Decided to replay the Special Edition and holy shit forgot how bad this game was. The quests which are to be the meat and bones of an open-world RPG are straight up awful.
An example is a quest called The Book of Love. You gotta help lovers confess their love to each other and oh man is it bad. One quest involves an old elven man in love with the Jarl's bodyguard. He cannot bring himself to tell her he has feelings so he has you snooping around for him. You end up taking a letter from some guy who used to be a bard and change it up so it appears it was written by the old elf. You deliver the letter to the object of the elf's desire and she writes you another letter that you gotta deliver to him.
Eventually they meet and it is downright BAD. I cannot stress just how bad it is. It goes something like this:
Faleen: Shhh...no need to say any more. I didn't know you were so nuanced.
Calcelmo: I love you.
Faleen: I know. Come here.
Then she goes back to her duties and he goes back to his research lol.
The delivery was deadpan, no emotion, no intonation. Just dead. The quest was laughably short and bad. The writing was the stuff that would make you fail in 2nd grade. You did nothing aside from delivering letters for two grown adults like they were in their 1st year of elementary school.
I wouldn't complain so much if it was the only instance but most quests in Skyrim are every bit as bad. The Witcher 3's writing exposed just how awful this game truly is. It cannot be saved by its combat system, graphics or RPG mechanics either. It's glitchy as hell and many people find it worthless without mods.
It's not just bad. It might just reach the so bad it's good category.