The majority of "journalists" and gamers loved Oblivion and the travesty known as Fallout 3, both of which I consider downright awful, so if Skyrim is anything like them, I think I know why Smannesman is reluctant to sing its praises.
Frankly put, then why you or Smannesman are even interested in Skyrim? You both would know by now that this game probably won't be for you, yet you bother to reply in a Skyrim thread or even play the game....
- Game being dumbed down? Fail to see that gameplay has developed since Morrowind, automatically dismissing any new approach, regardless if it plays out better or worse.
- "The idea that your character should just be defined by your actions might be good for the attention deficit disorder crowd but it is bad for the rest of us."
Wow. Not sure where I should start here.... First, char defined by your actions was a trademark of TES since long ago. One might regret the removal of stats, but that is far from making or breaking a RPG game. And for the "a d d" crowd - thanks, I'll tell my doc on my next check.
- Hand holding? Really? We're talking TES and open world here. If you pin this on a little pointer on your map, there's probably a mod incoming within 1 month to change that.
- The world revolves around you like in Oblivion. While this is true in Morrowind and all other games
also it doesn't help to rub it in your face and stuff it up your nose.
Nothing to say here as you answered it yourself - just strange that this is brought up as a negative against Bethesda, while hardly (if ever) seen mentioned on all other games.
- The story doesn't seem very interesting but let's hope it is.
Really? There was nothing known about the story up to now, except that it revolves around dragons and their powers / powerwords. Yet you can judge it....
like to know what games people are playing if Oblivion was "awful". Flawed? Okay. Awful? Gimme a break.
Forget it. Some guys are so inclined to dismiss everything coming from Bethesda, there's really no arguing.
.... and yes, I know I just failed there.