@MatPaget: Majora's Mask: It's been awhile since I've played it, but the confusing nature of the game, along with having to revert back to nothing until you find your way was very off-setting. As for TP, it felt very uninspired as far as the main quest and temple design went. Twilight Princess probably only left a bad taste in my mouth because I played it on Wii. Had I played in on GC, my opinion may be different. I'm not trying to be a hater or discourage people from played these games, but as someone who as played since the beginning, they just didn't feel right. This is only opinion, of course.
I recommend Saints Row 2. It's not bad, but it's really over the top.
EDIT: Upon re-reading your OP, I really encourage playing through Saints Row 2. It's insanely fun, even though the story is stupid, yet very enjoyable. For added misery, I recommend picking up the Saints Row Double Pack. The Co-op in SR1 will really reign hatred and misery upon you. But the co-op in SR2 is very enjoyable and definitely will bring about an unforgettable experience from the side-mission activities alone.
Original, II, A Link to the Past. I don't care what anyone says, Zelda II was a great game. OoT was a good game for the first playthrough, but it was tedious after that. Wind Waker was also an awesome game.
Kinda Fake Edit: Majora's Mask sucked hard, and Twilight Princess left bad taste in my mouth. I recently watched the trailer for Skyward Sword and was left unimpressed. Don't get me wrong, I'm a long time fan of the franchise. But after being burned by TP, I don't have any faith for the series.
Pay more attention when given quests. I don't say that to be dick, but to reflect on my own stupid habits... I loved the main story quest line, but ignored information given to me when I was doing sidequests... Yeah, don't do that.
A lot of people like the Elder Scrolls game, and this could be the best one yet.
I am one of those people.
I'm not one of the many fortunate people who experienced TES prior to Morrowind, but I was hooked once a stupid friend who hates RPGs rented Morrowind and played it in front of me. Everything about the franchise is awesome. If you doubt anything about Skyrim, the franchise isn't for you, and shame on you for creating a thread questioning it.