I recently decided to completely play through the entire game again with a friend. I've done all achievements on my main and first did the main story quests on it nearly five or more years ago; so I was super excited, and still am, to very slowly work my way across Tamriel. We made new characters, we customized for each zone, read each book and listen to all dialogue and cutscenes.
It's been a lot of fun. Then, when we finally reached Greenshade, we decided to both become werewolves to play through both that zone, and Malabal Tor. We are doing the dungeon quests and all zone completion as we go through. This is where the fun began to go a bit sour. I have known for a while that they made changes to both Werewolves and Vampires to give you bounties in towns. I know they did this for roleplay reasons, so we were going to stay out of towns in our werewolf forms, all well and done.
*SOME QUEST SPOILERS BELOW*
However. DURING QUESTS, often our very own allies would scream at us. We would heap out bounties of 1k, 5k at a time. In quest areas! Out in the middle of nowhere. It was beyond annoying. Also, we could not even often DO the quest in werewolf form. In Shadow's Crawl, you had to just *point* at a hole in the ground so your ally could do some green glowy thing. And in werewolf form, nothing happened at all. NOTHING. meanwhile, wood elves around you were screaming *CUR* and up the bounty ticked, while actual hollowmen were attacking them that we had to go and kill to save them the ungrateful little cannibals. I picked the hollowman thank you very much, by the way, at least the hollowmen don't call me a cur while I'm saving them.
Then, in the MOS dungeon in greenshade. Mechanics require you to sneak. You cant sneak as a werewolf. This dungeon was MADE during the wolf hunter patch, rise of the werewolves, etc. You cant do the thing the whole way through as a werewolf which is beyond sad.
Simply being unable to predict which quest zones and quest companions will FREAK out and give you a bounty when you tried to use your skills was annoying. Not knowing what quest points you can go to, annoying. It made me not want to do it anymore
which is very sad, because its fun to play. But by the time we completed the zone? I think I'd paid maybe paid 50k in bounties. And its just silly and feels pointless.
I might need to shelve the werewolf soon. I still plan to do Malabal Tor, see how it goes. But I don't know. And the future plans to do vampire for a couple zones, maybe those skills are easier to hide without a bounty, but that doesn't seem fair. I really wish there was some sort of change in quest points regarding the bounty for skills feature. Not just for werewolf/vampire, but necro skills as well. If I am trying to save your butt, I don't think you should be complaining so much about how I am doing it.