Your First Time
Words by DrJohnGalt
Came across this meme a while back and have been thinking about it ever since. I thought the answer would be obvious, but the more I considered some of my favorite games, the harder it was to pick just one.
And I think a lot of the games I remember loving aren’t just about the game itself, it’s also about the other things going on in my life while I was playing the game. Would my favorite games still be as fun today? Sure. But they may not connect with me the same way emotionally.
Also, would our favorite games still hit us in that magic spot if we played them today? I’m not so sure; I think the great games we’ve played since then have spoiled us. So for the sake of this post I will consider the question one of re-playing it at the same point in the evolution of games. Playing a 20 year old game for the first time nowadays probably wouldn’t be very impressive no matter what it is.
But that aside, a few games I’d like to re-experience for the first time would be:
Much like the newly released No Man’s Sky, Fable didn’t live up to the hype. But it couldn’t. And also like NMS, I’m still having a blast playing it. Fable was a refreshing take on action RPGs and the good/bad character development. I liked the game world, I liked the story, I liked the graphic style, the gameplay, the design, and the people and creatures I encountered. It was a fun game, simple as that. Did it have its share of problems? Without a doubt. But I’d love to be able to do this one again for the first time. Unfortunately it’s not backward compatible, so I’m going to have to settle for a replay of Fable II. Which isn’t so bad either.
The Elder Scrolls: Morrowwind
This was my first open-world RPG experience. And I’ll admit, I was a
little utterly overwhelmed by the freedom, choices, and of course, consequences at the time. Honestly, it wasn’t until I played through Oblivion later on that the whole concept “clicked” for me. But I think out of all the Elder Scrolls games I’ve played so far, this is the one I’d love to re-play for the first time. Hell, I’d love to get a port or remaster of this to play again today.
I was never big into sci-fi stuff (relative to fantasy), but Fallout 3 changed all that. So much so, in fact, that I’ve actually started a new playthrough as part of my last-gen exploration series. And although I liked almost everything about Fallout: New Vegas better and enjoyed Fallout 1 and 2 for what they were (and yes, even Fallout 5 did a lot of great stuff along with a few steps back), Fallout 3 is the one that bit me.
These are just the top 3; I may go into more detail about each game (and others I’d add to the list) in individual blog posts sometime down the line. For now, let us know what games you’d like to experience again for the first time in the comments below!