This is a HARD game. Take a wrong turn - get killed, take on an armed opponent without training - get killed. Blame it on the controls, but at the deep of your mind you know it is you who sucks. It was actually the first game that made me feel the great difference between initial fighting skills of my character and after I spent some points to improve his skills. The story is okay, classic "the world needs a hero" stuff, nothing very fancy, but still solid. The characters are great, and their interrelations are really interesting to follow.
The world is relatively small, but still it manages to bring up lots of breathtaking various vistas in front of you. It is truly open. however due to the difficulty level I mentioned you will unlikely get a chance to explore every area from the beginning. I think this is nice though, it helps to keep you intrigued till the end of the game.
The sounds are nice, the score is not remarkable but still ties the atmosphere together. Overall, it is one of the best action RPGs out there, and can easily stand up against the much more hyped Dark Souls series.