I played Friday night for a few hours, then got roped into dinner with friends, and an all day excursion to Tucson on Saturday. After geeking out all day Sunday I was finally ready not to use my vacation days
. I've been playing a mage/ranger type character skilled with the bow and magic.
This is my favorite TES game so far! I love the new leveling system, it completely addresses my complaints about the last two games. Also the new skills are pretty neet. I especially appreciate how they split cooking off of alchemy.
The down side? A few people (especially on the PS3) have been reporting pretty bad bugs, though I've been lucky enough to not experience any save for 1 crash (in the 16 or so hours of play, that's not too bad). I'm also not a fan of the new menu system, or the "favorites"/"quick equip" menu. Also you can't make your own spells anymore
Lastly... Why potions are friggin heavy!!! Virtually every potion/poison is 0.5 lbs, which adds up quickly, though they sell pretty well once you have a number of alchemists you can quick travel to.
P.S. Making leather bracers is a pretty easy way to up blacksmithing too, just kill every wolf/elk you see