Okay... I must say I'm really sad to write this. I had huge hopes for this game, as I'm a big fan of the previous two games. I mean, they both harken to the days of yore when I just didn't care about certain things. I just rolled with it, despite the flaws. This game hugely relies on that nostalgia.
But now... I can't deny the flaws this game has. And more importantly, it just isn't FUN. No seriously, this is a game right? But I was just frustrated to no end.
The journey begins with a spreadsheet. Yes its styled like an old paper n' pen RPG, but there's so much pointless skills. You spend an hour just trying to decide what will be good and what will be pointless. I restarted the beginning like 3 times trying to figure out what I wasted my points in. Seriously, sometimes, LESS IS MORE. It was just a headache, seriously. In the town you arrive in, to add insult to injury, NO TRAINERS. ARE YOU SERIOUS?
Oh well, nevermind, you arrive in the town, then you have the usual pointless conversations. You are in the middle of nowhere : check. Is there anything interesting, nope? : check. Can't loot anything because your hide in shadows skill is useless : check. Get the town angry because you got curious : check. Can't save because you chose hardcore mode : check. Force quit the game because you ♥♥♥♥ed up : check. And you've got no idea where to go : check. Except, of course, you get a quest to kill bugs.
And more bugs. Man, those bugs are annoying. The last straw was when my build, a ranger was unnable to EVEN DAMAGE the... swarm things. They're immune to arrows? What the ♥♥♥♥?!? I instantly got swarmed by like 10 of the invincible dots. And this was ONE SCREEN away from the first town. YOU KNOW, THE FIRST AREA OF THE DAMN GAME? WHAT IS THIS DIFFICULTY CURVE?!?!
Then I built a mage build. I then promptly got diseased with the first step I took in the swamp, reducing my endurance and strenght by half. Permenantly. I killed most of the bugs I saw, then ran out of mana, then I was forced to fight with my fists. With no combat skill. With half strenght. Then I tried resting at an inn. Afterwards I was still ill.
Okay. This is the last straw.
It pains me to say, but this game is just an exercise in patience. A total waste of 18 bucks. I should of bought it during a sale. 5 bucks would of been reasonable.
I JUST WANT TO PLAY THE DAMN GAME, SO STOP DELIBERATLY SABOTAGING MY EXPERIENCE!!! I want to have fun, not give myself a damn headache.
Last word : If you're a huge fan of the series, you might still enjoy this. In my case though, it seems like they just took Book II and made it less good. If you're new to the series, I recommend just playing the first two games, the second being far superior. I don't understand how they could mess this up so bad.
Oh and before you blame me for not giving the game a chance. I did. Twice. And the most important part of a game, any game, is the first 15 minutes. The game did nothing to grip my attention. Worse, it was complicated, unfair and boring. On the plus side, the music was excellent! What epic music to play while you kill roaches. The interface is very well done too. Just like the other games. Let's try to innovate at least a little next time, yeah?