Finally started replaying TLJ. Dreamfall to follow. Hopefully I get them both done before Chapters drops.
And I have a confession to make.
This is the first time I've replayed the games since I bought the TLJ+Dreamfall pack back in 2006 (ish... may have been early 2007...). I'm typically not one to replay games. In fact, I can only think of one or two story driven games that I've played more than once. Not sure why that is.
I wanted to replay the games for the community replay. But I was having some technological difficulties and I got so frustrated I put it aside. That and I was sort of having issues getting back into it. Partly out of fear, I think. These games meant SO much to me...eight years ago. I pledged for the Kickstarter without hesitation. I've grown so fond of this community. But there's been this nagging feeling of "What if it isn't everything that I remember it to be?" Which was just more reason to put it off. Just chatting with people on here I've been realizing how much I've forgotten and...yeah. Weird anxiety about the whole thing. It's like opening a time capsule.
Finally got the game running properly and took the plunge, though.
Some of the early stuff with April was almost grating to me. She'd say things here and there and it was like listening to parts of my younger self that I try to forget about. Slight cringe factor. I was enjoying the game regardless, but really starting to worry that maybe I'd outgrown it or something and the magic wouldn't be there the way it had before.
Then I finally hit that moment where Cortez helps April shift and you get that line... "You're about to take the first step on the longest journey of your life."
I don't know if it's just because it's been such a long journey at this point or if that was just the tipping point for me getting back into the groove, but boom.
Feels. All of feels. Like the flood gates opened and every scrap of feels I've had towards these games suddenly hit me at once. I'm sitting here playing this game and nearly bawling. Not in a bad way, either. I just want to crawl inside of this game and wrap it around me like a blanket.
It's good to be home.