Conclusion: I cannot in good conscience recommend this title to any fan no matter how thirsty they are for a new title in this genre. Wait till it comes down in price or spend your cash on a proven title if you don't own it.
Pros: Powering up your mages to ridiculous levels is fun until you realize there isn't anything worth the added power and your other units have become tactical cover.
Cons: If you don't hate the main character after the first few minutes it's most likely because you are a douche also. Whether you think that is a negative or not is subjective.