After about 3-4 hours of downloading the patch yesterday afternoon I finally got a chance to spend some time in Tamriel again.
The first thing I noticed as I logged in was that things ‘felt’ a tad bit smoother in terms of animations and running around. It could just be my imagination, but that was something that stuck out as I was playing. I can still feel that run speed has not changed however as my Magicka Templar still moves like a snail.
Everything loads so much faster when I enter capital cities and the like. I don’t have to wait for minutes on end to see everyone and begin using crafting tables in Deshaan it’s a great feeling.
I LOVE costume dying, it definitely provides a lot of entertainment in terms of customizing your hero/heroine
It was so great to change my Templar from a Nord to a High Elf. The cost did not raise any issues with me although I had a number of crowns waiting to be used.
I love that we now have this opportunity along with the name change, although that was not something I needed to do.
I only tried Cradle of Shadows and I attempted Normal solo just to take in the atmosphere and got stopped at the assassin dude as I’m not sure it’s possible to get past his stun by yourself. Later on that night I did it with a group and although we blasted through it, I enjoyed it. Will try Vet and the other dungeon at a later date
Speaking of groups, the group finder ‘functions’ a bit more consistently now from what I can see. I feel like the time it takes to form said group is still a bit on the long side as during Thieves Guild healer queues were near instantaneous. Maybe it is an issue with more people needing to use it as I’m sure a ton of people stopped during the DB era, I know I did.
Last but not least, I absolutely love the addition of text chat. I went to wrothgar and did a few dailies with a group all stemming from someone typing in /zone that they needed help on the ogre boss. I joined his group asked him to share and we were off. I definitely think things like this could benefit from some kind of in-game pop up help tutorial as I’m sure the majority of players will have no idea it exists if not informed by a more knowledgeable friend. I had a returning friend play with me for half an hour and he didn’t know there was combat text now.
All in all I really enjoyed the first day post patch. Thank you ZOS.