Okay, so I had to start the game again on Easy as I was finding Normal a bit of a b*stard.
This is much better. Really enjoying the game now, seems to flow so much better with this setting.
I am playing the PC version with the 360 controller (which is natively supported by the game). According to Steam I have spent 6 hours in the game so far (the first three were my old, abandoned game playing under 'Normal', the rest my new game under 'Easy') and I cannot report any technical issues at all with the game - I cannot understand what the reviewers have been moaning about - honest to god, this game has been rock-solid, perfectly stable from the very start and I am running the game on it's very highest settings - no stutter, no lost saves, no glitches or even any noticeable bugs. I have earned, so far, 8 of the 46 available Achievements.
I've taken a few screens (which I've reduced to make them easier to see here on the forum). Game looks very, very nice for anyone who is a fan of Lord of the Rings (Jackson style). Your avatars appear in cut-scenes with all the costume/armour/weapon upgrades as you make them. It's really very nice. These are all in-engine, real-time screens. Yes, the game does
look this good.
The road goes ever onwards...