Just started a new playthrough with 100 mods active. Game runs like clockwork. Loads quickly and all mod effects were immediately noticeable. Some good, some i should have left out. Changed difficulty level from the default adept to legendary, fought my way out of the cave and past some wolves to Riverwood.
The animal behavior mod TEST works very well. The wolves are scared of fire, so i used flames and a sword to deal with them, without being harmed.
The intro scene was still bugged with the carriage bouncing all over the place. So next playthrough will be with the good old "Live another life".
And i also lost Ullfric when i jumped from the damaged tower. I was blown over a wall by Alduins bad breath. Took me some effort to get back into Helgen. First part is scripted. Helgen is a closed cell. So i can not really judge if the opening scene overhaul really adds much. Dialogues were better in the carriage. For the rest i did not see much difference. I wanted to try to escape with Ullfric. Maybe i will give it another shot.
The game does look a bit cartoonish, compared to my ubermodded Skyrim Original, but the devs did a great job with the new lighting and also DOF settings.
Game was auto set on Ultra.
Now i have to deal with some side effects from using NPC character modding
They all had black faces. I will not use loot or some other load order organizer, but simply manually re-install all Bijin wives, warmaiden and NPC mods.
I don't use the in-game mod manager. Just the nexus.
PS I lost the brawl against Uthgerd
Legendary level brawls are just impossible at the start. But i need her, so i will do the brawl on a lower level this time.
Best way to learn a Nord Woman is to get into a fist fight with her