I had a copy of Wiz 8 back when it first came out, thanks to my dad. I was so enthralled whenever I watched him play it because of the gameplay and the character-creation. When I played it after I got older and was able to better grasp the mechanics of the game, I was still in love.
The first part of most RPGs, character creation, is an experience itself. With many races and classes to choose from, there is plenty of variety because you not only create 1 character, but you create 6. The races range from the Tolkienesque races to some really cool and unique playable races (Dracon. Faerie, Lizardman, Mook to name a few)There are plenty of different classes to choose from also. Developing your characters throughout the game is also great. There are many spells to use too.
The game plays like many of the old school RPGs like M&M in a FPS type. Just watch the video to get the idea. Wiz 8 was the last of a dying breed when it came out, but I personally enjoy the gameplay. Combat is turnbased while exploring is free roam.
The story of Wiz 8 is actually pretty fascinating and proves to be enagaging at times. I'll leave it there and let it unfold for you because I had the story spoiled for me and I will never forget it. I wish it wasn't spoiled.
All in all, I can praise and review and talk about how fun Wiz 8 is til I'm blue in the face. For 10 bucks its a steal (comes fully patched and the graphics are improved compared to the original release.) considering to get a CD copy is about 50 bucks. (They don't make it anymore and not many were made). Get it, play it, and enjoy the experience of Wizardry 8.