Well mainly because Morrowind was the peak of Elder Scrolls. And there are RPGs better than it (FFVII, Baldur's Gate 2, System Shock 2, Deus Ex, etc.)
Skyrim? Was this list made by a 12 year old?
There are tons of games that did everything you just said Skyrim did. A lot of them are RPGs, and a lot of those games are much better video games than Skyrim.Yes. Because TES is a series for only 12 year olds.
Skyrim was a monstrous success both citically and sales wise.
It also captured the imagination of millions of gamers for longer than most any game in memory. And many of those only played vanilla.
There are tons of games that did everything you just said Skyrim did. A lot of them are RPGs, and a lot of those games are much better video games than Skyrim.
Hell Skyrim isn't even the best Elder Scrolls game.
At the risk of giving people seizures, my top 5 are skyrim, mass effect 3, Diablo 3, fallout 4, and final fantasy. Come at me.
I find I'm more interested in core gameplay loop than story and game systems. I tend to like games that I can play for hours on end while turning my brain off. Hence the list. I did like the conversations in the me trilogy, though.
There is a Might & Magic title on the list (Actually two of them really, combined into one game)
List for y'all who are interested. Warning: Some of this might be salt-inducing.