You guys can really be unabashed haters sometimes
I'm finally playing through Morrowind now, and while I find it is significantly more difficult than Oblivion, I've thoroughly enjoyed both. Yes, I can see where the Morrowind fanboi-wank club got upset with Oblivion, because it removed some of the more tedious aspects and streamlined the gameplay, but neither is a bad game. Yes, Oblivion made the game generally less complicated and more accessible to a broader base, but I won't call that a bad thing. Personally, I LIKE FPS-RPG hybrids, and I'd like to see more of them. System Shock 2 still ranks on my list as best FPS-RPG hybrid ever made for gameplay mechanics, and ranks second next to Deus Ex on my overall list. The worst thing about TES 3 and 4 (and their respective expansions) is the painful agony of the leveling system... though at least Morrowind lets you train as much as you want. And while the engine isn't the best in a game world (I'm looking at Source, here), it isn't all that terrible either.
And again, the hate for Fallout 3? OK, I'll admit, it wasn't nearly as good (IMHO) as all the reviews made it out to be. The world seemed to consist entirely of shades of brown, gray, and green, the quests weren't nearly as compelling as those in other FPS/RPGs, and the characters were flatter than I would have liked, but it still ranks right up there for me.
Thus, I am looking forward to TES:5. Maybe they'll change the leveling system (though I doubt it). Hopefully the dialog will be better. The engine isn't the worst in the world, and there's a 0% chance they'll use anything like Source, so as long as it isn't a step backward I won't mind terribly. But so far, every TES game I've played has been more fleshed out in plot than its predecessors, improved the gameplay in measurable ways (despite the lamentations of the dinosaurs in the fanbase), and generally set the bar higher. Here's hoping Skyrim will be more of the same. Yes, there will be bugs... but I'd rather a game with bugs that will be ultimately fixed either by the developers or a loyal fanbase than a flawless game on Valve's release schedule. I love Valve, but I'd like to play Episode 3 before I turn 30 and it's really not looking good.