I want to love being a Werewolf in Skyrim, but I'm struggling.
I love Werewolf stories. My friends know as being a "Werewolf" person rather than a "Vampire" person. When I watch a TV show and someone asks me, "which character is your favourite", I will usually pick the werewolf before it's even revealed that they're a Werewolf. Except in Being Human, the werewolves in that series (US and UK) shat me to tears. Exception to the rule maybe?... But I digress...
I can't help but feel that in Skyrim, Vampires got better perks than Werewolves. Or is it just that I haven't figured out how to take full advantage of their abilities? I want to believe that it's just a case of PEBKAC (IT term that means: "Probelm Exists Between Keyboard and Chair". Or in my case, Controller and Chair).
I'm playing a Warrior that is ignoring magic, so all my level bonuses have gone into Health and Stamina. My Magicka is the same that it was when I started the game. I'm wearing Steel Plate heavy armour and I'm using the Mace of Molag Bal and Spellbreaker (Skyrim). I have the Ring of Hircine so I can change as often as I like. But at the moment I'm not using this item to it's full potential because I'm yet to master when and how to use Beast Form.
At the moment, it feels like when I transform I become less powerful than I am as a human. I don't have the Dawnguard DLC (yet) and I may get it so that I can trick out my Werewolfyness. But right now I have enough perks to get in Block and One-handed to keep my next few levels busy.
At first I was anoyed that after all the effort I went to, to buld my own house and to adopt a kid that I can no longer get Well Rested and/or Mother's Love. However, I've since decided that not gettin XP bonuses to skills that aren't Warrior Skills is probably a good thing, as my Pick Lock skill is WAY higher than I want it to be and I'm scared that it's bloating my level. So I'm learning to like not having those bonuses.
I'm not able to heal at all. I thought gnawing on folks would heal me, but it doesn't. I discovered that I can't feed on Undead. Which made me sad because Jerky is awesome. 😉 Yes, I'm aware that Dawnguard has a perk that lets Werewolves feed on undead. I'll get that expansion eventually, but that doesn't help me now. And if I can't "dig" being a werewolf I'm less likely to fork out the funds to purchase the DLC.
I feel at the moment that being a Werewolf is about charging through a Bandit's hideout, slaughtering mooks and eating them as I go, then being in human form to take on the "Boss Fight" at the end, THEN walking back through the dungeon to loot all the chests I ignored and all the bodies of the people I gnawed on.
How does this compare to other people's experiences playing Werewolves? Did you have similar experiences and/or is there something I'm missing?