I'm on the fence about this game, might get it as a treat for myself for my birthday coming up in a few weeks, but I've played a bit at friends (he has the PC version) and it felt kind of like a really generic RPG, and i got the feeling that, yes although this is an Elder Scrolls game, and has all the elements of one, it still didn't really feel like one, although I did play it for only an hour or two on his pre-made character, I don't really like critizing a game and making full decisions on purchases without doing more research and playing for longer periods
I asked a friend Monday if he was getting it, and he has the PC version and said he probably won't and that it was disappointing too.
I've probably only put 20 or so hours into Skyrim, and that's it for the franchise, so I don't really have much to compare this to and as such am assuming I won't be disappointed in it doing being very ES-ish.
I read a lot of debate on whether this is dumbed-down or not. Probably suits me as a relative beginner, if it is (or if I have the option to make it so)