Well, all I can tell that this game is my candidate for best game of 2011. There are too many positives to give, so I'll focus on the bad and the not-so-good things :
- dumbed-down stats and level system. Sure, it's easier and you don't spend that much time on focusing on strenght, endurance, etc., etc., but you still have to spend lot's of time on...
- ... messy inventory! Again, dumbed down for the needs of console players.
- lack of athletics/acrobatics. As a person who plays Khajit, I feel cheated. I loved the fact that with lot's of gameplay time and training, my Khajit was able to jump over buildings in Morrowind, without killing himself. It was toned down a bit in Oblivion, but now, in Skyrim, I feel like I've been cheated when I'm having problems with jumping on the smallest rock.
- no unarmed skill, no fighting without armor skill. Same as above, my Khajit in Morrowind fought mostly with his own bare hands and unarmed. What he gets now? Starter bonus +15 of attack for claws and no bonus for fighting without armor, except for additional whoopass for not having any.
- Horses. They defy gravity and that picture :
is oh-so-very true and that sight is a common one. Unless the game will glitch and shoot my horse(with me in the saddle
) few kilometres back, which happened two times and resulted in - of course - death. Second thing, they tend to rush into battle which is for me - as I play the stealthy fellow - annoying. How can I backstab a guy when he's running around my horse like a madman? Third thing - they tend to get lost when I use fast travel, unless I'm in the saddle. Fourth thing - I never saw any difference between horses in one city or another besides fur patterns. Only Shadowmere had longer galloping time than others. Step back from Oblivion in this aspect.
- NPC's! Same as for horses, they rush into battle and when they do, the enemies won't kill them, just make them fall on their knees and crawl away. Unless I'd kill them, which I often do, being angry how intrusive and weak they are. To put it simply - they're stupid.
- bows. I love bows, I use them for about 75% of my gameplay, but they get too powerfull too soon. When I took the perk that makes opponent stagger for a bit mixed with a perk from sneak attack with a bow even the mightiest undead lords(like the one from mage guild quest
) cannot reach me and are able to attack me once or twice. Same thing goes for...
- ... sneaking and stealing. Being a stealthy Khajit, sneaking almost all the time through the game, stealing whatever I'm able to steal and opening any locks I have to say that I have 98 of sneak skill, 81 of stealing and 78 of lockpicking. And it makes the game very easy even on the hardest level. But that's a problem that was visible since Morrowind. With Sneak of 98 and additional ring and amulet that boosts this skill I can stand one meter away from a bandit/guard/etc. and he won't see me. With stealing of 81 I can leave the guy virtually without pants(and there's a perk for that, at 100 skill level
- kids. Same as in Fallout 3&NV - you can't steal from them or do any harm to them. And some really do deserve it. But, nevermind, there'll be mods for it for sure and then I'll bring stealthy terror to Whiterun like the same way I brought my Gatling Laser to Little Lamplight in Fallout 3...
- dragons. Easy, nuff said. And dumb. Snow sabre cats, giants and snow trolls - now that's a challenge.
... and many, many more that I can't think of, but that's just me being grumpy. The game, in general, is addicting as f***, the story, especially guild stories are ten times better than in older TES entries(Dark Brotherhood rocks!
) and the world feels more alive.
BUT there's something strange I've noticed - I downloaded the game from torrent, since there was no demo, to chek it out. I loved it so I went to a store and bought the original. And I noticed that the original version crashes more frequently than a torrent copy
. I have two versions installed, but I play the pirated one because it's more stable.
Pirates having more trusty and reliable releases than the official ones? I'd say I'm suprised, but that is quite common nowdays.