I originally bought the game for PC in February, and quickly gave up because despite having an i7 4790k and GTX 1080, I was getting 15 FPS on low settings. I got a refund on steam and decided I would check back later.
I ended up seeing the game on sale on PSN a few weeks back, and decided to give it another go, with PS4 being my preferred platorm. I’ve spent about 20 hours with the game, and I just don’t get the big deal. It’s simply not FUN for me, at all.
First of all, lockpicking on PS4 is a joke. I have attempted to unlock a very easy container at least a dozen times, and I still can’t understand what the hell this lockpicking system is supposed to be. Seriously, it’s bad.
Secondly, the map is atrocious, it took me forever to make heads or tails of it. I would much prefer a map that was more practical and didn’t have all these little fancy-pants illustrations all over it. The game also does a horrible job explaining what all these myriad symbols mean, and I don’t mean just the map but in all aspects. I’m constantly seeing icons all over the screen and I have no idea what they mean.
The combat also leaves a lot to be desired. It got to the point where I would simply try to outrun every enemy I encountered, because combat is such a chore, not to mention boring. I get that Henry is supposed to be this idiot who can’t do anything, but damn.
The final straw for me was on my recent playthrough, i had started over for the 7th time or so, and it was the quest where you are supposed to escape from Talmberg, and after I mounted my horse, the stupid thing kept getting clipped into the surroundings and I literally couldn’t control this thing enough to even get to the castle gates. In my previous playthroughs I had simply jumped off the bridge, but the horrible mechanics controlling the horse were the straw that broke the camel’s back.
I’ve come to the understanding that this game obviously isn’t for me, which is a shame because I had anticipated it for a long time. I can tell that a lot of love went into creating this, but the game simply is no fun. I know the devs were going for realism, but I think if that realism is coming at the expense of fun and immersion, then you’re doing it wrong.
Hats off to you guys enjoying the game. I wish I was one of you.