Howdy fellow gamers, I thought it would be proper to drop by and share my thoughts on Skyrim so far. I am loving it although I have had periods of being underwhelmed that I will explain. First and foremost, it is easily the most beautiful game world I have ever seen and the freedom to explore that game world is overwhelming and exhilarating. Visuals and world design are a definite 10/10 for me. Storyline is good. I really can’t accurately judge the storyline as I have stayed away from the main quest and been working on guilds and side quests. The side stories are just OK, but I expect the main story to pack a better punch. Combat is where I have the most input. Typically, I never play a pure melee/tank character in any game. For some unknown reason, I felt inclined to create an Orc sword/shield tank character. I wanted to be a big brute asshole I guess. I put 12 hours into this character and got up to approx. level 15. Pure melee combat is just OK for me. I am pretty underwhelmed and tend to get bored easily with this character. The fights are very rinse and repeat with very little creativity or planning needed. The slow motion Fallout 3 style kill shots are a good addition, but not enough to make pure melee enjoyable for me. I leveled up armorsmithing pretty high and my character is pretty damn tough. With upgraded Dwarf armor and an upgraded sword, very little can hurt me. But at the early teen levels I found myself being a bit bored with combat… So, I decided to try out a pure mage. This changed everything for me. I realize that most of this review is very specific to my play style and my personal preferences in a game. I am sure there are others who love the pure warrior play style. I found myself being much more interested in each fight as a mage. I have many more things to consider. Spell choice is fun to play around with as well as choosing whether to duel wield destruction or keep my left hand for healing? I am also enjoying figuring out what type of magic works best on each specific mob. Overall, the ranged combat is much much more interesting for me. Switching to this character has resolved the few issues I had with the combat in Skyrim. Of course, I am still quite low level, so I will find out later if I still feel the same. I imagine as more spells are learned, there will be more thought involved. I also plan to create an archer. After reading all the perks in the game, the archery perk tree looks delicious. Obviously, this game is fantastic overall. As a gamer, it usually takes me 10 to 20 hours to find the class combo in RPG’s that best fit my playstyle. I am excited each day to get back into the world, and that very point is enough to judge an RPG or MMO on for me. The few silly gripes I can think of right now: There are definitely some bugs, none of them game breaking for me, but annoying. I had a few play sessions that were marred by a handful of crashes to desktop. I have gotten used to the UI, but it is troublesome on the PC for obvious reasons ( UI mods incoming to fix this). Your character does not leave footprints in the snow (this sounds ridiculous, but I was surprised about it). Along the same lines, I would have liked to see the snow in populated areas be more packed and dirty from traffic (like in towns). Very picky I know, none of these things are a big deal. Too early to give this game a final score, but it is hovering around a 8.5 to 9/10 at this very moment. I am expecting and hoping that it will be more of a 9.5 after I delve into the main quest line. Anyone else have any experience concerning the pure melee game play? I would love to know how you feel about it.