I absolutely love Skyrim. I've played for thousands of hours across different platforms since it came out over 10 years ago. And thanks to a vibrant mods community, it keeps up with modern AAA titles (even surpassing a lot of them).
Skyrim is king among RPGs I'm sure I'll be playing it for another 10 years, minimum. I've only got one beef with it: there's no roleplaying.
When I sit around the table playing TTRPGs with my friends, we speak as our characters. We make decisions beyond what to swing our swords at next. We really get into our characters' heads. The line between player and character blurs. We live out other lives through character sheets and dice.
That's the feeling I want from a video game, but they fall short. I may be climbing mountains and slaying dragons, but I never utter a word. I just move my hands across the keyboard and mouse (or controller), making choices and enjoying the previously-written story unfolding before me (for the hundredth time, lol).
I don't say any of this to defame the good folks at Bethesda Game Studios, or detract from the incredible work that they've produced. They've come as close to a truly interactive experience as one can without relying on an AI--or another human--to interact with the player. I just want more.
I'm aware of communities like Valheim Roleplay (I'm also a member of that one) that inject roleplay into games where it doesn't exist out of the box. They manage it with a ton of mods and extra human effort. It's really great, though it stands as proof that RPGs are really just ... Gs.
Has anyone played an RPG video game that incorporates roleplaying out of the box?