It also doesn't constantly hold your hand. You can, and will die often. Especially if you go exploring off the beaten path (as you can easily run into much higher level mobs).
Did i mention it has multi-player co-op built in? Even if you choose a single player game, you still get to play two main characters, who can each have an additional henchman. (four total characters + possible summons). The interaction between the two main characters is actually up to you. They have dialog tree's which you can choose for either side. You can have one knightly character, and a second main character that argues with him. The arguments give you points in various secondary stats such as "forgiving/vengeful". It's definitely designed for two different players, but its still interesting to go back and forth between the two of them yourself.
These characters have starting classes, but can be respec'd into any role.
This was one of the happiest parts of this new gaming experience. I didn't have to start over after making some bad skill investment mistakes.
You can also toggle a top down view, if you are having trouble pivoting the camera to select something, or you want a more tactical viewpoint of the battle.
There are four main elements, earth, air, fire, and water. Various spells and items adjust and interact with these elements. Water can be frozen into ice, ice can be melted into water, water can be boiled into steam. Here's an example.
The second mage then shoots a bolt of electricity at the puddle (not the monster itself). The entire surface becomes electrifed, and everyone touching the water has to make a stun saving throw.
The final mage then fires a fire ball into the water, which evaporates some of it into steam. The steam cloud touches some of the electricity that was in the water, and forms a static thundercloud.
This type of interaction between the elements is at the core of the game play. You can use it against the enemies, and they can (and will), use it against you. (Their favorite is shooting fire into poison clouds, causing a massive explosion).
This is on top of a good back story, interaction with NPC's and various quests/puzzles, bartering, crafting...it's a really nice game.
I happened to kick starter this game a year ago, and I'm really happy I did so. I recommend checking it out if you get a chance! (hopefully they'll have a demo)