The engine is fine, as is the combat. So no, I wouldn't.
I never understand this line of thinking. Something can always be improved because nothing is perfect. How many patches have we had already that added to this game? That's the kind of stupid attitude that would have cost us building our own homes, mounted combat, crossbows, magic kill cams, and dragon mounts/new dragons.
Change is the key to development and development will bring us an even more incredible game. If you want to be overly complacent then go play arena and never ask for any improvement ever.
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I'm fine with the game the way it was made. I know what the TES games are. I like the HUGE world. It's one of the biggest draws for me. To sacrifice that for a 'bettter' story. HELL NO!
Morrowind wasn't that big and had a great story and Daggerfall was randomly generated.
Morrowind is my fav TES game-it's in my top 3 games of all time, actually. I know all about it. As others pointed out the story isn't in your face, it's subte. And the story is only ok-not great. What made that game great was the exploration, the non leveled items you could find, non-leveled enemies, some of the factions, flying, etc. I do like the leveling system better in Skyrim-and the improved combat system.
I'm sorry, but I read books. What people in VG's consider a 'great story' is pretty pathetic compared to a book. And Skyrim's combat isn't bad. It's not fantastic...but I'm not in it for a combat game. I'm in it for the exploration and the other stuff.
Yes...Any day of the year. Fallout 3 had a very small world, compared to Skyrim and especially Oblivion, and still managed to have a awesome world with intresting locations, minus the obvious repetition of layouts and textures....There is so much you can do...