I'm on my 3rd time playing Skyrim. My PS3 died during my first game, had to wipe it and start over, died again and had to send it in. I'm playing the same kind of character, but I haven't touched the main quest yet. I guess the game is all what you make it and the kind of story you build yourself. My character is a heavy drinker this play through because by this point she's seen all this craziness play out 3 times. My house is full of mead and ale and no furniture. Lydia keeps my secret. lol
The Companions are my favorite faction, felt so bad about the whole Kodlack thing. Dark Brotherhood is fun too, but I liked it better in Oblivion. Thieves guild is pretty awesome as well, I like the Nightingales aspect and that armor is BA.