I don't usually write reviews, but this game is so bad that I felt inspired to write one. I hope to save some people a few bucks. I know there are alot of good reviews out there on this game. I am baffled by that. I have to believe that those people did not play the whole game. I believe they must have only played the first couple of monsters. Because up to that point, the game was somewhat acceptable. And the nice visuals might have overwhelmed them. But if they continued playing they would find that this game violates almost every rule of good gaming - and some that I didn't even know could be violated. It does have a couple redeeming qualities: It looks good; and it has some cool monsters. But that is where it ends. The game play is awful, the navigation is awful, the controls are awful, the repetitiveness is awful, the map is awful, the story is awful, and the ending is awful. The game kept taking me to new heights of aggravation. If the controls and navigation had been good, then the game would have taken about 5 hours to beat. So it feels like they intentionally made the controls and navigation bad so that it would take longer to finish the game. That is a bad mistake. I would rather have had fun for five hours, than aggravated for 20 hours. I could write a book about all the flaws in this game, but to save time, let me just focus on one issue as an example: The Navigation. The game gives you three tools to help with that: A sword (which points to your destination), a horse (to travel on), and a map. All three of them suck. The sword points you in a general direction, but once you get close, or get in the mountains, or the woods, it fails. It usually leads you to a location where you have a few choices (like go left around the mountain, go right around the mountain, or go down a path thru the mountain). There is nothing telling you which path to take, and usually taking what looks like the logical path does not get you there. And in fact takes you a long way that often ends in a dead end, where there is no way to go but back out the way you came so you can try another option. Its like getting thru a maze without an overhead view of the maze - because the map is worthless. I have never seen such a worthless map. And on top of that, navigating back out thru the woods or thru the mountain on your horse is painful because the controls while riding the horse are so terrible. I often found myself quitting the game and restarting from the staring location, just so I wouldn't have to navigate back out and circle back around on the horse. I could go on and on about other flaws in the game. But I hope this gives you a sufficient taste. I post this bad review because it is getting so many good reviews, and I hate so see game developers encouraged to keep producing bad games. So if you are considering this game, please be sure to read other review out here. I'm not the only one trying to warn you. Good luck, and enjoy your (other) gaming!