See here's the thing, the Bethesda has gone mad crew, who don't like their recent games are in a minority.
Fallout 4 (2015)14.91
Fallout 3 (2008)9.94
Fallout: New Vegas(2010)8.42
Fallout 76 (2018)2.46
Suprise! A multiplayer only entry in a single player series really did not do well BUT fallout 4 sold roughly 5 million more than 3.
Skyrim has sold around 30 million copies, it's hard to track down exact numbers due to the many rerleases but that proves my point. They released their best selling game and people like yourself called it a 'watered down offense' to RPGs, fair enough we all get 'tricked' into buying a game based on expectations, but then the rereleased it and people buy it again, then it came to switch and they bought it again, then it came to VR and they bought it again.
You like your RPGs a certain way, good for you. Might I suggest, if you haven't already, to play Wasteland 2 and Divinity series. Bethesda, being a for-profit company (please direct me to a Non-profit gaming company) is going to base their future choices based on past sales. So if you weren't a fan of Skyrim or Fallout 4 then odds are you won't be a fan of ES6, Fallout 5, and probably Starfield. Where as every one who enjoyed them will probably enjoy them
I bet you're a real hoot at parties. I feel sorry for people like you, Christopher. You come from or identify with a generation that is so egotistical that they feel a constant compulsion to try to belittle anyone that they don't agree with. Keep your unsolicited suggestions, because I don't need a list of games that you think some dissatisfied-without-a-reason person would want to play, as if I've never heard of them - the implication being that if you're “that wrong” in your opinion of Bethesda's decision making, then you surely are unaware of what is out there.
You have no idea what “people like” myself are or what I've said. But I know what people like YOURSELF are, impolite rude and self congratulatory with nothing anyone can point to that can justify their self-appointed status. In case you didn't know, "life-long gamer" is not some cool guy medal that sets you apart as some wise elder that is admired and envied by "n00bz". Somehow it seems that a huge number of people got pranked by some memo that went out that got people to believe that such a person who presents "Life long gamer" as a credential wasn't considered a total dork anymore.
It just amazes me how you kids plummeted in critical thinking ability compared to your predecessors. I guess being brought up on Barney the ambiguous dinosaur doesn't exactly do wonders for the brain. Oh sure, I could be wrong about your age, but hey, why not take a stab at it since you're exhibiting the signs, and you already made a wildly inaccurate one on me.
See, here's the problem: your faulty reasoning says that if lots of people buy it, then it's good. But that is a sloppy assumption to make, because a little bit of thinking can debunk that lazy logic. Let's say for a moment that the U.S. and China have a longstanding conflict and it ends up with a nuclear exchange that destroys civilization as we know it, just as a random idea that I've never heard of before. Then suppose we look at sales figures for… oh lets just pick a number out of a hat, the year 2077 that'll work. Now, let's compare those figures to another arbitrary number, how about 2287. Since there is just a fraction of the population left alive, do the drastically reduced sales of some imaginary product that i'll call "Nuka-cola" mean that that product is no good? Of course not! Surprise! First indication... the inverse of my erroneous assumption is false.
Now let's do something the youngsters these days seem to enjoy, let's take an already well established concept and flip it inside out. What if in this imaginary scenario a gambling establishment called... hold on clicking random name generator button... ahhh .. yes ok, The Ultra Luxe Casino finds itself in the coveted position of the foremost buisness in the entire world in terms of annual receipts and total revenue. Should we assume that this business is providing a fantastically wonderful product dollar for dollar, based on those figures alone? No! we would be foolish to assume that solely based on sales numbers because we forgot to factor in well... ANYTHING else! whoopsie! Good thing we're not allergic to eggs because we'd have to call an ambulance with so much on our face! No, we couldn't assume that at all, because the casino had a captive audience. Those poor assholes had no choice, unless you want to throw your money away at some other roughly similar joint, but the point is, people buy what is available. Would they buy something better if it was available? Of course they would, but since it isn't, the Ultra-Luxe looks... well Ultra-Luxe!
The moral of the story here, since I get the feeling that I need to explain it to you in simpler terms, is you all can eat a poop sandwich and enjoy it if you want, but I'm old enough to remember Pre-war stuff.