That CVG article pretty much sums up my feelings. It's a fun game with plenty of quests, excellent traits/achievements system to individualise your character and crafting isn't a pain either.|
The instanced story missions are fun and offer some really nice actual story. There are the "kill x for y" missions but the drops are extremely frequent that you need like 95% and as I'm a forester most of the stuff you get asked to kill provides you with leather you want anyway!
Plus if you're feeling particularly musical all characters get the ability to play one or more instruments that you can play in real time using keys 1-8 with control and shift so you may make some coin from busking...
Oh and it looks bloody lovely too, especially with the high res textures installed.
Monster play is fun; killing hobbit farmers as an Urak-Hai and taking their legs as souvenirs is a bit different.
My main is Jonty a man captain on Snowbourne, although I do cross dress occasionally as a very saucy female elf called Belleth a minstrel. I only "tried" her out to see what the elf intro instance was like (it's quite good and a bit more epic than the man and hobbit ones I've already tried), nice troll action for starters.
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