I have been a huge Elder Scrolls fan ever since i was given Morrowind by a friend of mine in middle school. He told me that I was a "wierd game where you could be an elf or something and run around." I thought, hey free game who gives a crap if it sucks. I later went home and couldn't tear myself from my room for hours. Playing through morrowind and oblivion for hundereds of hours gave me a million reasons to love them, but also a million reasons to hate them and when I heard that skyrim was coming out, I hoped that a lot of things I didn't like about oblivion were taken care of, fortunatly a ton were, but some weren't.
Let me start off by talking about what I absolutly love about Skyrim. The entire world is extremely large with diverse amounts of terrain and tons of little villages and farms that pop up in random places, I love the fact that dungeons aren't so repetitive as they were in Oblivion, they feel like each one is unique. In Oblivion I believe there was one guy tasked with creating the dungeons so they honestly all looked the same and felt very plain and boring. There are a million and one quests to do and each one is pretty enjoyable. The factions are pretty cool, finally not just "the fighters guild" and "the mages guild" which I always thought was a bit plain in the other games. It kind of felt like there were two main quests in the game, fighting Alduin, and the civil war, so it was nice to have two kind of major quest to do along with the tons and tons of side quests. The dragon shouts are pretty awesome, yet I felt like a lot of them were kind of pointless and I never found an application for some.
Unfortunatly there were some things that I still found that gave me a "Why haven't you done this yet!!!" moment. My biggest grevience is still the lack of diversity with weapons, seriously guys you spent five years on this game and you could only come up with like seven types of weapons!!! Even though I have still sank a large amount of hours into this game, having more epic and awesome weapons waiting for me at the end of large dungeons and after big bosses would have me going for even longer. Look at a game like borderlands, it has hundereds of different weapons, going through some huge area and killing some insanly tough boss was well worth it once he dropped some crazy gun that I've never seen before. In Skyrim though, most heavy bosses at the end of a dungeon won't even have more than like six gold on them, what the **** I hate it when you have a warrior character and deadric weapons and armor are it. Oh yea you can get some kind of cool enchantment on your armor and weapon but it still looks the same and the "charges" on the weapons might be the most annoying thing ever that make most enchantments on weapons pointless anyways. You would think the artist would have been given free reign to just come up with awesome looking weapons that have cool buffs and elemtental attributes that don't suck. I hate when I find a weapon on an enemy I just killed that has some cool name, but it's just a crappy orc sword with some crappy enchantment. seriously bethesda, you did a lot better with you weapons than Oblivion, but hardly so.
Anouther few issues I have with skyrim are for one, the crafting systems could have been a bit more robust, espesially the smithing. You could hardly ever find any veins to mine, forcing you to still buy the ingots, and then you really could only make weapons you could already purchase, save for I guess deadric and dragon scale. Why not create some side quests from armor recipes someone could find where you have to travel to all these random parts of Skyrim to find these specific ingrediants to make some epic looking armor, Instead of being stuck with a character that you really can't even be that proud of how much time you put into him becuase it looks no different than anyone elses Skyrim character? The enchanting and alchemy are better than they were in Oblivion but still aren't anything to be impressed by, with alchemy being the only crafting that more or less allows you to a point to make uniqe potions and poisons.
Riding on a horse is also the most fustrating thing I ever attempted to do in this game. First off, I really never saw them moving that much faster than what my character could run, and the pure fact that you can't do combat while riding them makes you want to blow your head off as you watch the stupid animation of you getting of the damn thing, while some bandit whacks away at your horse, doing real damage to it because the stupid thing can actually die. Honestly you could pretty much kiss it goodbye as soon as a dragon would show up, because the horse would actually try to help you and in the most laughably deppressing way.
Aside from some of these specific things that I still have issues with, Skyrim is an insanly well put together and awesome. I still find it hard to put the controller down once I start playing and I would recomend to anyone to get to the store and buy it now becuase it really is a great game.