Oblivion was my first The Elder Scrolls game and and one of my first open world games and it exceeded my expectations like nothing else. The feeling when exiting the dungeon at the start and realizing how much more there is to see and the level of detail the game has will never be surpassed I think. Best opening hour ever in gaming.
I fell in love with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as well at the start. Seeing the sunny weather and running down to the shore to dive and then see the under water life and realizing that it’s a whole world under the water as well. Then came a whale and jumped out of the water. Yup. I’ll enjoy this.
Possibly not the best game for this thread since it took awhile, but No Man’s Sky has now smashed even my wildest expectations. It’s just an amazing achievement and the best comeback story in gaming I can think of. Nearly 500 hours played and it still feels like I’ve only scratched the surface.
I remember being really impressed by the latest Sakura Wars on PS4, I thought it was some niche dating/mech sim from the bygone Saturn era, but then it turned out to be a big budget title developed by one of the main SEGA teams. Had like 10x the production values I was expecting. Shame it flopped hard, first and last western release I suspect.