It's hard to believe that at the start of the year, "Fallout 4" was little more than a rumor. Bethesda's last major entry in the series, "Fallout 3," was one of the defining game experiences of the last decade, and they've set the bar very high for themselves. I didn't really enjoy the "New Vegas" follow-up, but it felt like half a game to me. When "Skyrim" came out, it reminded me of why "Fallout 3" was great, but it pulled me in even more, and I think if I were pressed, I'd have to name "Skyrim" as my favorite game of all time.
I have so little time for playing games these days that when I do carve that time out for myself, I have to make sure I'm going to really enjoy the experience and get something out of it. It's got to be something I can return to more than once, something that continues to offer me more and more as the game wears on. If you're going to really play a game, particularly an open world game, and you're going to do justice to the experiences that these people create these days, then you're going to need to spend some major time with it.