Skyrim, easy. Oblivion I just never could get into, but Skyrim was a much more interesting world for me to explore.
Too many reasons why not to go Skyrim in my honest opinion. From the top of my head, it just dumbed down way too many aspects such as getting rid of parkour (and Athletics and Acrobatics), the menus, dialogue and choices, cookie cutter talent trees and investing in real estate. There was no strategy to combat and magic was an absolute joke, as Fire was the only thing that had major results. Add to this technical issues like freezing (especially at the start of the game), missing textures and more invisible walls than you can shake a stick at, and you've got one of my least favourable RPG experiences.
It did have its good points though. The story was very well told, but the characters and factions had zero depth or meaning. The character models, while muddy and grey were quite nice to look at and the voices were spectacular. The environments when they weren't just rock, snow and tree were great and the quest model was superb.
I think most of the reason why I'm so bitter about the game is not the product itself, but how players and developers treat it like a standard RPG and not the Elder Scrolls. For me it just wasn't very memorable and because of that, most of my mental recollections of the game are bitter.
Get both. I got into the Elder Scrolls series with Oblivion and it was one of the most memorable gaming experiences I've ever had. The detail, freedom, and surprising moments made for a game that I would never hesitate to recommend. Not to mention the modding community extended the replay value considerably. Skyrim, in my mind, is more of the same (in a good way). It takes what Oblivion did and builds on it, adding one of the most exciting features (dragons). While dragons are a bit cliche in fantasy, nothing really compares to the first time you face off against one of these behemoths in the wild. It's exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. And once you get the dragon shouts, your play style will never be the same.
So, that's just a small part of why I would recommend getting both. I feel like skipping either one would be a huge oversight for anyone who likes the genre (or video games in general).
by musclequest 6 years ago
My memories and thoughts of oblivion was wow what a great game.I then researched and saw skyrim was on its way oh how exciting...not.Don't feel it was worth the wait or does it get better with time.Microsoft is dubbing skyrim as the game of 2011 what do you think?How does it compare to oblivion?
by RKM503619 6 years ago
Which Elderscrolls game do you like the best? Skyrim, Oblivion, or Morrowind?What makes your choice the best of the three?
by evvy_09 7 years ago
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now announced and is said to be a mmo. yay I am happy
by KParsons305 7 years ago
Which game would be better to get, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or The Witcher 2?I saw that Skyrim looks phenomenal but Witcher looks pretty good as well. I see your expertise is RPG games so I thought I'd ask you.
by M. T. Dremer 2 years ago
Is Skyrim the last Elder Scrolls game?I always assumed that Bethesda would return to the Elder Scrolls series after the obligatory switch to Fallout. But are releases like The Elder Scrolls Online and The Elder Scrolls Anthology indicators that the single player experience is done? Also,...
by mobias 6 years ago
Skyrim! Droool. Yes, I very much want this game…but I was reading some stuff that made me a little discouraged in the reviews online. I sincerely hope they patch the concerns I've read about:1) Only direct X 9?? Really? Another sad casualty of consolitus! The old aging,...
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