This game is really cool. It's definitely dated in the looks, but it's a great game. I like that the quests are both cool and short. I was originally running out of gold to fix/buy things a lot. Then I started finding hidden places and collecting everything there to sell. Especially the signet things that you put into weapons and armor. I sell all lesser ones automatically.
I'm not sure about alchemy or crafting yet. There is a lot of bullshit there.
also, there are way too many cut scenes. If you are going to play this on the toilet at work or beside your husband in bed, have headphones.