Just bought Skyrim today! I want to play a hand to hand combat kind of a character, and I was a bit conflicted about whether to go play as an orc or a kajiit (cat person).
The cats are pretty awesome, but if you are gonna tear shit up face to face, I think it's better to be a nasty ol' orc. Then you can get up nice and close with the funky ol' orc breath. Instant KO.