Okay, this game was just down right amazing to me, but I only had a short time playing it. If you share your Gamefly account with other(s) then you might want to consider buying this game. I had rarely any trouble, but I only got to to keep it for a matter of days. If you do NOT like facing Bosses right off the bat then you shouldn't play this. If you get angry at a game, because you die, then you shouldn't play it. It is fun if you have paitence and understand, because if your not totally great at a game, then you will get killed at least 3-4 times on the first small fragment, till then I do recommend this game.
First things first, this game is insanely hard. you die. you die a lot. But it's also insanely addicting, and every time you die, you do it mainly because you made a mistake, and you know it! so you try again...and again... and again... until you master it and move to the next series of deaths.
The foes are challenging but predictable; as are the Bosses. the loot mechanic is fairly standard in the genre and the equipment mechanic is slightly unique, with the ability to upgrade armor and weapons and apply certain properties. all in all intuitive and fun to play.
If you're looking for a game that is all about patience, skill, pattern recognition and good timing with a bit of luck and ALL challenge, you MUST play this game. Expect to be frustrated. It's not your standard RPG where you can hack and slash your way through.
The multiplayer aspect is ingenious... Being able to share messages and watch other players' phantoms pass by you is impressive... and then you learn you can summon them, be invaded by them and even invade theirs!
Its well worth the time, and well worth the money. Just make sure you schedule breaks or you'll find yourself losing the feeling in your legs when you realize its 3am and jump up!