I haven’t spent a lot of time with the game, but going just by early impressions, the atmosphere can be absolutely great – the ambient sounds, the darkness, the feel of the simulation (when it works). Like when you bump into a table, the items on top all move or the way doors swing slightly when you open them, as someone already mentioned… little stuff like that. Also, fire feels great and burning down things is as fun as ever.
I also like the level design a lot. Lots of verticality and ways to move around really appeals to the explorer in me. And I’ve heard it only gets better, so I can’t wait to see what the later, bigger levels have to offer.
The spell system is very fun to experiment with. It really feels like you’re crafting your own spells at times, even with only a handful of runes.
I think there’s a lot to like in the game and a lot of fun to be had when the game cooperates, but it’s really rough right now, so I’ve opted to wait for patches before I get back into it.