Morrowind is, without a doubt, my favorite game of all time. It was my introduction to both PC Gaming and Western RPGs
in general. I had previously played the Playstation One generation Final Fantasy
games as well as the early games in the Pokémon
series, both of which I enjoyed highly and still enjoy to this day. However, the sheer freedom Morrowind allowed me in comparison blew those games out of the water, cementing it as the top game on my list.
In addition to the freedom, Morrowind provided me the other elements I love in a video game: high levels of character customization, a deep and intriguing story (and backstory,) and (by 2002 standards at least) amazing graphics
. I also find the sheer number of side quests
a major positive factor for the game, with 10 Guilds and Factions each having their own quest lines as well as countless other random side quests available to anyone.
I've since played each of the other games in the Elder Scrolls
series, but for me, none could compare to the awe I felt each time I played Morrowind. To this day, even having spent over a thousand hours in the game world, I always find something new each time I play.
The game is, of course, not without it's flaws, as its detractors will point out at every opportunity. Some of the complaints are justified, of course, such as the "wax museum" feel of the NPCs
, the slow pace at which you move, the (by modern standards) dated graphics/lack of physics, and the repetitive nature of non-magical fights. But I personally feel that, if given a chance, the pros of the game greatly outweigh the cons to an open minded gamer.
I highly recommend that anyone with an interest in fantasy games give Morrowind a try. Nowadays, it's readily available over Steam for a low price, and virtually any modern PC will be able to play it. Throw in the two expansion packs and tens of thousands of mods
available online which range from simple fixes to complete overhauls, and you'll have at least 100 hours of game play to enjoy.