I always talk about how I think Oblivion is better than this game, but I haven't played Oblivion in a few years, perhaps my nostalgia was blinding me?
Here's just some quick things I noticed.
1) Random NPC conversations - While patrolling the Imperial City, Citizens would make comments on the other provinces, rumors around the area, and even talking about local shops and their inventory. In my 100+ hours of Skyrim I have NEVER heard NPC's talk to each other, outside of scripted encounters. It really breathed life into the world.
2) The Imperial City is huge. Even Solitude would fit snug in the Imperial City with room to spare. Cities in Skyrim just feel so small. Whiterun is supposed to be the trading hub of Skyrim, but there's only a few houses and a keep on top of a hill, and a VERY cramped market square. The 7,000 steps is talked about like it's this huge challenge, but in reality it's barely more than a few hundred steps, hardly a challenge.
3) COLORS!!! Holy crap I missed these. Cyrodil is a much more beautiful piece of nature to look at then Skyrim. Skyrim is a pretty game with it's mountains and all, but the "Modern Game Color Palette" gets really old, consisting of Brown, Dark Brown, Dark Green, Grey, and Black. Cyrodil has lush green forest that just feel amazing.
4) Mystery. Once again, I get a feeling of wonder and mystery I never got with Skyrim. I want to just take off and explore my surroundings, wondering what that far off ruin is in the background. I never felt that with Skyrim. Ever.
As with anything, this is my opinion on things, and if you hate Oblivion or Love Oblivion, it doesn''t matter to me.
the "modern game color palette" is definitely pretty bad in skyrim, I want some COLOR in my games :/ there are some nice areas like around the rift and falkreath but most of the places where you spend the most time are terribly dull
I fully agree TC, I hope they have the next TES take place in Cyrodiil. It is my favourite country!
And using Nazeem as an example of Oblivion-Tier ambient banter is just silly. You hear the same freaking things hundreds of times in Skyrim! Oblivion's dialogue is randomized, if memory serves me correctly. Also, there are quite a few quests you can get just by walking down the road!
Xbox, on! Xbox, open tray! (walks over too xbox anyway to put a game disc in) The Kinect is only good for these 2 things, and they are both useless.........