As a fan of the original Konung: Legend of the North, buying this game was an easy decision for me to make. That said, I believe that this game can be a fun and engaging RPG experience for all fans of the Genre.
Konung 3: Ties of the Dynasty doesn't stray far from its predecessor in overall game execution. It is an RPG that requires the player to do a bit of thinking for themselves, as your path is not clearly laid out for you, and there isn't a flashing marker on your map showing you where your next quest objective is located. You will often be required to fully search the game map in certain areas. That said, the area maps are not extremely large, and I haven't found this to be tedious, especially as the experience gained from finding foes around the map is neccesary in this challenging RPG.
Rather than following one long storyline, the character falls into many short stories during the progression of the long campaign to find the champion sword. I find the quests and stories to be witty and in many cases comical, often earning a chuckle or laugh while I play along. That said, you will tend to follow a somewhat linear progression from place to place, especially early in the game. However, you can go back and forth from place to place, and in certain cases, will be required to. This is easily accomplished through the use of jump stones (portals) which are located in every settlement I have seen thus far.
The primary difference between Konung 3 and earlier titles, is an entirely revamped character creation system that includes 4 primary attributes (Intellect, Agiliity, Strength, Stamina), a variety of weapon skills, combat skills, defensive skills, magic skills, and several general skills (Alchemy, Healing, Bartering, etc) which causes the player to have to specialize different characters in their party with different skills in order to be effective. Your starting character will be limited by having to invest points in the "Leadership" skill in order to be able to have more party members.
Overall I have found this game to be fun and engaging and would reccomend it to any RPG gamers who enjoy having to do a bit of problem solving (thinking for themselves), and who can sacrifice modern graphics for a better RPG experience. This game didn't receive rave reviews from critics around its release date, but its easily worth $4.99.