I bought a ps3 when GTA5 came out and it was bundled for $269 (or something like that). GTA 5 was awesome. Then I played the last of us, also awesome. Then I tried to play GTA 4 and it sucked balls compared to GTA 5. The graphics were worse, and the handling of the vehicles was terrible. I would rather just replay GTA 5 than play GTA 4. I should have played them in reverse order.
Then I picked up the legendary edition of skyrim for $15 and it blew my mind. By far my favorite game ever. I put in over 500 hours on various characters and did just about everything you can do in the game and earned every trophy. Only one of my characters got to a high enough level to meet the ebony warrior, and I fought him asap. It was by far the hardest battle of the game. I could not beat him on legendary, he would literally one shot me dead, and no matter what I did I could barely make a dent in his health. I continued playing that character up to about level 130 or so, and would have liked to have a rematch with him because I could have wiped the floor with him at that point. In fact I wiped the floor with everyone at that point, my character was pretty much invincible and could do just about anything he wanted. That game kept me occupied for over a year.
Just recently I purchased and played red dead redemption (including the undead nightmare). It was a pretty cool game. Probably spent 70* hours playing it, and another 10-15 on undead nightmare. I thought I would love undead nightmare because I love zombies so much, but it was pretty short and the end was ultimately unsatisfying. Overall it was still a great game and well worth the $20 or so you can pick it up for now.
*I'm ashamed at how many of those hours were spent cheating the pants off everyone at the poker table.
No backstory required, just jump in to Skyrim and enjoy!
Anyone have advice about Skyrim? I want to play but don't know where the entry point is. Going back to the first game in the series seems like overkill. recommendations?
As mentioned above, Skyrim is great on it's own. I bought it on 360 shortly after it came out, the first time I paid close to full price for a game in YEARS. By far the best game I have ever played. I later bought Oblivion, and I couldn't really get past the dated graphics. I would recommend trying to get the legendary edition as it will have all the DLC on it. Of course, if you're playing on PC, then no matter.
Exact same problem I had with GTA5/GTA4 - couldn't downgrade despite the predecessor being a great game. If you want to play oblivion I would recommend playing it before skyrim.
Since I enjoyed skyrim so much I just purchased dragon age: origins. It was a bundle that included dragon age:awakening and all the dlc. If I enjoy it even a fraction as much as I enjoyed skyrim, it should keep me occupied for a long time. And it has a couple sequels I can move on to. I am only about 2 hours into it so far. It seems overly complicated at the moment, and I don't have the hang of combat at all yet, but i'm assuming as I familiarize myself with it I will end up liking it.