard and mouse. Maybe this is different, because I’m forcing myself over my fear of exploring dark, scary dungeons. Heh. Maybe it will stick, this time.
But then again, maybe I’ll have dropped this game come next week, and found a new favorite experience.