So after missing several releases, I finally played a little. I only had about 15 minutes, but here are some of my initial impressions. I only just made it to Braemar, so I haven't experienced much yet. Good: -Character customization: This is so much better! I love it! Lots of choices. And the beards are starting to be just plain awesome! -Graphics: Beautiful. They just keep getting better. I really feel like I'm there this time around. It's come a long way baby! -UI: everything just seemed smoother. The game reacts to my input much more smoothly. It always felt clunky before, but some of that is falling away. Excellent. Looting was super easy. Starting Scene: Fun. So much cooler than just being dropped off at a random town. Enemies: I could actually kill Skeletons without feeling like it was a huge chore. Definitely a step in the right direction. Steam: So smooth. A much better way to get into the game. The Not-so-good: -Movement controls: These still infuriate me. Playing the game is a chore. I honestly hate them and just cannot get used to them no matter how many times I play this game. The toggle to free look is worthless, because then you can't interact. Please, please, please consider an alternate control scheme that allows me to replace the pointer with a reticle and use a button for interact, so I can free look all the time. Please! -Load times: I know these have a long way to go. I get it. But they suck so bad, it's painful. As I get more time, I'll give my reactions to leveling, skills, npcs, quests, and combat.