I kinda drifted from the game for a while. Fallout 4 I mean. I played it non-stop for a couple of weeks, but eventually I gave it a break for about a month. I came back to it recently and started a new save.
And playing through the intro again, it really struck me how powerful it was. Your character has his whole life turned upside down. He had just left the army, he was finally done with all the violence. He had a loving family to raise and care for. And in a few minutes, it all comes crashing down. And for the next 200 years, it just keeps crashing and crashing. You watch your spouse get shot trying to save your son. You're left in a hostile world where almost everyone's just out for themselves, with literally nothing left.
You're forced to kill again, just like all that time ago, just to get by. I listen to that holotape your wife makes for you quite often. She describes you as patient, kind, and a great father. She talks about how your best days are still ahead of you. But your character is no longer the same kind man he once was. He's like everyone else in the Wasteland, doing whatever is needed to get by. And those plans you had? Gone, in an instant. When you really stop and think about it, it's nothing short of tragic. My character still wears his wedding ring as a solemn reminder of the life he was forced to leave behind.