The idea may seem like a joke but the game is genuinely quite fun and interesting. Don't sneer at it till you play it!
Going back to other "Skyrim
-like games", the big daddy of RPGs of course is the much older Baldur's Gate II
, and it alongside the rest of the Infinity Engine games like Planescape: Torment
and Icewind Dale
(though I would say the latter example is much more linear as an experience, yet still very enjoyable) are absolute musts. More recently both Tides of Numenera
have also been very interesting and enjoyable in this sense though also generally shorter and more contained games. Still some great work on choice and consequence on both. All of these examples are worth checking out really, if just for their sheer world-building, immersive value and narrative prowess.
Also amidst upcoming games Pathfinder: Kingmaker
seems to be shaping up to be a cool traditional fantasy RPG, and more interesting is Disco Elysium
, formerly known as No Truce with the Furies
, which is something of an open-world isometric RPG with a low fantasy noir setting.
Also should mention the Knights of the Old Republic
games as they are arguably some of the best works within the entirety of the Star Wars
franchise, films included.
Couple of videos: