As they say, to each their own :)
For instance, I prefer Fallout 2 over FO1.
And I consider Underrail to be a wonderful gem. Flawed here and there - but overall it's magnificent. I guess 'flawed gem' describes it for me - with the emphasis on 'gem'.
I really like 'stealth' games (or, really, any game with viable stealth; not necessarily designed just for it). Game like (ofc) Thief, Stalker, Invisible Inc. The Fallouts. Even Far Cry 2 has viable stealth (despite what the bro-gamers say).
Underrail has excellent stealth. It is far from overpowered - unlike in FO, where with high stealth I can basically let enemies walk over me and not see me; in Underrail, it's 'just' a tool in your arsenal. Even if you build you characters around stealth, you are still going to have a tough (to impossible) time sneaking around the hard places. It provides a very satisfying stealth challenge.
I'm finding a stealth + psi + throw build to be very good so far.
Since I prefer steatlh, it isn't likely I'll ever replay and build a 'tank', or similar. But from the looks of it, a tank build is just another one of many possible viable and playable builds.
And that's one of the great things about Underail - it allows many playstyles, while not letting anyone just become a 'master of them all'. Even for my current 'psi build', I can only train in two of the three psi disciplines. Can't have everything - and that's a plus.
It's also got a great world to explore. I've spent hours and hours just exploring - before getting on with my quests. Lots of fun (if you like that sort of thing).
I like the pacing and don't consider it to be slow at all. On the other hand, it could be called a 'slow burn', like a stick of incense rather than a flash-fire. Long time to build and play out. It's one of the things I like about it.
So yeah, if you need a faster-paced, shorter, game - then be forewarned and consider this game carefully. If you like long-steadily-building games, this might be a great fit for you.
Post edited January 31, 2016 by Martek