You can't judge Skyrim as a stand alone game. Skyrim is just a chapter in the TES series. You actually should be judging the series as one. The series goes from province to province. Main lore does not change, races don't change, race abilities don't change. Bethesda has created a very lifelike world and is constantly building on it. It's as if you are playing a history book in video game format. And from chapter to chapter the world of Nirm is changing from 6th House return with Dagoth Ur to Mankar Cameron and Mehrunes Dagon's evil plot to break through from his realm onto Nirn, and then the civil war in Skyrim taking place while a time rift was broken through due to The Elder Scroll.
Skyrim may have its issues, but stale and reused terrain is not one of them, especially compared to the broken and convoluted plot of FFXIV. I am on my third run through of Skyrim. While it isn't the best out of TES: III-V, it certainly is better and more in depth in story and things to do than FFXIV.
You back your argument up for Skyrim having good terrain with "it certainly is better and more in depth in story and things to do than FFXIV.". That is a terrible argument, and I think you might not understand what terrain even is.
Merriam-Webster's definition of terrain.
And I never said the terrain in Skyrim was good. I never even insinuated that in my post. I said it wasn't a reused terrain.
There are five types of terrain in Skyrim. "Skyrim features many different terrain types, including tundra plains, forests, highlands and mountainous regions. It is the most rugged region in the continent; not only containing five of the highest peaks in Tamriel, Skyrim is also very snowy and cold. Only in the western reaches are there some measure of flat land, where most of the population resides. The rest of Skyrim is vertical; mountains, cliffs, and deep valleys." - http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Skyrim
The terrain of Skyrim, if you have even played it at all, is different from region to region and from hold to hold. If you are possibly referring to the mountainous regions being "reused", I havn't really seen much evidence of that other than it's snowy...all the time... High Hrothgar is snowy, Labrythia area *sp?* snowy and annoying due to frost trolls...I hate frost trolls, The Tomb of Ysgramor, snowy area, and also situated right next to a body of water where there is a sunken boat :D *Still havn't explored the underwater terrain of Skyrim yet. If you are near White Run, I have yet to see it snow there. Same in Riften...now snow there...
And the story in the TES series, is far better and more connected than that of FFXIV. Again, you can't judge Skyrim story as a stand alone since it is one part in a series of chapters in the history of Tamriel. The Nord province is known for it's harshness and ruggedness. This is even prevenlent in the attitudes of the nordic people found in Morrwind and Cyrodill with their very proud and boisterous sound of their greetings.
If you read any of the books found in the games, you will see that there are books that typically predate that game. For example Starlover's Log is a book found in Morrowind that is in reference to TES: Battlespire. http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Morrowind:Books
The same goes for Oblivion, there is reference of the Nerveraine amongst chattering folk in Cyrodill, and the same goes for Skyrim, there is a book referencing the Oblivion Crisis.
So, to say the world of Skyrim is stale, you might as well be calling the entire TES series, stale, and to many who do play, that clearly isn't the case. However, I have heard that this isn't their favorite game in the series, and is definately not the best segment of TES:III-V, but to call Skyrim stale, just isn't there.
However, from someone who probably doesn't follow the TES series well, you might want to go here to check it out. http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Skyrim
That site has a ton of information of the lore of not only Skyrim, but of ALL the TES chapters. For me to type it up here a synopsis of the entire lore of Nirn would just give me a headache cause you probably won't even appreciate the work I put into writing it. So go to that link. And if you want to read EVERY SINGLE BOOK in the series without having to look at the games...http://www.imperial-library.info/
We have a link for that too :D.
Now...I know FFXIV can't say the same when it comes to storyline, especially across the FF series since each one is a new game with absolutely no connectivity what so ever.
So again...I know Skyrim may have it's issues...but to reiterate...re-used terrain and stale world...is not one of them...