Remember when you first played fallout, however many years ago that may be? (Different depending on your first game). I've been desperately trying to re-find that excitement and wonder of an expansive world unwinding in front of you, second by second. This feeling skyrocketed when I discovered modding and had to make the transition over to PC, it served to only increase for a long period of time as I learned how to mod, and a great loadorder emerged.
I found that this feeling was at its peak around Oblivion and Fallout 3, yet was substantially lesser with Fallout NV and Skyrim (Albeit they are great games!) Modding and interacting with the modding community helps me control the game I want to play and still leaves a good deal of mystery. but
Anyways my point is what do you guys do to to keep this feeling alive? Have you also experienced anything like this?