Playing the demo on xbox.
Game is going to be a lot of fun if you liked the 1st one.
I picked a female mage.
They throw you into combat right away. This probably isn't as good looking as some of the great looking PC rpgs out there but the visuals are much improved. The combat animations are really great as well. More awesome voice acting already.
One change in the gameplay I like is when you select a spell or whatever in the radial menu it doesn't close automatically, so you can switch to the next character and choose something instead of having to repause.
After you play a brief battle they take you to character modification, which doesn't work for the demo.
up close the character models look about the same, maybe a bit better, but the major uplift is in the detail of the environments. much better looking.