The game is promising. The aspirations are very high, and the CryTek engine carries a lot of weight. However, it's poorly optimized; my 1000$ computer couldn't handle it until graphics were turned down sizably. The combat leans more toward the hacky/slashy side of things, with blocking, weak attacks, and strong attacks. And, the combat seems pretty fun. Trying to attack a guard right when I began the game was a terrible idea, but with the proper amount of skill (and luck) I succeeded, so it's not all based on level. Additonally, the leveling concept was revealed instantly, and it shines; you get gradually better at things as you do them. Yes, it's Elderscrollsian (that's a word, as of now), but since enemies don't scale, it actually means something.
However, the game is very unpolished as of now. There's no map, only one spell that I've seen, it runs like crap, and, worst of all, it crashes constantly. As in, 15 minutes without crashing is impressive.
This game has potential, and I don't regret my purchase in its entirety. But, in my opinion, it's just a TAD too early to be released in its current state. I suggest waiting for a content update or two before picking it up.
Posted: February 26th, 2014