Skyrim is still a great game if RPG is your thing, but yes, Soulsborne games offer that extra.I tried playing Skyrim, but it's too dated for my taste to try them now. I got to the intro with the wagon and got off and tried the sword in 3rd person view. I couldn't do it. I knew it would be a janky combat experience, and the NPCs, my lord! Probably great for it's time, but having experience Fromsoft Souls games, I couldn't play Skyrim.
Starfield feels like the type of game that you play exactly the way you want, whatever that may be.