"an annoying grind that's playable" would be a perfect description for this. I don't think I've ever finished another game that bored and annoyed me to this extent. at no point does this product ever rise above mediocrity, but it successfully manages to fool the player into thinking that something better is coming. ouch, this combat is awful, but it'll probably get better if I get better gear and familiarize myself with the mechanics. ouch, these dialogs and fetch quests are awful, but maybe the story will get interesting later. well guess what, the proverbial dragons never came, and your enjoyment will hover around the "meh" until the very end. I sincerely wish for these devs to never work on another project again, because they clearly learned nothing from their past mistakes (in case you don't know, it's the same studio that brought us such "masterpieces" as Bound By Flame, Mars: War Logs, and The Technomancer).