I discovered RPGs about 17 years ago. It was The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Since then, I have spent hundreds of hours on every Elder Scrolls game each. I fell in love with the old Infinity Engine games like Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale. I enjoyed Neverwinter Nights and even went back as far as Akalabeth from 1980.
With Kingmaker, I have already spent about 120 hours. I have no clue how far I am into the game. And I’m having such a blast - nonstop. It hits all the right notes for me, and the kingdom management was such an unexpected and great surprise (for me, surely not for everyone).
I’m very grateful about all the little details - Asking a kobold tribe about another kobold tribe that you ran along on level 1, a companion brining up his thoughts about a sidequest you completed two weeks ago, or a witty debate between two of your companions at the campfire .
At first I missed the mysterious influence of devils and demons that is so omnipresent in Elder Scrolls and Forgotten Realms games, but everything being so down to earth and believable makes the game so much more enjoyable - Especially when you have several settlements to manage
This also covers the companions - I like how they’re not full of drama and over the top. When a companion strongly disagreed with a choice I made, I still couldn’t it get out of my head, even two hours after I stopped playing. I thought about her motives, the lawful-good alignment that made it hard for her to think out of the box. This game keeps me occupied even when I’m not playing it. Not many can do that.
So, thank you so much. For me, I can safely say that I didn’t had that much enjoyment with a computer RPG game for many, many years. Maybe ever. I’m sure Wrath of the Righteous will be great as well, but I have a strange feeling that Kingmaker, in the way it is, will never be matched by another game. At least for me.