Totally understand your points , fully agree with that unique reward feeling . What I really want to say is to encourage "casual gamer" like myself to give it a try with some cheat on selectively , 'cause the game's mechanic , its world's design is really awesome and a fresh air to PC gamer, though the story is debatable . I really respect people who like that "tough love" these kinds of game bring , in fact , I start this game without cheat at all (I actually hardly ever using cheat in game before, but really this game spoil me : )) since then some game I pick I also find some kind of save editor to get through tough spots , mostly to skip some farming or check some cool stuff evr one talking about ) , I thought this reward thing is kind of fun and not that so hard , right , right ... RIGHT ??? And then it hit me , later things get uglier (that place before Anor LOLdo LOLLOLOLOLOLOL also that frigging giant tree before LOLOLOLOLOLOL I LOATHE FLATFORM) , to ppl that cant spend many hours continuously , it's not fun anymore to spend leisure time of the next day just to get through the same spot , it's not fun at all to lose so many progress just because of some mistakes , especially when that remind you that there are so many things in reality that need to be done and time is only limited..
My few last sentences in the prev comment may sounds a bit offensive but it's to those so called , self-claimed "true gamers" (not implying anyone here , just some ppl I remember in the past) who dissing ppl who use cheat as if they were the worst kind of ppl , meanwhile I believe there is barely any thing good can say about them . It's like they cant do anything with their life so they have to look down on others so that they can feel a little bit uber superior to anyone else .
BIG note though , my opinipn only applied to single play , offline , if pp use cheat on multiplayer then get to known lost of things about their mom that they have never heard of before , it's their fault .