It must eb said that I haven't finished the game and that I haven't played that long -about 25-30hrs.
So I here are my thoughts so far:
Skyrim in many ways, IS the ultimate RPG. It does everything right that Oblivion did right.
It does everything right that Oblivion did wrong. And more
Mind you, Oblivion did a lot of things right: A Rich, Living, Breathing World, with lots to explore.
Endless no-class-boundaries RPG-ing, a warrior can learn lock-picking and a thief can learn heavy
armour and both can lean magic.
Skyrim truly delivers in the same Eder Scroll Standard way.
Where I think Skyrim is an improvement on Oblivion are the rich and colourful side quests.
Both start with an escape (main quest), to draw you into the main story, but once escaped, Oblivion fell
to a dead stop. Uninteresting and hard-to get side quests for me killed the gameplay, and for the side quest
I got, I hadn't levelled up high enough during my escape to complete it.
Skyrim does this right. There is an abundance of easy to get, well balanced side-quests with a diversity that
will keep you on your toes for hours and hours and keep you wanting for more
-forget the main quests! these side-quest are much more fun!
I found that some of them will keep you dungeon exploring for hours -up to a point where you think:
"ANOTHER dungeon? Guys -it's a 'only' side quest!"
But, you got to love the designers for this vastness. I do.
It's not perfect, but it bloddy near darn well is. The flaws I found -so far-
1. Omly one companion
2. How to equip your companion is a mystery to me: when of why my companion equips item a and not item b)
why I do not have any control over such things and why it's not as intuitive as in Dragon Age eludes me.
3. Inventory of chests, dressers etc has is not categorized in 'weapons', 'apparal' etc.
4. When to use X or square (PS3 version) in inventory for to store/give/use/eat/equip frustrates me sometimes
I'm sure there are more imperfections, but these are just small things comparerd to the richness of the game(play)
and though Bethesda has the reputation of releasing buggy games, so far, I haven't encountered many bugs (yet -keeping my fingers crossed),
and the ones I did, had no influence on the game(play).
I did a fast travel from Hod and Gerdurs home to Whiterun and Lo and Behold: Hod had travelled with me!
After entering another location (e.g. your house), Hod had been sent back to his house in Riverwood.
Like I said, nothing major.
So far so good. Will update this if anything changed based on expereiences during more and more hours of gaming