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This game certainly shows the markings of where Mass Effect and other BioWare RPG's came from. The gameplay mechanic in this game is fairly solid and after one realizes that this is not a brawler the pertinence needed for battle becomes more apparent. That is not to say though the battle system is deep, in fact far from it. I found myself utilizing 2-3 basic moves and attacks the entire game.
I was also very disappointed by the scope of the game. The game takes place in a very linear fashion through several "dungeons", but the grander concept of the world is completely lost. You have no idea of scope and in fact you only visit a couple of towns in the entire game.
It is worth the play through if you want to do it quick, but it is not the grand masterpiece that some of Bioware's other products.
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