I just figured out why I enjoy skyrim over oblivion.
After spending the last three hours just MAKING a character in fallout, it hit me. I hate having to make choices about my stats. It kills the game for me, after researching the pros and cons of each stat, determining how much I can max out the important ones, and in the shortest amount of time....I've wasted countless hours NOT playing, and not enjoying myself when I do play.
When I start, I don't get to enjoy the questline, it's a mad dash to get the stats boosted up in time so I don't miss the extra 2 points from leveling up to fast. Alternatively, I do no research, and I'm not allowed to do anything I want. There was a perk I wanted....but I didn't get the required skills up, so I had to wait two levels to boost it up and buy a random perk I didn't care about, but by then, I had to choose between the skill I wanted and the next tier of perks....and it goes downhill from there.
Now, with skyrim, it was mindless, simple. I was able to jump into the game, and beyond the mandatory hour long face creation, I was able to begin playing and enjoying myself instantly. Wrong stats? So'kay, you can level them up later. Racial spell sucks? Oh well, you can find another version of it elsewhere, maybe even more powerful. Then there were only three stats to choose from when you leveled up, simple, and perks could be reset later or saved up for when you're ready. I didn't have to worry about setting up my character, I could just enjoy the game.
I know I didn't compare it to oblivion, but that's because fallout is what made me think of the connection.