Reading through that review, it seems like what is harped on is the lack of hand holding for quest guidance and inventory purchases (ie just a lack of modern conveniences)? The combat knock sounds reminiscent of how Neverwinter Nights/Dragon Age play out for combat... so hopefully there's a PC demo to give it a try. Sounds like it'll be a love/hate it reaction depending on how much convenience you expect in an rpg these days.
Definitely waiting for a Steam sale and some forum reviews before really giving it a go as 50 is way out of line for it from the sounds of it (15-20 hours of play for an RPG? And doesn't sound like too much replay value either)