Well what can I say really? I've only played a couple of hours so far. In that time I've managed to complete the hat quest and explore the bulk of the Novia map and go back home within the span of 22M of bandwidth. (That makes me happy). Single player of course. A lot of people have expressed astonishment already at the improved performance and visuals so I'll spare everyone the all cap acronyms.. but I'm forced to agree.. wow what a difference the new lighting and cloth sim makes! It's hard to say anything bad at this point.. but then I came into the game after several early patches so there must've been SOME negatives. I did notice a few cotton plants in Solace Forest that needed light issues fixed.. ie they didn't have shadows applied to them so they stuck out in the dark. First thing I noticed was the cloth sim.. that is so much better! Then I stepped out my door into a sunny day in Westhollow and wow what a difference.. Grunvald Shardfall was scaled down a LOT.. SO much better now.. I could be happy if it's left that size on the map. To be honest I expected the overall scale of the Novia map to seem bigger. Like twice the size it is now. Not that it's a bad thing. If anything is going to trip me up on the overworld map though it's that I expect things to be farther away. It really feels like a lot of work when into this release just in the visual and performance improvements alone. I wouldn't be surprised if R16 goes down as one that everyone remembers.