|Benchak the Nightstalker RPG Superstar 2010 Top 8|
I played through The Confirmation today with 3 other players, all of us were playing new ACG classes.
I was playing a Hunter, with a small cat animal companion. I enjoyed myself immensely. The Animal Focus ability didn't really come into play much--I ended up using it for the Stealth bonus to sneak up on a creature, but that creature didn't actually want to fight, so it ended up feeling like a waste.
Aside from that if felt pretty much like playing a Druid, although without 9-levels of spells to look forward to I was more willing to let my Wisdom slide during character creation to focus on Str/Con for melee fighting.
My dad played an Arcanist (Revised). He felt the arcane reservoir was a bit too small at 1st level (1 point). He otherwise felt a little underpowered, but I chalk that up to his lack of experience with arcane spellcasters, as he seemed to me to fare about as well as a level 1 wizard or sorcerer.
Our other two players were running a Warpriest and an Investigator. I'll let them share their own thoughts.