We’ve all had our favorite video games since picking up our first console, handheld or computer. With each of these games comes memorable moments, ones which we tell our friends about over coffee and our co-workers whether they want to hear about them or not. Since the release of the next-generation consoles, I’ve yet to have a ‘defining moment’ during my experiences on the Xbox One and PS4, which inspired me to take a look back at some of my favorite moments from video games in the past few years. While this isn’t an extensive collection, I hope it starts a conversation here on Gamer Assault Weekly about some of the most memorable moments in gaming here on the site.

1.  BioShock Infinite – Entering Columbia

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“Ten-thousand…fifteen-thousand…hallelujah,” are words that still give me goose bumps to this day. Over a year ago, BioShock Infinite introduced us to the city of Columbia high in the sky while dealing with themes ranging from racism to religion in ways few games had ever touched before, but the key moment I consistently look back at his Booker’s ascension into Columbia for the first time. There’s something about the combination of Troy Bakers dialogue as Booker starts to freak out and the sudden sense of peace that the initial skyline provides that gets me every time when I see Columbia for the first time, making it the first of the unforgettable moments on this list.

2. Skyrim – Escaping Helgan

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The Elder Scrolls series had been one of my personal favorites for years, letting me explore Tamriel since I first played The Elder Scrolls: Arena back in 1995. Since then, I’ve spent hundreds of hours scouring through Ayleid ruins, closing Oblivion gates and finding daedric artifacts throughout my time on Nirn, but nothing compares to the very first time you see the world each game lets you explore. While the beginning of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the official moment of this list, it represents what the beginning of each Elder Scrolls title created at the start – a vista showcasing some of the first places you can explore, backed with an amazing score to support each one. The beginning of each journey I took in the world of Elder Scrolls are moments I keep with me to explain gaming to people on a daily basis.

3. Fallout 3 – Leaving Vault 101

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“War…war never changes,” remains one of the most infamous quotes in the Fallout universe, and one that I consistently go back to when people ask why I love Bethesda’s games so much. Fallout 3 was one of the best experiences I’ve had while playing video games, touching on so many subtle themes (such as Lying, Congressional Style) while creating a fully-fleshed out world for players to explore. It’s the moment when I first saw this world back in 2008 standing at the scenic overlook that I can’t get out of my head.  The first 30 minutes of Fallout 3 do such a good job at explaining why the world outside the vault is so horrible that you couldn’t help but wonder what lay outside of the big iron door. However, it’s the first time you see the wasteland that really lets you soak in the truth about the outside world and make you eager to dive right in and explore it.

4. The Witcher 2 – Fighting the Kayran

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The Witcher and The Witcher 2 were two titles I picked up during last year’s Steam Summer Sale because of their significant price drop, but they were never games I considered to be on-par with my favorite role-playing titles. After Gamer Assault Weekly’s recent trip to RTX, I was persuaded by my co-worker Erik S. to give the games a shot, which turned them into one of my favorite series in the industry. Unlike BioShock Infinite, Fallout 3 or even Skyrim , The Witcher series didn’t provide me with an immediate moment that hooked me into the game, but made me work towards my first big monster fight before showing me what the series was all about: dedication and preparation. As the Witcher, you have to prepare and plan for each fight by drinking potions, conducting research and learning the combat style of those who you fight. This gameplay mechanic made fighting the Kayran rewarding and epic in scale, with a well done cross between cinematic cut scenes and actual gameplay that made for a first monster fight I will talk about for years to my fellow gamers.

So readers, what are some of your most memorable moments from video games? Please share them in the comments below or tweet them to me @Avialence and @GAWeekly!

About The Author

Nicholas Bashore
Podcast Host/Broadcast Specialist

Nicholas Bashore started gaming nearly 20 years ago and is currently working towards his degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. One of the four founding members of Gamer Assault Weekly, Nicholas works on YouTube and TwitchTV as a broadcaster - while writing reviews and hosting the Weekly Recap on the site. In his free time, he enjoys discussing the gaming industry and spending hours looking for Daedric artifacts.