@ protaganist20 Sorry for the late reply! Yeah I done about 100 hours now but still not joined either the Storm Cloaks or the imperials. I may on second play through. I have only done the main story up to the point where you go meet the grey beards but still loving the game.
Me and a couple of guys at work all got Skyrim on launch day. At lunch today we were discussing our experiences in the game so far. They are both well further on with the main quest and their completed number of side quests. However I have found and cleared way more locations/Dungeons than they have (I keep getting distracted by locations) So we have all played for around 20-30 hours so far each.
My thoughts on it so far compared to Oblivion (which was my first game of this type but lead to me buying Fallout 3, FO New Vegas, Fable 2 & 3, and a few other RPG type games) are as follows:-
The World Size - Initially I felt like it was smaller than Oblivion. But on reflection this is caused by two main issues. 1) the game world is far more hilly and less open than Oblivion. 2) there are far more locations to discover and things to do. This made it feel slightly claustrophobic at the start.
Side Quests - Far better selection and more variety. Although some of the quests are a bit harder to find. However this adds to the joy in my opinion.
Moral decisions - Join the Storm Cloaks or the Imperial. Help!!
Things I miss - The guilds are not quite as obvious/powerful as they were before.