Money's worth but ahem your friend had better hold back.
Ever play Fallout, Daggerfall or Arcanum? Classless character systems? Morrowind has the opportunity to be mostly classless, so that the starting character isn't going to ruin your game if you say chose to start as a mage and switch to naked barbarian. Even vice versa isn't that difficult, and can be worked around both in-game and through mods (There's a limitation of mana, and a mana bonus available in initial character creation). Then again, it is also challenging to have a limited power mage. Hint hint, if you'd like to counterbalance the limitations at character creation, use alchemy and restore magick potions more often. Or create an artifact for yourself in-game through Item Enchantment, or out of game through a plug-in granting yourself as much or as limited power as you so choose. Want a "power well" that grants temporary increased max mana for 60 seconds so you have enough juice to fireball that Frost Daedra? Go ahead. Make one. In game or out.
There is no "have to" in Morrowind. There is a main plot, but you can ignore it to your heart's delight. In fact you, as the game character, are encouraged to wander off and create a reputation for yourself "a cover" first before actually taking on the main plot. Go be the Arch Mage of the Mages guild, or Patriarch of the Temple order. Heck, be both! The NPC's in the main plot actually recognize you for being guildmaster, and in addition to having cool guild rewards, the main quest is advanced more readily than doing main plot alone. Vivec, the God, wants to see you now-- rather than having to complete additional quests to "prove" your worth as the chosen, you've already done so-- having been Patriarch of the Temple, Arch Mage of the Imperial Mages guilds, or Archmagister of the Telvanni (local faction of independant magic users).
So yeah. I think the game is great, but can be far too addicting once you're in the swing of things. Getting started in an RPG like this, as always for me, is rough. Everything looks so big and intimidating, unfamiliar. So many houses (to break into, or enter freely). Like real life, some people keep their doors unlocked, some don't. The world is big when running around randomly, and rewarding too. There are encounters on roads between towns and cities well worth looking for, and forward to. From kissing bandits, to betwitched naked barbarians, lost damsels in distress, and snobby elite demanding escort. Lots to do in and out of the City.
So yeah. cough tell your "friend" to keep this game on the "worth doing list" especially the Game of the Year GotY edition being so cheap for its value. Such a glut of games, good things to do, and good people, so little time to spend with.
Off-topic aside: I have a girlfriend now! One with real prospects of being together. Mutual love! Less time for games, but more time for games. Woohoo! Yeah. Excitement. Drama, contentment, happiness. Similar and complimentary personalities. Yeah, I'm in love, full of newfound hope.. now that I think about it. So much possible. Hopefully I have better moderation with M____ than your "friend" does with games Charis. Ahem.