So, anybody else playing this game? Because if not, go buy it right now because it's AWESOME!!!!
For those who have been living under a rock, it's a medieval RPG set in 15th century Bohemia (what is now the Czech Republic). I don't normally go for games where you get given a character to play but I'm making an exception here, because it's AWESOME!!!! (did I mention that it's awesome?
It starts off very cliched JRPG - young lad wakes up after oversleeping, has to help parents with stuff, explors starting village and interacts with people, even down to the whole "starting village gets destroyed" thing, except this actually happened. It's quite cool the way they've worked your story into actual events from history, and included actual characters, and the adherence to historical accuracy was the biggest draw for me. The combat system feels clunky at first but when you get the hang of it you can do some really cool stuff - stuff based on actual real life techniques. The save system is also a bit clunky - autosave at certain points, saving only in beds and by drinking Saviour Schnapps which is really expensive but the good news is you can learn to brew your own. The alchemy system is the coolest looking one I've ever seen in a game!
The world is beautiful, the landscapes are really well made, and the buildings are really finely crafted, even down to the thatched roofs, and it's all very historically accurate. You can even learn a bit about history from it (I've learned quite a bit about Jan Hus and the Hussites).
My only real gripe is that they moved away from the beta version of "having to ask directions to places" and instead decided to do what every other modern RPG does and say "go see this person somewhere between here and Sassau!" while sticking a quest marker on the map... I HATE quest markers!
There's no magic, no monsters, no dungeon crawling, it's full-on medieval. But you can have a big sword and wear plate armour... well, you can have a longsword, which was the biggest sword around at the time. If you want hi-power fantasy stuff with crazy-fancy armour (with big pauldrons) and big FF style swords, this probably isn't for you. But if historical accuracy, realism, and medieval Europe is your thing, you won't get better than this.