My two pence, I love Skyrim, so simaler yet so differnet to Oblivion.
And Oblivion had loads of problems with it, you could get the Deadra Master lockipick for doing a simple quest that started just outside a Town, and when you first walked/Rode to said town you stumbled across the shrine, Holy shit i can now break into anything! God i maxed out my sneak within 2hrs because i was croaching 100% and i didn't realize
The quests where too easy as mentioned, but i feel that had alot to do with the rewards from the quests which where insanely easy, get money god far too easy. That said I LOVED playing it it was addictive and humours to boot.
Skyrim, I'm only lvl25 and I'm still finding things that are nails, as i run from one location to another trying to do side quests, I go as the crow flys to see if i can find something interesting, 9/10 I'll find death on the end of the shitiest stick ever but it i laugh re-load and avoid it remembering that i'll go back and smite them when i get bigger, Stronger or just bump into them later, The companions they only seem to delay the inevitable for me which is good it means I don't die as soon as i walk into the first cave, the Weapons when you get the good stuff it dosn't make that much of a difference in combat which is good it makes it harder, I mean Oblivion glass sword (this is only an example) you run up to somthing hit it it dies, Skyrim I thought the same would happen, Got my glass sword ran up to something hit it and guess what I Died! Shit guess i need to rethink my whole stratergy.
I guess what i'm saying is killing one guy on Skyrim can take ten min's, yet in oblivion you probably could have completed at least three quests,
Is Skyrim worth getting, Hell yeah!
Is Oblivion Good yep!
Oh and if your so keen on becoming bad ass, u can always power level, you can do this on any of the above though, spoils the game if you ask me but to each his own