This is not a game that stands out because of flashy graphics, super-realistic animations, or feature-length cut-scenes. Skyrim certainly looks great, but under a microscope, it can't compete with the industry leaders like Uncharted and Rage. That's because it doesn't need to. Skyrim is much more subtle than all of that. This is a world where every action feels like a part of the quest. The land of Skyrim is yours for the taking. You can spend more hours exploring the world and taking on side quests than you can completing the main storyline, and it's all fun. The quest design, UI, and combat are head and shoulders above Oblivion. It's obvious that Bethesda has grown immensely in the years since Oblivion and I'm glad to see the positive influence that Fallout 3 has had on the design of this game.
I'll save the rest for my review, but so far, I think this is the successor I was waiting for!