So you gave up too fast.
Me on the other hand have been playing this for many many hours and I'm not done yet. I have to get at least one character to fall in love with me before I put this away. Or all of them LOL
I enjoyed the story, which is themed around ppl learned to respect each other an get over prejudices. Of practically ALL sorts. A lot of difference, a lot of exciting skills and you decide the pace a lot yourself, if you get impatient with fighting you pick up the story line or the other way around.
The chars are well described and I like them all. I like the hotness of the chars of course and imagination gets carried away as you try to figure out who will end up together.
The shops have interesting choices, some more than others. I would like a greater span, but hey, that's just me. There are still enough possibilities to strengthen your character with equipment of all sorts, and the levelling system is sweet.
To put it short, this is a game you have a lot of freedom in, to make the chars much as you like them. And the story is good.
Now I'm off to bed to have sweet dreams about me and Amukiki behind the elven village by the lake. Don't wake me up.