Let me ask a question first of all who have played MW.
If you improved three things in MW, graphics, AI, and combat. What sort of a game would you have?
Answer - an Oblivion killer.
To answer the questions that were posed.
Is it the game I was expecting, or hoping for : a resounding NO
Do I enjoy playing it ; only some what.
If I was the head developer : I would shoot myself ! , sorry just kidding ( smile ), hmm, on second thoughts, well maybe not just kidding.
I have played MW since it came out, and still am. Oblivion for four months, now I feel like the dog that caught the car ' now what do I do with it ' , but with MW, I just continue to play it.
Shivering Isles for me was a waste of money.
Now my two cents worth.
For me Oblivion over MW is only its graphics. Because I have played ES series of games since their inception, yes I am an old gamer, it seemed to me that Beth's were always on a up hill run from game to game, strength to strength.
But now with Oblivion, it seems as if they have tripped over, or at best had a bad stumble. Now they are on a severe down hill slide with this one.
The best they can hope for with Oblivion is that the moding community can save their collective butts. Although it will be tough even for the moders to do that because in lots of ways Beth's have ham strung them as well.
It seems to me that these days there is a game developers pub or club some where, where they meet every Friday night after work, for a few beers and a cigar or two, and to discuss the future games they are going to release.
If you look at some of the old favorites that have been around for years, their latest versions are only pretty graphics, and have gone down a similar road to Oblivion. Landmass has shrunk to the size of a postage stamp, and a small one at that, game play out the window, and very little thought given to other aspects of the game. As was mentioned before, how to get a ship out to sea, etc, and so on.
If you stop and think of all the years since MW was written, the experience gained by that, the hardware improvements and so on, and the best that Beth's can do is this.
Not to mention the bugs, if it was a bed, you would never sleep in it, without disinfecting it first.
All I can say for Oblivion is, go the moding community!, because without them, this one is down the...........
I guess that is my two cents worth for now ( smile ).