The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
Generic Shooter #482.
I'd say to comment on the fact that its campaign only takes about 4.5 hours, but somehow I think that would be missing the point of the game.
You could argue that Skyrim is Generic RPG #482, being the fifth game in an existing RPG franchise and hardly the first open world FPS RPG to have hit the market.
The only thing setting Skyrim apart from other FPS RPGs is the size of the free roam world and the length of the campaign. Everything else is recycled material.
Speaking of campaign lengths, though, I wouldn't say the 250-hour length of Skyrim can be directly compared to the length of a shooter game, primarily because there's no RPG element involved in the latter. The fact that you have to level up a million different skills in Skyrim, talk to a bunch of people and walk across the giant free roam world is why the campaign takes as long as it does. It also means that Skyrim's gameplay loses a lot of the intensity you find in shooter games, like Modern Warfare. Shooter games are largely built around 'ready, set, go!' and then not stopping until you finish the game.
As for the multiplayer crowd, I've heard Modern Warfare is quite the **** magnet. You mustn't view a game by its player base, though.