I haven't played a D&D like RPG since the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale games. Although these don't exactly follow traditional D&D rules, this is a non-stop, intriguing game with an engaging story line, that is if you want to follow the story line. I started out by raiding caves and dungeons I found to build up experience points and learn about the game. The visuals are stunningly beautiful, especially at sunrise in the wilderness. I can't believe how big this game is, and how it can be sold for it's price. It's worth double it's selling price at least. Supposedly, it includes two expansion packs according to the description, but I only got one CD, and that CD at startup doesn't indicate that there are any expansions or that this is a GOTY addition, but the CD art does say that this is a GOTY. I wish I had the documentation for this game, I guess I'm going to have to buy it! It's locked up on me twice, but the CD isn't in mint condition and maybe that is why. Saving often is highly recommended. One small point though, when riding a horse, it would be great to be able to shoot a bow or swing a sword from that horse...you have to get off the horse to engage in combat, but this only affects wandering monsters in the wilderness. Most fighting is done in dark and scary dungeons. The detail in this game is so immersive. A great, modern version of Baldur's Gate.