Skyrim isn't a bad game, it's wasted potential filled with jank and as deep as a puddle making it worse than previous games.
It's frustrating as shit because you see some details and the vision of could have been a good game with all the production values.
NPCs pointing where you should go, mangled bodies and roads leading to quest places and all sorts of things that were implemented but visibly left unfinished due to quest markers becoming the main focus.
It really is sad, the setting isn't very creative but there's plenty of creative writing and lore underneath it.
It really is a product of it's time when all AAA was streamlining and watering down everything for mass appeal.
I just wish Bethesda Game Studios defected from Zionmax and actually made a game that isn't a shitty loot and shoot/slash cashgrab, but I think even them have been bleeding talent.
Fallout 4 was somehow worse than it, even in these details