I'm so envious of all you guys who have been able to sink time into this game. I really want to, but with everyhing going on right now it's been hard to find time. Working extra hours due to vacation coming up, football games to watch, and helping a friend out with a problem.
Last night I did most of the Golden Claw quest. Some more observations:
Awsome detail in the ruins and caves. It was just amazing how it looked.
Love the 'finishing moves' that you see now and then as you finish a foe off. Brutal? Yes. Really needed? No. Over the top and gory? Most defentily. Still, heck a lot of fun to see.
Battle strategy is even more advanced then in Oblivion, as some posters before me have commented on. In the battles I've done so far, I've let the foe charge me with my shield raised. Block the blow, counter attack with a sword swipe or two, and when he gets ready to attack, raise the shield and do it again. Rinse and repeat. I also like how sometimes you 'stun' your foe, that's when I go in for the power attack.
Like the fact health regenerates slowly on it's own. It's just like resting in the eariler games, only you can regenerate as you explore.
Taking the time to explore nooks and cranies paid off. I've gotten quite a bit of gold (helped also by the fact I'm playing a Imperial) and some nice side items.
Level 4 so far, and I've taken two of my three bonuses on stanima, so I can both swing more often in combat and carry more stuff. Selling stuff in Riverwood berfore I started the quest helped -- also bought the Clervoyance spell to help find me things -- and I've also gone back once to sell more stuff. This has allowed me to get about 1000 gold.
Not sure what to spend my skill bonuses on yet. Since you can raise those skills natrualy also. I'm probaly going to do Speechcraft since that harks back to how I've played Morrowind/Oblivion. I like playing a silver tongued Imperial who tries to use peacefull options in quests and conversations to get what I want and save money on buying/selling things.
Don't like the fact there's no barter function with merchants anymore -- that seems to be automatic now. Boo! I always liked doing that in past games.
Love how people actually sleep at night! It never seemed right to find a shop open at 3 AM in the morning.
Spellcasting seems to be a little akward here. In the middle of combat, if my health is running low, I have to select Favorites, go to the healing spell, back up from combat, quickly cast it, go back to Favorites, and reequip my sword.
It's a little hard to see in conversation if a topic has been selected or not.
At the end of the Golden Claw quest I wasn't ready for the 'boss' to attack me and lost that fight. That's where I quit at. Won't need to go back much, and next time I'll be ready to deal with him.
Really great game and enjoying it just as much as past ES games.
What's this about NPC companions you can hire not holding onto your stuff? Wasn't that claimed that they could? Another bug?
Edited by SoulBlazer, Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:31 PM.