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Old 11-14-2011, 03:18 PM   #11
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I love it so far. I think I'm level 9, so I'm not too far into it. I'm going dual wield melee and heavy armor. Next play through I'll make a caster of some sort.

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Old 11-14-2011, 05:12 PM   #12
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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.

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P.S. Making leather bracers is a pretty easy way to up blacksmithing too, just kill every wolf/elk you see

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Old 11-14-2011, 05:30 PM   #13
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I purposely have not bought this game...I know I will get sucked in and lose all contact with the outside world. Plus, after Morrowind, I wait till all the bugs are worked out and then buy it.

How is the level system different?

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Old 11-14-2011, 06:27 PM   #14
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You only have 3 stats (Magica, Health, Stamina) instead of the 8-9 previously, and you get to choose one each level to put 10 points into regardless of what skills you used during the leveling. Your experience bar fills a little each time you get a skill up. If its from 10-11, it's a small amount where as 99-100 would be a much larger amount. Also they introduced a perk system. Each level you gain you get a perk point that you can assign to get things like, bow does more dammage, destruction magic costs less magica, or crafting sort of stuff like, "craft elvin armor". Most perks have some minimum skill point requirement, and that you've opened the previous skill on the "tree".

The menu on the other hand is clumsy and annoying compared to the last couple games, but oh well...

When I bought this game, I let everyone know so they wouldn't worry about me when they hadn't seen me in 3+ weeks The bugs for some people have been pretty bad, but I guess I'm one of the lucky people who happens to have the right hardware set (AMD processor + newish GeForce video card), and I've only had 1 crash so far in about 16 hours of play.

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Old 11-14-2011, 07:34 PM   #15
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Man, I would rather be home right now... grr...

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Wasn't going to buy it but cracked and got it yesterday. Very fun and very immersive just as I expected. Plays well on my computer though I pipe it to the HD tv and use a controller, lol. I want it on PC for the mods though.

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Apparently the PC version is much faster and more stable than the x-box/ps3 offerings too.

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Apparently the PC version is much faster and more stable than the x-box/ps3 offerings too.
The interface seems to be built around a controller too. It works well with a controller and seeing how it is all setup I can't imagine doing it with mouse and keyboard... seems it would be clunky.
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So far the only bugs I've noticed on xbox (knock on wood) haven't been killers. I heard the same thing that the menuing was built more for a controller. I imagine lots of people are going the controller + pc route.

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There is a few bugs with the menu system and the mouse, but us dedicated keyboard + mouse players find ways to compensate.

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