First the good points-This game has one of the coolest roleplaying leveling systems and generally awesome roleplaying in an rpg.The dialog and everything is excellent.
But that does not get rid of the fact that combat is the biggest hit or miss I have seen. Your enemy always hits you first, you always miss and fighting against anything other than humans is a match made in hell.
I have played Mount and blade, Arx Fatalis and other first person rpgs but this one has forced me to the point where I don't even want to play the game because the combat system is terrible. I can understand some first person games being hard, but this is just a crapshoot.
I think even gothic wasn't this random, and that is really sad.