This is it. The final entry in H&F’s Greatest Video Game of All Time series. This is big-time stuff. This is our ultimate FAVORITE game ever in the world. These games are important to us, tied to who we are, and in our hearts. We’ve finally arrived. If you missed the others on our countdown, please check them out: #25,#24,#23,#22,#21,#20, #19, #18, #17, #16, #15, #14, #13, #12, #11, #10, #9, #8, #7, #6, #5, #4, #3, and #2.
#1 Greatest Video Game of All Time
Kai – Morrowind – I struggled to decide which of my top 3 is my most favorite game, but in the end it had to be Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. No other piece of art has ever transported me to another world like Morrowind. The art, the lore, the music, and the quests all contribute to an amazing world that you can truly get lost in.
Like most Elder Scrolls games, you start out as a prisoner, this time exiled to the island of Vvardenfell, home of the dark elves or Dunmer. You wake up as your ship reaches the harbor, with vague memories of a strange dream. With only a vague instruction to meet with an Imperial agent named Caius, you’re dropped off into this strange world, with the freedom to take part in any of the hundreds of stories taking place throughout the land.
I’m not sure what it is that makes Morrowind so much better than the other Elder Scrolls games. Perhaps it’s the lack of guidance and hand-holding, causing the player to feel like they’re exploring a wide-open world, rather than the set of fairly linear narratives in Skyrim and Oblivion. There are great secrets hidden within the world and the game allows the player to find them rather than leading the player to them. Also a tremendous amount of work and care was put into the art and lore to really make the world feel real and it really shows. The graphics don’t quite hold up anymore (at the time they were amazing), but the game is still really engrossing.
If you want to see the best of what gaming has to offer, you have to try Morrowind.