If you're looking for graphics, this is a one stop game. The environment breaths, the city is full of life, everything about it just seems so damned realistic, for a video game. It's not a huge game, you're stranded on an island but if you have a computer that can handle it with max settings (and I imagine by now most people should have at least that) then it is quite a world to explore. The island is not very large if you're comparing it to some online mmorpg or something, but in the single player context this game rocks. It is not pushover easy like Fable/Fable 2, this game is very very difficult if you choose to attack the wrong creatures at the wrong time. I make frequent use of save/load in the middle of a battle (this can get you in trouble sometimes when you have no chance to defend as the game loads) but when you finally kill whatever it is you're after the feeling of accomplishment is so much greater than mowing down hordes of enemies that barely block your attacks. Simple tips depending on what you choose: Go the bandits? Get your lockpicking to 2 asap, pickpocket to 1, sword skill and strength after that. Regardless of your skill you can always use a bad ass crossbow with your strength and it's very important. Once you get to the point you can wield bastard swords in one hand and a shield in another (level 6) then you can spend your points on whatever you want. Go the magic route? Concentrate on one spell, make it as best as it can get, doesn't really matter which you choose. Go to the inquisition? Kill someone randomly with a better staff and use it, then learn everything you can, concentrating on what you think you'd like the most. Monsters: These fuckers are tough, they will not idly sit by as you kill them. They make a valiant effort to stay alive every second of the battle. If you are holding your block key too long, the AI realizes that and is waiting for you to take your finger off the block key. You have to be crafty and learn the monsters' moves in this game. The monsters are a pain sometimes, but what is really tough is fighting other human characters (which you only mainly do in the Don's storyline) and that takes practice depending on what your weapon skill is at that time. Pay close attention to how the characters explain your abilities as you level them up. Then, enjoy the beautiful world that is Risen.