@ProfessorEss: I'm playing that game right now - its SOOO good! And I was one of those fans of the original games that dismissed it at the time based on the demo. Thinking of creating a thread to show case some of my vehicles to encourage more people to try it out.
Its a port of the ps2 game although it is quite a good port. Having said that though there is a more recent tales game in the form of Tales of Vesperia for the 360. It depends on how much of a big rpg/tales fan you are. I will warn u though the protagonist is a dick for the first half of the game. He does develop quite well however and it is interesting to see his growth throughout the game. Its a very, very long game as well btw.
@phrali:I fell into the trap of buying into the hype when Oblivion came out. I learnt a harsh lesson the day it came out: I do not like Bethesda games.
Even games I don't enjoy (e.g. COD) at least I can understand why people like them. With Bethesda games I just don't understand
-Compard to the Souls Series, chronicles of riddick (first person combat) the comabt is awful, floaty and feels fake
-the world feels sterile and 'americanised'. Like bioware games the characters speak with pleasant northamerican/canadian accents. Now compare that to the Witcher series which feels dark, gritty and real
Pretty much the only thing I can see they have going for it is a big open world. But I'm one of those people who would prefer a smaller, more tightly designed world. You seem to be one of those people like me.