Seriously, when Skyrim hit the stores, my outlook was so narrow that I thought the Elder Scrolls series was the only true open-world game out there.
Now I've got Far Cry 3. Need I say more?
You may not be able to put as many hours into FC3, but the sheer gorgeous-ness of the environment, the length of the campaign, and the dimwitted-ness of those lovable pirates is simply priceless! Well, it's worth the 20 bucks I paid, anyway...
Bethesda, you've got a long way to go before you can even THINK about releasing Elder Scrolls VI.
Now... time to check out Rage, Fallout, Borderlands, FC3: Blood Dragon...
EDIT: Blood Dragon is short, sweet and 'cool;' generally a good game.
EDIT: Borderlands 2... you can keep it.