Gave the game a try yesterday after launch. Definitely different. It has an old school gaming feel. Not as smooth as games like GW 2 - combat felt clunky, but its great seeing stalls everywhere and the cities really felt bustling with activity, not just people running around from A to B. Loved the constant war announcements and the bounty/capture announcements, that was pretty cool. Its kind of like if you gave Ultima Online the graphics from Aion with a Chinese theme. Don't expect great writing though, both the in-game writing and the website are clearly translated. I never did figure out exactly how skill improvement worked. Was nice getting so many skills right at the start, after only 2 hours or so I have a full toolbar.
The best part was not getting ganked. Definitely would have been ganked by that point in UO. Probably not my game, but I can see it appealing to someone looking for a UO-style sandbox.
Vaedin, retired from L2, Rift, Warhammer, AO, UO, TOR and many others.
Currently playing GW 2 as Vaedyn and Acadia Sun.