So unless I missed it, no one has talked about the combat in super detail. I personally love it. I love the variety of weapons, I mean almost everything is there. Daggers, short swords, long swords, spears, long axes, staves, sledgehammers. . .
One thing I really like is that the DPS stats are a rough estimate. If you can’t connect with the enemy then the DPS doesn’t matter. This means there are some weapons that I find much easier than others, and get into a rhythm with. For instance, I thought I liked the spear, and it’s great for poking, but I don’t like it’s mega attack (rb+rt on Xbox). It twirls around too much. Now the long axe! That’s a spicy meatball mega attack, it smashes straight down and you can chain it super well. I’m also starting to love staves, their normal attack animations really do it for me, they are way quicker than say, a sledgehammer or axe. The daggers are hit or miss, I feel like they are great for close up interruptions but terrible when your enemy has a lot of orange charging/shoulder drop attacks. The swords seem all around balanced, great for fighting men, not so much beasts. I never use them for the big hunts, that’s a spear/axe job.
As for abilities, I’m still respeccing occasionally to mess around with them. I have decided I more or less don’t like the bow abilities besides predator shot. Triple shot and the raining arrows one don’t seem to come in too handy very often. I like crafting the various arrows but that’s about it on that path. Would like to hear from a master archer on a good archery build. Heal thyself is required. Charge attack is required. I keep break shield on the back burner melee slot, I don’t use it much but it comes in handy when I remember. I always forget the Harrass with Lieutenant ability, I might drop that one altogether in a future respec.
I guess I more or less follow the “assassinate until you can, then tear shit up mano e mano” style of play. By the way, the Spartan kick is the second best kick ever implemented in a videogame. We all know what the best kick ever in gaming was…