The design of this game is crafted around a central hub. It's not difficult to return there, but this game challenges you with figuring out when enough is enough. Items remain in your inventory after death, so even in death you can advance. As long as you aren't running around with a huge stockpile of souls, the only thing you really risk here is your own life. And, the game has engineered several great multiplayer functions to give you it back.
I am a big fan of Monster Hunter, and this game has a very similar feel. Both allow for equipment improvement by way of items from slain foes. However, this game vastly improves upon the combat system. I spent quite a while trying to master the heavy soldier combat, only to discover that an entirely new experience awaited in magic and stealth combat.
If you enjoy learning through an experience, then you should definitely try this game out. But, if you are prone to fits of frustration, and don't want to see the overall picture, then maybe this isn't for you.
when i saw this, it looked so stunning. i rented it and it is. the one problem is that there is no checkpoint, and that's not a problem, if there were a chance to save. in a long level, you have to get through it without saving, checkpoint and if you die, its game over and you have to start at the beginning. that is very annoying. so i don't know how the story line is or how good character development is but it is just ridiculous how they don't allow you to save your progress. i give it a 7 just because i have no right to say about the story, all i can say it is awesome with the visuals but horrible on saving.
The biggest challenge in this game is to keep going! After spending much effort in getting to the climax of the level, if you unfortunately don't survive the boss fight - you arrive at the beginning of the level with half your health and everything the same as if you did nothing at all! So you are constantly re-doing every action you just did! Since variability in enemy spawns is minimal you merely do everything the same way except try not to die at the end...
A good concept and a good company ... but I found myself constantly replaying the same 20 mins over and over again. I wish I didn't BUY this!