So far, I am pleasantly surprised how fluid and engaging a full party multiplayer run is. Even though it is turn-based, when each player can individually control their character, and nobody has to control a NPC, the game goes so fast it's almost like real-time, at least until it gets to the opponent's turn. Then we get the full turn-based experience. I now GREATLY prefer playing this game with a full multiplayer party due to the fluidity that it allows in battle. I hope they create an option in single player to allow AI controlled party members so that I can have a similar single player experience and therefore still get the full enjoyment of what NPC relationships and side quests provide.