While not pushing the envelope with an entirely re-written game engine, Skyrim definitely has some improvements over the original release of Skyrim graphics-wise. I'd put overall graphics quality about 15%> Oblivion with high-res texture packs applied. While somewhat not quite on par with what I was expecting graphics-wise, it is a beautiful world. Spell effects, character models, monster models, etc... are greatly improved. Skyrim is however every bit as enthralling as I thought it would be. I don't remember the last time I purchased a new game and felt half as immersed as I do in the world of Skyrim.... well maybe Oblivion was close. I imagine on the PC version vs. the Console version, you definitely have some image quality improvement with anti-aliasing, AF, and some of the new settings I've not seen in a game before (FXAA and Transparent/Adaptive AA) for improving the look of transparent textures. I've never heard of these before. Here is a good article at toms regarding the improvement upon quality vs. the performance hit: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: PC Performance, Benchmarked : Can Your PC Handle The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? At a glance of my buddies playing on 360 and PS3, the PC version definitely blows console away on draw distance. It is safe to say that if you loved Oblivion, you will most surely love Skyrim. I've played a caster thus far mostly and have really enjoyed the destruction and conjuration skill perks. I can't wait to play through it with some more focus on a melee type race (class). While I really am enjoying battlefield 3, I don't find myself jonesing to jump on it and go exploring. They are both a couple of the best games ,all things considered, that I have ever played. Each one fills a different need.