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I have played neither Oblivion nor Skyrim very much. So it doesn't really matter what I go for. I did play Oblivion quite a bit more than Skyrim.
Skyrim looks nice, but it upsets me when I see the world map. I hate snow in games, and looking at the map, Skyrim has lots of it.

Any suggestions what I should play? I'm talking about heavily modded games. Especially visually.
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Oblivion supposedly has a better main quest (I haven't finished it), but Skyrim has a greatly superior open world (more detailed) and more terrain variety. I find it hard to get into Oblivion now that Skyrim is out. Here are the must-have mods.

http://www.gnd-tech.com/content/857-Essential-Skyrim-Mods
 
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For me it was Morrowind > Skyrim > Oblivion. I personally like Skyrim a lot better overall compared to oblivion and I find the main story to be better. I really enjoyed oblivion but I just think skyrim is better, both have their ups and downs. Use the steam workshop for skyrim and there are plenty of graphics collections you can go through and it can really improve the graphics of Skyrim.
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I have to say, I really enjoyed all of the quests in Oblivion [main+main-side quests (dark brotherhood and the others)], but not so much in Skyrim. I don't know how to explain it, they just were not the same quality wise. Graphics-wise Skyrim looks great, but I like Cyrodiil a lot more than Skyrim, and the Oblivion portals were awesome.
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I liked Oblivion better than Skyrim, the UI seemed a lot more fluid

Not to mention when you can go back to the opening sewers via the Dark Brotherhood quest and kill that guy who was talking trash on you in the very beginning of the game, yeah, that was pretty cool. It's little stuff like that I enjoy in free-roam games.
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I think that with the newest mods and DLCs, you may give a try to Skyrim. You will get a nice gameplay in a big open world, nice quests too, I personally like them. You will have some HD mods and some Dlcs. If I was buying again between the two, I would get Skyrim + dlcs .
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I loved Oblivion, but Skyrim has all but eclipsed it for me.  The character animation, weather, lighting, environmental sounds...it's just a better experience.  Oblivion by comparison just seems too cartoony now, I can't get back into it (even with all the mods, including the ones I made myself).

 

The SkyUI mod is great for fixing the weird UI, and it's even customizable.  And with all the texture mods and ENB presets that keep coming out, I think Skyrim just makes for a better experience.  Of course, I've always enjoyed playing games with well-crafted winter environments.   

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One of these days I will finish SK, then I'll worry about DLC
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I haven't used mods on Oblivion but in Skyrim i used a lot and it was great!I believe u should play Skyrim.....
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Skyrim was a notable improvement across Oblivion in various ways. No Sean Bean though, which is a pity - i guess the budget didn't stretch that far.

They at least compensated with a better cinematic feel by implementing music in an improved way. In Oblivion, music wasn't nearly as used effectively as it is in Skyrim.

I feel though that Oblivion still had better problem/puzzle solving compared to Skyrim, but both in comparison to Morrowind were dumbed down on this regard, to an almost patronizing level. (Example: The ruin puzzles in skyrim such as the "claw" doors, or the pillar puzzles. Stupidly easy and nothing but a minor hindrance/annoyance. Solstheims ruins improved on this somewhat, though )

So overall, skyrim is better, but certainly has it's fair share of shortcomings and neither touch what Morrowind accomplished because they're so dumbed down. Both games in vanilla states arn't the greatest experience without mods. Some finely selected mods are essential really to fill in the gaps the devs neglected.

I currently run with over 160 different mods pretty well. A list of these are here:

http://pastebin.com/RAr4wG1h
Edited by Thingamajig - 4/16/13 at 5:11am
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