Thanks for the early second opinion Quanrian. Think I'll wait till it hits the bargain bins
I am actually not even close to done. I am actually going to do a sort of mini-guide once you compile all my posts. There is a massive amount to this game. You literally cannot judge this game fully until you've put in... at least 20 hours. At nearly 10 hours I am barely scraping the icing off the cake. At this point I will say even at 100$ I can get my money's worth out of the game because it only keeps getting better. The armor, spells, just about everything improves, heck even the voice acting improves to some degree once you have a broader scope of the full cast.
I would not say this is bargain bin bad, it's just marimite and if you never touched the first one because you were either scared off or thought that made you clever (only buying mainstream crap) than dont bother with the second. Games like this will never score more than a 7.5 because not enough people will enjoy them but it does not mean they are not worth investigating on your own. Also, keep in mind people tend to exaggerate to great lengths about things they personally dislike, especially after they feel they 'wasted' money. Overall, I will do my best to offer a even handed review that can easily ignore the antiquated scoring system and let you decide based on the facts, not some arbitrary number I accumulate from a swayed bias.
I am not saying Duke is wrong either (just premature), though I know it comes off like that. In all seriousness though I have been playing these types of Action RPGs for years and have a wealth to compare it against, while Duke has only recently gotten into non-turn based RPG (credibility issues...) so his expectations are going to be slanted and unrealistic in a lot of ways. I mean for christ sake he compared it to Mass Effect on multiple occassions, which is a massively funded title... It's like going into a FPS after playing a 3rd person shooter and complaining that you cannot see behind you all the time...
Anywho, I do thank Duke for at least getting people to look at the game, even if it was through a kneejerk response. I do hope the time I put into the game and the experiences I share will add up to more than just people thinking it's just s*** and they should avoid the title because everyone else tells them so. Think for yourself people, you might just surprise yourself and like something other people do not.