TL; DR version: Fail.
The gritty play by play.
Okay, people talking, black screen. I must be dead waiting to be raised and then I’ll start seeing stuff.
Oh, I get to create my character. Alright, I’ll go with a slutty looking female Elf. Okay, now I must see my character.
Weird. Okay, I’ll listen to the voices and wait for one to act all surprised that I’m actually still alive and THEN I’ll see stuff other than a black screen.
Okay, there is a ‘Skip Cinematic’ option.
This looks promising, GUI appears… over top a black screen.
Menu comes up, character sheet.
Oh, the screen is still up. No, no it isn’t. The viewing area just isn’t getting updated.
I hear stuff when I click and hit the spacebar. I see the mini map and it looks like I am moving around. Maybe it’s just dark…
Oh look! A cinematic showing me what the game could look like if it actually worked on my system!
It’s still going…
*ESC* *SPACEBAR* *FACEROLL*
Little prompt to pre-order.
Where’s the “Hell No” button?
First impression is first impression. I admit, I’m not feeling well so that probably adds some spice to the moment.
I’ll muck around and see if I can’t get the video to display. FWIW I haven’t had issues with any of the games I play including SWTOR which I play with all the settings cranked up.
Maybe I should have taken the fact that it started in 1600×1200 instead of 1920×1200 resolution as a hint that video stuffs were going to be bad?
Maybe it’s my second monitor?
Off to fiddle.
UPDATE: Some other feedback after rebooting, trying again with no success. Downloading new drivers and hope that solves the issue (without screwing up my other functional games)…
BTW, the logo trailers worked as did the initial cinematic trailer. I panicked a little when I saw three armored guys who looked pretty much identical… it reminded me a little of Batman: Arkham Asylum where there was basically one model for the minions with different skins that got used over and over. I worried… a little, it is a cinematic after all.
Log into EA account? Why? DRM?
“Select” button unnecessary in the prompts and message boxes. Really…
OK (which highlights on mouseover so, yeah, click it)
Really? Who approved this UI?
Buttons make sense for when hitting ESC on a cinematic, but not in the other cases where people are going to click (or move the focus over the item and push a controller button on the console) .
Lots of little loading bits. Is the game not making use of my 16GB of RAM? Am I being limited by this also being released on console? (Don’t worry, Skyrim does it too and I still loved the game.)
UPDATE 2: New drivers and a BSOD later – still not working.