I want to start this off with this comment; the game is currently in beta. That said, I am sure you have read that multiple times now through the various posts. So, where to start?
Straight up, this game will not be for everyone. No, that does not mean it is a bad game. Far from it, honestly. I bought the deluxe edition on a whim. Wanted to try something new. I saw it was beta, so I started playing with that mindset. That, so far, is the biggest thing. It is not a complete game, so some things do not work, or work as expected. Now, keeping that in mind, if you get this game, the end product in my opinion, will be phenomenal!
I am playing on max settings, looks and runs smooth, no issues. I DO NOT have a top of the line machine. Voices thus far are good, dialogue is great. Combat mechanics are good. Story so far seems great as well.
To make this easier, if you take the time to read this, I will break it down. Again, keep in mind this is a BETA. Not a beta you may be used to, more like end of the line alpha. Point being, a WORK IN PROGRESS.
--Character customization and looks in game.
--Story is great thus far.
--Combat will be great once game is complete.
--Graphics / audio / and interface thus far are all great.
--Gameplay is sweet. I said it may not be for everyone because combat is tactical / turn. So, think back old school with X-Com. I love that part of it, personal opinion.
--Combat animations / effects are sweet.
--Choice and consequence are a part of this game. You save someone from drowning, his parents offer him to you as an added party member if you want. Plenty of characters to change up the party.
--Different skills are used for different things. Obviously, ha ha. Those chances to use the skills on a frequent basis are not persistent in other games. There are a lot of opportunity to use each skill you have in your party. I like that.
--A TON of interactions within the world. Be it digging stuff up, repairing gadgets, even down to repairing toasters, ha ha! (definitely have someone in your party that can repair them, because you never know what's stored in one!)
--Completed game will hands down be great.
--Loading a save will often change the portrait of your character(s) if they are created from scratch. A minor annoyance, unless you get into combat, then you have to go by name. Or, if you made a guy and your portrait is now a gal.
--Combat, sometimes, can be a bit.. Interesting. You have a sniper, that has 0.0% chance of hitting a target. That same target now moves behind cover, and you now have an 80.00% chance to hit.
--Combat again, some enemies have ridiculous move / attacks. They will move across the screen, attack you twice, then move again... BETA, remember. It will frustrate / annoy you though, ha ha.
--Make sure you get a dedicated surgeon / healer. I roamed around for a bit trying to find someone that could heal my wounds, to no avail.
--There are times when walking around on the world map you are accosted by bandits, raiders, whatever, only to enter combat (if you choose) and find everything dead. Good for the free loot, bad because you never know what will really happen!
--The game crashes from time to time AFTER combat is completed.
--Some game choices have to be made on the spot, you do not have a lot of time to fart around and trying to figure the puzzle out. You take your time, (drowning boy for example,) he will die. Some people may not like that part.
--With no tutorial yet, character creation can be.. difficult.
--Finally; some characters you may spec for conversation bonus dialogues, sale prices, et-cetera. Once you enter dialogue, there is no way to change who is talking, so in cities, towns, you want to lead the party with the talker if that is your thing.
Again, it is a beta. So far, overall, great. Most of the cons I have listed will be fixed (I assume / hope) with end product. If you can look over those things for now, you will not be disappointed. ESPECIALLY if you like RPG, tactical combat, decision making, and crafting.
I do not typically write reviews, but I wanted to get one out there since there are a lot of negative reviews.
A hidden jewel for a game, even in beta. I give my nod of approval.