A deep, engrossing and complex mix of role playing and strategy.
If you simply want an addition to the original, this might be a disappointment. If you want the thrill of a completely new gaming experience that draws you in and keeps you wondering what will happen next, this is your game.
I'll admit, I was excited about exploring the north of the original map, but I've played the first game enough that I would have gotten bored. This is gearing up to be a long lasting gaming experience, just like the first one.