I wish I could find a review somewhere from somebody who didn't grow up with/play it when they were younger.
Just 1 person who isn't full of nostalgia and actually has a first hand opinion that's actually relevant to the majority of people looking for a review of this game.
I didn't. Let this go with a disclaimer that I haven't beaten the game.
Characters have a lot to say, which is pleasant, and party interactions can be cool. The ruleset is horrible and ancient (although I think the only CRPG that really did a modified DnD ruleset kinda well was KotoR2). The game is intensely slow; fights are slow, walking around is slow, and it can feel like a slog. The UI is kinda shit.
The best thing I can say about it is that the characters are cool and talkative, but I don't find them particularly interesting. For several of them, it feels more like seeing archetypes that I enjoy than feeling like my characters are people. The combat can be engaging, but also clunky and irritating in that way. My summation is that it's expansive, clunky, and shows it's age. I'm not necessarily sure whether I'm ready to call it bad or good yet, though; I'm divided on that front.
So I feel like the characters don't really break out of their tropes, the UI is shit, the game is sluggish in terms of traveling and fighting, I don't find the way the ruleset is used in the game to be that great, and god damn does the game feel slow. On the other hand, you do get a LOT of character interaction, which is fun, and the characters interact with each other, sometimes to the point of having to fight to the death to settle some beef. It's a large game, and the combat, while feeling slow, can also be pretty engaging at times.
My feeling is generally that it's worth a go if you feel curious, but I don't think it's the best CRPG experience you could have.