I only had time to play for a hour or so. I got to admit the first cut scene sequences were pretty cool with the elite stealth orc unit but i've read it opens up after that. So far the world seems pretty awesome. I was one of those that didn't think the first one was that bad either, just came out at a bad time due to the big boys(Oblivion, etc). The only thing i'm really skeptical on so far is the magic system seems way too complicated and i thought making your own spells was cheesy in Oblivion.