"You're finally awake!"
Those three words immediately casts a gamer's mind back to sitting in a cart on the way to your execution at the very beginning of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. And now, another classic franchise has recreated the iconic intro scene. Yes, that's right, we're talking about Goat Simulator 3.
The long awaited sequel (there is no Goat Simulator 2) to the 2014 classic released this week and is already getting gas reviews, with IGN calling it "gobsmackingly unhinged".
Launching on Thursday, a 16-minute gameplay video was released on IGN to celebrate the farm animal's latest foray. The clip revealed an almost carbon copy intro to the 2011 masterpiece that is Skyrim. Except, of course, this time you're a goat.
As you open your eyes, you're greeted by the sight of three other goats on the back of a trailer being driven by a strange farmer. Parody immediately comes into play when the farmer starts describing the scenario as the "perfect opportunity to give you all the backstory you need while you sit there looking around. Exposition as they call it."
The original Goat Simulator initially began as a joke prototype for an internal game jam. After it was shown in an early alpha state on YouTube, it started to receive a lot of positive feedback, prompting the studio to build it out into a full on game.
The premise, for both the original and the newly-released sequel is very simple. Basically, you're a goat and your main objective is to cause as much chaos as possible. There is a barely understandable plot apparently, but it doesn't really matter, because, well... because you're a goat.
Goat Simulator 3 is out now and available on Xbox One and series S/X, PlayStation 4 and 5, and PC. Check out the bizarre Skyrim-style intro in the clip below.