What is this game about and who should play it?
This game is a shooter. But not a typical shooter, since you will use self-combined spells instead of weapons and you won't need any ammo or even Mana. So you can fire as long as you want using the spell that you want.
In short: The game focusses on beating up tons of evil opponents with spectacular effects. And mostly everyone you meet is evil.
That is why the story is straight without interaction. It is just a nice narrative way to justify beating everyone up. The huge and detailed levels are straight, too. So you don't have to look for the next fight too long or walk the same way several times while nothing happens. Furthermore you don't need to be concerned with equipment like armor or any other secular stuff except the spell system.
You start the game as a so called dragon with unlimited power to cast and forge new spells. The tutorial is well done to show you how to control your character and how to cast several types of spells like Nova, Area of Effect or targeted spells. You will also learn the basic principles of creating new spells in the tutorial. The rest is up to you to experiment on new spells and spell combinations. But you are free to read the journal where mostly everything is explained.
During the game you can use classic elemental powers like Fire, Ice and Lightning but also Necromancy, Corruption, Delirium, Phase and Kinesis to weaken your foes and finally smash them with a huge explosion of what spell you ever used. As said before you can cast these elements as Nova, Area, Trap, Pool, Missile, Lob or Ray spell with three orientations like destruction, control and mastery (which is explained in detail in the journal) which is a total combination possibility of 168 different spells, each featuring different effects. In addition each spell consists of a shape and one to five augments, each with special characteristics like casting speed, critical chance and so on. So the developers don’t lie when they talk about thousands of spell possibilities, just like the developers of Borderland (another great shooter) promised millions of weapons.
As conclusion this game is real fun for hours with great replay ability. And when you have once learned to use different spell types to weaken or control your foes before killing them the fights remain challenging but not impossible to win.
By the way no spell needs three seconds to charge and you don’t need to block each enemy attack. Just blink away. ;)