I love both, but I really don't think it is much of a contest. Skyrim's more polished on every front, characters (mostly) don't look like they were beaten with an ugly stick (and beast races look more beasty), it has radiant quests to keep the world alive with quests longer, and the story was more interesting IMO. Only point in Oblivion's favor is if you like medieval fantasy more than Vikings and dragons. Or I guess the Oblivion realms, but I found the gates the worst part of Oblivion myself. --- The writing was on the wall with Bioware the minute you could completely void all of your decisions with one choice in KOTOR.
Skyrim. Oblivion was a boring, dull, empty world with nothing of note really. It was also impossible to make a character that didn't look ugly as ass.
At least even when Skyrim is empty the world is varied and nice enough to look at that you have a nice view compared to Oblivion. I couldn't even enjoy Oblivion without modding the hell out of it, including adding more enemy spawns in the wilderness. --- FX6100, HD7970, 8G DDR3 1600, 750G/400/1T SATA2/3, 700W, Logitech G5/G510, Win7 XPS16 - i7 720QM, 6G DDR3@1333, 500G SATA, HD4670 1G, Win7
Oblivion. I spent so long wandering the world after I first got it in 2007. I don't care what anybody says - the game is just amazing. My favorite past time? Jumping off of the Wizard's Tower in the northern part of Cyrodil. I miss making those insane jumps in Skyrim (****ing killing me instantly if falling from too high - lame). Every piece of story DLC was memorable and excellent, especially Shivering Isles.
I got Skyrim on release in 2011, played it for about a month, put it on hold, played it in summer 2012, put it on hold, finally picked it up again and started playing through now. It finally grabbed me. Not as memorable or amazing as Oblivion, but solid and fun. The improvements made to the overall game were good, but not as great as its predecessor. I am still wandering the world and haven't gone through Dawnguard or Dragonborn yet, so I can't make a complete judgement until I'm finished. In a few months. Hahaha. --- Your name is sung and tattooed now on my heart - here I will carry you forever CarryTori Amos
Skyrim Oblivion is the worst Elder Scrolls outside Arena. Horrific level scaling, boring C&P dungeons, lame story, worst guilds between it/Skyrim/Morrowind with the sad, lone exception of the Dark Brotherhood questline, dumbass Oblivion gates everywhere, nerfed spells, ugly characters --- http://steamsignature.com/img/profile/76561198026469977.png
Anybody who says skyrim is a casual gamer who thinks the dumbing down of the series was the best thing ever. Oblivion was dumbed down from morrowind sure, but now its so ridiculous. A four year old could play skyrim!