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Five of The Best: Introductions


A grey-haired man in a fluffy, regal-collared gown, looking at the camera which represents the player's eyes. It is the Emperor of Tamriel from the game Oblivion. He looks nothing like Patrick Stewart, but he sounds like him.
Image credit: Bethesda Game Studios

Five of the Best is a weekly series we recently resurrected for supporters because we wanted to do something nice for them. It's a series about highlighting incidental features in games. It's also a series about having your say, so don't be shy, use those comments below!

You can find our entire Five of the Best archive elsewhere on the site.

Where would a game be without a good introduction? Well, in the bargain bin, that's where! They are the pivotal first moments of a game as it attempts to throw a grappling hook into our imaginations, which, um, is a bit of a gruesome analogy. Squelch!

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