After you play this game, try the previous two: Oblivion (2006ish) and Morrowind (2001ish). Both have amazing story and gameplay, but ofcourse the graphics are older. In comparison, I read that Skyrim is ~20sq km smaller than Oblivion which is something like ~15sq km smaller than Morrowind. This is just the overall world, not including indoors. Oblivion has an alternate world which is pretty big. Skyrim, imo, feels much smaller than Oblivion, the map makes things look further apart than they really are. However the dungeons in Skyrim feel better and more dynamic than those in Oblivion (and Morrowind). The only problem with playing Skyrim first is you will HATE the skill system in Oblivion and Morrowind, Skyrim's new system is 1000% times better than what those games had. Also Oblivion has an expansion pack and a few dlc adding 60+ hours to the game (150+ hours to do main/side quests); Morrowind has 2 expansions that are pretty cool (one lets you turn into a Werewolf) and the levitate (fly) spell makes traversing the land fun, but there is no fast travel in Morrowind I think for normal difficulty, uber items are overkill, but master difficulty, level 40+ they are somewhat desired for tough battles like Elder Dragons.