I finished the first planet and I'm now loving it. I thought the game was going to be a bag full of half-assed Bioware sidequests (as opposed to normal, good Bioware sidequests), but once the whole map was uncovered, I saw it all as one area, and knew how everything tied together, and it didn't feel like random nothing anymore. I could vividly remember the one main plot as I looked back on each section. I actually backtracked to finish all of my previous quests, when I had been skipping them out of apathy.
I thought this formula was not going to work as I played the first 5 levels, but it panned out beautifully. My anima probably needs more than 3 days to fully charge anyway ;)
A group of three (me being a lvl 9 Consular) trying the Esseles FP was so much fun, but we could not beat Ironfist after 5 tries. He always had like 5% hp when we died. Beating him has consumed my thoughts today.