To this day, Oblivion is like ashes in my mouth and I can’t play much of it. Morrowind was a mind-altering game for me, and to go from the weird, wonderful world of Morrowind, a place with interesting faction dynamics both in terms of houses and guilds, to the bland-as-fuck Cyrodill was unbelievably jarring.
They made the magic less interesting, they removed a lot of the broken stuff that made that world so fun to play in, they added dumb as hell traps to try to spice up gameplay (but just made it annoying), and despite it looking technically better it was a nightmare of bloom and bad aesthetic choices. Morrowind’s story may not have been good but at least it was crazy, and didn’t make you repeat shit over and over like Oblivion did. Who thought that playing whack-a-mole with Oblivion gates to allow you to progress the story was a good idea?
I took a day off of work, bought a new graphics card, and got myself all lathered up in excitement for that game only for it to be boring. In some ways Skyrim fixed some of Obiivion’s issues but the game is still more Oblivion than Morrowind and that is something I find sad to this day.