I have played Skyrim twice and think its a great game. But without mods (I have 100+ mods installed) I reckon it would have been a dull-ish game with a repetitive and sandboxed feel.
Here is my big complaint:
Immersion is broken by many flaws:
There are many things which happen in this game that break the immersion. Things such as the story assuming you are a nord even if you are not, for example being an Argonian and being allowed into Windhelm when Argonians are not supposed to be allowed in and seeing people complain about Argonians in front of you and talking to you as if you are a nord. This is irittating because if I choose a certain race I want to feel like that race!
Other things which break the immersion are things such as people not developing relationships with you for example when I helped Ulfric and his stormcloaks rule Skyrim and went about my business for a long time I decided to go back to visit him only to be told "What do you want? Make it quick". Is it so hard to make him be happy to see you after such a long time and to make new lines for that? It's like he barely knew me. There should be three relationship states for NPC's Unfamiliar, Familiar and Friend with each one having it's own lines. That would have been much more immersive.
I really hope Bethesda see this and make sure to take these points into consideration when they make the next Elder Scrolls game.
Do you agree? And what do you think could have made Skyrim better?