Fallout 3 was my first dive. My conception of RPGs growing up were what I now know to be JRPGs. So when my brother messaged me one day from college and said I need to buy this RPG game I was skeptical. It was about a year after its release and it was discounted, so his high praise convinced me into a blind buy. What unfolded before me was pure elation in player choice, freedom, and charm. It also heavily helped that it was developed and set in my backyard, having lived in Bethesda my whole life. It was a playground of destruction for me and all the bugs and jank that came with it just added to the humor and charm. Then I learned of Oblivion, bought that, and fell down another rabbit hole. The rest is history! Have loved all their games ever since.
As for a contrarian opinion: I couldn’t get more than 2 hours into Breath Of The Wild and don’t understand the hype.