Holy shit, it’s fuckin awesome. Call me a convert! I downloaded, played for a few minutes… then skipped classes, played for a few hours… and now I’ma buy this thing!
Seriously, its the most awesome RPG I’ve played since Mount and Blade.
Complex NPC clan interaction system
Well thought out classes and skills (although priests are a tad overpowered… think DnD clerics)
NPCs complete quests that you are too slow on
Failure to complete a kill quest in a reasonable amount of time causes uprisings and monster swarms
Simple party management
Quests are mostly fetch, kill count, and kill boss, with some rescues
Combat system is Diablo
Graphics look like ass
Simple party management
Buy/Sell interface needs work (stuff like space bar while hovering on gear sells it, but doesn’t buy it. And right click on gear buys it, but is used to equip gear rather than sell it)
Limited quest log (only six active at a time) - I’m pretty sure this was a balance decision, as quests are very valuable reward wise, and making it too easy to do them would really bork things
Map is highly pixilated, but has mouse over support with the dots
It shocks me that I liked this, because I hated Diablo and its various clones. The game itself reminds me of Majesty, as NPCs generally wander around questing and buying loot. I like how streamlined the party is (you can pick from any number of dudes you recruit, but only one can hang out with you in the wild), but I had issues with this when I invaded an NPC clan stronghold, as I was unable to issue targets, and couldn’t take more than one dude with me (although I did manage to pull the enemy to my base and have all my dudes charge em). This might be a feature to prevent easy ganks of enemy strongholds, and the siege WAS pretty intense as a result. The story is fairly forgettable (I didn’t even notice I was doing it!), but the core game play was so good that I didn’t mind. I’m sure it is a lot better if you take the time to read the extensive flavor text, but I wanted to get back to hacking things to death.
After capturing the town, you can generate a new world, which ups the difficulty (all the monsters are closer to your level) but allows you to keep all your dudes and gear. This was probably the smartest decision ever made by a designer, because playing without the NPC factions to trade with is pretty dull.
Summary: Excellent game with cool features but poor graphics.