Kinda of a cool idea but the fact that troops hardly ever respawn makes it stupid hard if you make any early mistakes. Random gear, spell and mobs spawns make some games unplayable (for instance venders in my second game were loaded with mage gear, I was a warrior I ended up having to restart)
I liked this game. There was a decent story line, lots of soldier / army types and a fun exploerable enviorment. However the freeplay is limited and besides the main plot there is very little to do. I also had a few missions glitch out where I could not complete them and couldn't figure out why.
I personally had trouble getting to unlocking the abilities of the rage demon monsters and then upgrading them. By the time I beat the game none of my rage monsters had their full ability and after picking my intial rage monsters I never had the option to change them out. Magic is fun but seemed weak and limited in effect but it maY HAVE DEPENDED UPON MY CHARECTER SELECTION. I choose paladin which was supposed to be half magic and half fighter but you don't personally fight in your battles (just get bonuses for fighting troops like leadership + attack/DEF etc...) So using magic is really your only personal offesnsive weapon for your player. I did not like that but I was ok with the strategy and pace of the turn based fighting.
Probably not for everyone but it was overall fun and doesn't take forever to beat the game. Worth a go through especially if you like strategy / turn based fighting.