RE: Which TES should I play first?
Shocker here. Oblivion.
Morrowind is dated as . I started with Morrowind, and I really, really wanted to like it, and I tried so hard that I did eventually like it, but the combat and early sections of the game are just utterly brutal. For example, which I first started, I equipped myself as best I could, came at a rat with my sword swinging, and not only could I not hit him once, my stamina plummeted so fast it was ridiculous. Suffice to say I died to a rat. Sorry, but for as much praise as Morrowind gets, that's not how game balance works. They done fucked that one up. As you get further, you won't run into that problem so much, the story and setting is great, and it's still worth playing (though as others have said, you really should look into some graphical mods), but lemme get to my real point.
Oblivion is rather ugly (though nowhere near Morrowind levels), it has its leveling problems (which are honestly an opinion thing; I don't mind the scaling so much because it keeps things relatively challenging), and some people dislike the story, but as far as gameplay goes it's a massive leap from Morrowind. You can come into the game swinging and do damage, which is nice. It feels like a more dated Skyrim, whereas Morrowind almost feels like a different game entirely. You can jump into Oblivion as a newbie and have fun, and that's kind of the point. Also, not to spoil too much, but going through Oblivion Gates is a fucking badass experience, and neither Morrowind nor Skyrim give you that privilege. It really makes it a game of its own that's definitely worth playing. Lastly, the amount of mods for Oblivion... is unbelievable. You can mod just about anything you can think of into the game. It makes Skyrim's modding capacity look tiny.
Skyrim? Skyrim is the best. The combat is way more fluid and enjoyable (even though people never shut up about it being so awful, all the while they can't name many if any similar FPS RPGs with better combat systems), it's easy to jump into, the world is pretty awesome, and while I stand by the belief that you're better off modding it immediately, you can still tromp through the game without and have a good time. Things do get generic though, so mods are a huge help. Still though, Oblivion is the one to start with. It's easy enough to jump into, similar to Skyrim in a lot of ways, and has its own charm that might be lost a bit if you get spoiled by Skyrim's beauty (use ENB or SweetFX while playing it; seriously, don't play it without them).
Morrowind is great, but it's greater if you're coming at it from the perspective of someone who's fallen in love with TES and wants more, especially when it comes to the setting and the lore. That's where Morrowind shines, and if you're hungry for that, you should be able to struggle past the wonky gameplay and tough start.
Skyrim really doesn't take off until you get into the survivalist mods. I spend so much time and effort making soup and trying not to freeze that I never get an opportunity to notice the crappy lore or awful combat everyone else blathers about.
Frostfall? I almost installed that, but I think it conflicted with too many of my
sex immersion mods.
Super Frog HD was something I couldn't get through. Too simplistic, with large sprites, questionable hitboxes, and disjointed controls. Jumping is just awful in it. There's hardly a point other than attempting to achieve a high score in each of the poorly designed levels. One of the most mundane platformers I've ever played.
That's a bit disappointing to hear. I could have gotten a review copy of that... but I said no because I honestly didn't think I would play it. The original was supposed to be an underrated classic, back when Team17 was still young. The direction they're going though... they're just churning out weak shit to make money from the looks of it.