I do disagree about the towns though. I thought that they did a good job making the towns seem different. Not disagreeing that there is a lot of backtrack though.
I don't mean the towns. I mean the dungeons and some of the other interior locations, like a lot of the forts/keeps. They're just huge with not much in them. The actual caves were fine, and it was all a lot better than the interminable clusterfuckishness of Daggerfall's dungeons, but... It's still a very similar quality to going back and playing FFIV after playing Chrono Trigger or Secret of Mana or something, in terms of how the dungeons worked.
I think I would've liked dungeons with actual puzzles or something in them. There weren't many of those.
I'm pretty sure my compulsive game collecting actually is a form of OCD and may be related to the verbal/motor tics I have too!!?!??
Also I seriously need to work from home tomorrow I kind of pulled my EVERYTHING when I was running from the rain last weekend.