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The graphics are great.
The fighting mechanics add a touch of skill to every mob fight. If you time your attacks at just the right moment, You can do larger amounts of damage. This was originally thought to be a glitch, but is actually as intended.
When you are going down a hill, you can spread your wings and glide. The satisfaction of the flight mechanic hits on something no other game even tries to touch.
The PvP is vicious, and starts at about level 25.
Anyhow, yes the game is a little grindy, they actually want players to know how to play their classes before engaging them in PvP and endgame content.
OK So, the game is free, if you haven't tried it, go download it. With the dribble being fed to you with the recent titles, I know you don't have much better to do, heck you might stay.
There's also still multiple servers, which all have a population too large to allow for mergers, which means the game is healthy.
Good luck hope you give it a try.