@lilman1101: That is exactly why I didn't enjoy the game. The random areas made the world feel very shallow. And the world basically being built with several long spokes instead of feeling like a massive open world bummed me out as well. The item descriptions were incredibly uninspired and often went out of their way to reference the first game in a way that built up no lore for it's own world.
I really did like some of the mechanics changes and different items they added although I wouldn't necessarily call them better, just differently good.