I thought the story was great. I actually read the 1sh and 2nd game stories. There are a lot of reading in the game. I can see people getting put off by it, but i didn't really mind it. The main character was really cool and the fighting was fun. the substories give you a chance to solve problems. You can upgrade gears and learn new skills. You got a lot of freedom in the game and the world is awesome. There are a ton of mini games which is nice to have. the story is good, the gameplay is fun, and the world is awesome what else do you want.
This game is really awesome! I have never played any of the previous games and this one really brings you into the story line! Game play mechanics are easy to learn...while the story line and missions still challenge you. Basically, all the substories will keep you busy for hours. Have fun with this RPG/Action Adventure! You won't be disappointed!