Which is hilarious on so many levels.Already named one, the cities in skyrim.
I'm not even sure why some people think Skyrim is the king of the hill to beat here.Not really.
Skyrim could not hold a candle to STALKER anyway.
I mean, I think TW3 absolutely destroys it, but I wouldn't even need to bother with it.
There are several older, cheaper games that I would list as far better than Skyrim in offering a proper sense of place.
Gothic, Risen, Ultima.
They may not be as extensive when it comes to mere square kilometers, but they offer a lot of more meaningful interaction with NPCS, a better sense of scale that create the proper illusion of being part of an actual place rather than a cardboard scenario, etc.