I finished the main quest line in Skyrim (spoiler, you kill dragons!), and I must say it was very enjoyable. There are a few parts that are incredibly great, and others that have me very curious to see how they play out if I do X instead of Y. Two areas in particular are jaw-dropping when you first see them.
‘Rushing’ through it also highlights just how little of the total content is experienced if you just do this one story. Entire sections of the map are not touched, and the areas you do visit you do so briefly. I would say the hardest part of the whole thing was NOT getting distracted by interesting side quests that you come into contact with. I honestly feel more ready to explore Skyrim now that I’ve ‘finish’ the story, if that makes sense. My plan is to wander and do whatever looks interesting, and see where that takes me, completely ignore the main story unless I happen to progress is naturally.
And in another “I said I would wait but I’m weak” moment, I rolled up a dark elf mage and started another playthrough immediately. Just too many “I wonder what happens…” moments to be ignored.
Finally, a quick note about review scores, as I’ve seen people question how a game can be considered a 95/100 when there are such obvious mistakes (the UI for example). To me it’s simple; is the UI bad? Yes. Is the game otherwise amazing? Yes. Is the UI bad enough to make me walk away from the game, or impact it enough to significantly hurt my enjoyment? No. Would I rather play game X or Skyrim? Skyrim. Hence even with the world’s worst UI, Skyrim is a 95/100 IMO (if I gave scores).