Originally Posted by Ancient76
There are other open world games, like Gothic: Arcania or Two Worlds 2, that look and work better then Skyrim.
Skyrim doesn't have parallax, SSAO, true dynamic lighting. Many textures are low resolution... Game is poorly optimized like all TES games.
I have both of those games and neither one of those games look as good as Skyrim. They have higher resolution textures, but as far as things like vegetation, distance, lod, models, etc go Skyrim clobbers them.