Recently, I was perusing some old blogs I commented on Escapistmagazine.com from when Skyrim had just came out. I saw a lot of things being stated as fact in those blogs about Oblivion, and this compelled me to make this blog. This will feature the most common ones I saw, but if you can think of any, feel free to add them in the comments.
Note that if you think you're going to be "witty" and write "Myth: Oblivion didn't suck. False! It did!" then just... no. That's a matter of opinion. Opinions do not equal facts.
And of course, as with any blog where I don't shower Skyrim with constant praise, no, I don't hate Skyrim, nor am I biased against it, so don't waste your comments.
Myth #1: Skyrim is much larger than Oblivion.
False. According to Bethesda, Skyrim's game world is 40 square kilometers, while Oblivion's game world is 41 square kilometers. It's actually slightly smaller.
However, I think we can all agree that Skyrim's geography is much more detailed than Oblivion. But it's not larger.
Myth #2: Oblivion's landscape is nothing but forests.
False. The Blackwood region of south-eastern Cyrodiil is swampland. The north-eastern Jerall Mountains and eastern Valus Mountains are snowy and mountainous. The Colovian Highlands in the west are ridden with hills, while the Gold Coast and Topal Bay regions are grassy. However, the central Imperial Reserve and Niben Bay regions do have a lot of forests. But not ALL of Cyrodiil, as many claim.
Myth #3: Skyrim is much longer than Oblivion.
True, thought that might vary based on each individual. For myself, Oblivion took 100 hours to complete all expansions included, and Skyrim took 150 hours all expansions included so far.
Myth #4: It's possible to get to the top of White Gold Tower on the console versions
True. Using custom enchantments and potions of Fortify Acrobatics, the paint brush glitch, and a lot of patience, you can climb all the way to the top of WGT.
True. It's in Greenmead Cave, northeast of Skingrad. And it's huge.