OXM staff: Look, I get that Skyrim is one of the last bastions of pure single-player entertainment. I was shrug-shouldered when BioShock 2 announced their multiplayer. I was entirely unconvinced by Dead Space 2, and I'm still paint-strippingly dubious about Mass Effect 3's online offering.
But there's one difference - in all those games, the multiplayer was an unnecessary bolt-on. In Skyrim, everything is already in place for an amazing co-op experience. But instead, you have to play alongside these horrible, passive-aggressive - or just plain annoying - AI companions.