I just want to point out some stuff I really want to share with both devs and the community alike.
First of, the moment I fired up the game, I was introduced to this amazing looking scene, the lightning and how it played with the environment, the characters sharp well-styled aesthetics. Amazing. The intro story felt almost like a Game of Thrones story and I think as I played with the female Eivor I often thought of her character similar to Arya.
Well that aside, the combat compared to the previous games feels more real and a little less arcade which is great, but I'd hate it being any more real. This is the perfect balance now, no teleporting around with skills. Don't get me wrong, if you can asociate it with Isu technology, any kind of magic is fine - I'm in love with the Excalibur and Mjolnir combo. 😉 Every fight, the moment I lock onto an opponent starts feeling like a dark-souls boss fight, the camera changes, the ever-so-slight time-slow effects, the really nice look of particle effects. And even looking a bit further away it just feels like a proper realistic fight with diverse tactics (I play on Drengr). Now imagine having a whole wide world of fights and encounters, wars, assaults, raids, ship bow shooting or horse shooting fights and the likes - it's an amazing piece of product so far and it honestly is, noone can say otherwise, all of this is true.
There are however some problems... well there's bugs - Wolfs have hooves sounds. It feels like not all the time but they do have horse hooves sounds - I can't imagine any loud clucking sound with their paws being soft as can be. Lincolnshire was bugged for me, the follow Hunwald quest to some camp was frozen, nothing happened at the table. The last update fixed this for me and I was finally able to go past that point. I randomly like to climb mountains and I see a LOT of clipping and misplaced rocks that just show the empty nothingness through the map. some bigger several times from the playermodel, I climbed a lot of the Norway mountains when I spotted about 2-3 such holes. I think I saw a couple more in England and one in Vinland, all in all this game needs a proper once-over in that regard, there's also clipping and missing polygon faces on buildings, some of them through the story. And the last region I did in England was Glowecestrescire, which bugged my cape to stay as the festival cape. I can't disable it, I can't make it invisible, it just won't go away.
And to wrap up my thoughts - The game really is gorgeous and it deserves some shots for my PC background. Here's some screenshots I made (with the bugged cloak):