Originally Posted by Murlocke
So first it was 30% bigger than Skyrim, now it's 20x bigger?
I think he meant 20%. EDIT: Yup, article says 20%.
36 endings, you aren't meant to just play it once. If it's anything like the other witcher games, it will be a very different game each time you play it. 3600 hours isn't something to take lightly if you want to get all endings.. chances are it won't be black/white choices either so it'd be nearly impossible to get them all without a guide. I really doubt they'd just tack on 36 choices right at the end either, it's gonna be based on choices throughout the entire game like previous titles in the series.
BTW, I beat every single main and side mission in Skyrim (including 100% exploration) in about 65 hours (according to steam) on my first playthrough. It really depends on your play style. Maybe it has something to do with the fact I was 1 shotting elder dragons, on master difficulty, about 10 hours into the game. Dunno if they ever fixed the massive balancing issues with crafting, but I flew through the content.
From what I understand from an interview a few days ago, the "ending" is more of less the same each playthrough, but there are just many paths to get there and different states the game world could possibly be in when you reach that ending. Perhaps I'm mixing it up with another game, but I don't think so.
As for Skyrim, I haven't powered through it at all. I read a lot of the lore, spent a fair amount of time on Hearthfire house building, and I also haven't fast traveled a single time. Teleporting everywhere removes the sense of scale from the game, though I definitely wouldn't have stuck with it if not for having an extremely fast mount from an addon. You also miss a lot of things along the road, though I rarely see anything new after this long. At about 150 hours, I also installed an addon that allows me to teleport back to the house to offload because the trips were getting rather tedious. With those two, I'm sure I'll have the side quests done in pretty much no time. I haven't installed any other DLC though, so there no telling how long that will take, even with the mount and teleportation addon.
It's kind of funny - I actually preordered Skyrim. The box had been sitting on my desk since release up until a couple months ago. I suppose this is the best way to experience the game for the first time though because apparently it was buggy as all hell on release. All the mods that have been made have also drastically improved my experience.