...Because it's terrible in so many ways I have a hard time understanding how they could release it. I will try to describe "all"(just got back and made a new save so there could be a lot more that I'm missing) my issues as coherently as I can.Character creation
-Gender selection is fine
-Portrait selection: seem to have lost the whole chose you small and big portraits, NOT ok. I like to have one big portrait for the character screen and one smaller more centered on the face in the upper right corner. Also portrait selection is horrible! Do i seriously have to sit and click left 50+ times(can't even use the bloody arrow keys!) to get to the portrait I want when that was not an issue before? Am I missing something? Also I can't see all my portraits anymore, they are in the correct format and almost the correct resolution, but it should scale according to the new "custom" button that is apparently now a information button. Why is it still called custom?
This whole part is probably the crappiest part of the entire patch, it's insanely important for an RPG to have good character creation and it is now completely butchered. I'm sorry but why the f was this crap implemented?
-Race selection: is "fine", looks a bit alpha with the very simple design but I can live with it. Still don't see *why* but what the hell, whatever...
-Class selection: So I now need to scroll down to find my class? Why? Also what's up with the terrible design? Total lack of the BG style.
-Kit selection: My first reaction: "Oh I can't chose a kit anymore? I can only click "done"? Ok this is very weird where are my kits? Meh... Guess i just go for a pure paladin then. **click** OH!? Kits are not gone? But why did the button say "done" and not something like "done, or chose a kit", seem unnecessarily unclear". Not that it matters that much but i can't help but constantly ask "why?" to pretty much every type of change like this. Because seriously, why? You know the saying don't fix something that ain't broken. For example if I like dwarves I will have no idea sorcerers exist unless I chose some race I normally don't play?
-Alignment: Still the whole feel that something is missing, feels like I'm looking at a word document when selecting alignment, not choosing my characters moral compass. Also if this was my first time playing the game I would have no idea that other alignment exists since they are not on the list, same goes with class.
-Abilities: No change... Why is there no change here? The only place where there could actually be improvements to be made? For example why not show my stored abilities? There is a lot of space that could be used.
-Proficiency: Again looks "fine" but I can't see the stuff i can't use. So *again* if i were a new player I would have no idea other proficiencies exist? If you don't want unusable stuff to clutter up the list why not put all the unusable stuff at the bottom of the list with some "ineligible" or "can't use" or simply grayed out(... like... it... was... before?)? The red selection thing looks ok though, looks incredibly basic but *whatever*.
-Mage spell selection: Crap. Why do I have to scroll through a huge list of spells to find what I want when I could just see all the spells before and select by recognizing their icon? Big downgrade. Also why are a bunch of really crappy spells already selected? That was not the case before right? Why make me go down the list and find the selected spells, remove them so I can finally chose the spells I want? Why make it more difficult that it needs to be?
-Priest spell selection: Better but still crap for the reason already mentioned.
-Racial enemy: Looks the same, same opinion on the red thing.
-Appearance: BRAVO! Huge improvement, don't quite get the two paperdolls but who cares!? All the possible colours make for a huge improvement! For more improvement: why not add the ability to tint the metal and leather parts? It can already be done in keeper. Also maybe correct the colour order? Bunch of grey and brown in the middle of the red, green, blue and purple.
-Soundsets: Looks fine but the text is huge? I'm not on a tablet using my fat fingers, I have a mouse. Seems to go for a lot of the selection stuff, why is everything so fat?
-Name: slight change that does not matter.
-Difficulty: Again BRAVO! Looks sweet with the gold icons, very baldur's gatey. More info on the difficulties could be added, like that hard and insane includes the core rules. That might be unclear to those who have not played the game before.In game
-Gameplay options: If this isn't new disregard this. BRAVO! Always wanted to play on higher difficulties but still get max hp on level up, a lot of other really nice options. Big improvement! Scroll speed for the mouse and keyboard sadly is still very slow even on max.
-Graphics: Options options and even more options. BRAVO! Stuff that was added like the outline(that exists for some unknown reason along with the gray pause) can be turned off! If only that was the case with the whole character creation overhaul, which I just want to add again(sorry) that it's crap on so many levels.
-Sound: Even more options! Whoever was responsible for the in-game options did a great job and deserve a big pat on the back.
-Map: Heard a lot of crap about it that I have sadly not yet experienced so I don't have all that much negative to say. I like the zoom-in/zoom-out function upon entering and leaving it. Being able to see where I can walk is also a fun feature that ADDS new functionality and does not take away it.
-Journal: AMAZING! It's suddenly useful! Just touched it so I can image there being bugs in it but on my first look it's well designed and gives the feel of your character opening up their journal to see what's on the to-do list. Really well done!
-Inventory: Looks the same, works great and was not changed for the sake of change! Great!
-Character page/record: I like it, a lot. Again, I have heard a lot of crap about it but i think it's an improvement. If I want to know something specific about this one character I can just click on the tab I'm interested in and I get the information I wanted. Great! The old scroll til' you find what you are looking for was pretty crap and this was a needed improvement, well done! It also remembers what page you were on when you switch between party members, sweet beautiful functionality!
-New AI options: Like it a lot, gives the player more options which is always a good thing. Maybe allow changing selected character from inside the AI page to quickly configure a bunch of party members.
-Speech bubbles: I like them, makes text easier to read. Don't find it all that necessary but I'm sure some do.
-Mage spells: Why the god damn lists!? They don't add anything just makes it a bother to scroll through.
-Priest spells: Same opinion, creates problems where there were none to begin with, why?
-Path-finding: Seemed to be improved, think i read somewhere that it could not be done but here we are. Yay?
-Loading/saving: Save page is still the same and works well. The load page... everything is huge! And does not fit with the save page and looks like something from a tablet/phone game, if the double click load was not there it would have been an even worse. Because why is "load" as far away from the first save as possible? WHy the unnecessary mouse travel time?
-Fun with grayscale: stare at the screen for 30 or so seconds then pause the game: (∩｀-´)⊃━☆ﾟ.*･｡ﾟMagic!Conclusion
I have no idea how some of these changes made it into the game, it did have a beta right? Did seriously no one say anything about these changes being stupid? Even internally it should have been brought up, it can't be missed. Did all the beta testers sit around with a finger up their nose(no offence but it's warranted)? The changes inside the game are pretty much all great but the character creation is mind-bogglingly crap, the portrait options almost look like a placeholder. And again it's insanely crap, the old one was much much better. And why all the scroll-able frickin' lists, on any average sized screen they are totally unnecessary and just a bother to use. So why!? Which I guess will be my final word to summarize my whole "character creation" experience. WHY!?
Can I roll back to the previous patch?
Again just so I don't come off as spiteful, in-game options and new functions are generally great, it's just this character creation... it hurts. Hoping I'm a moron and simply missing why it's amazing.