I bought a boxed copy of this game on ebay years ago, and I just put it in for the first time. Not only am I annoyed that I'm stuck with one character, like DW1, but when I finally get someone else, I can't control them! That Healie thing or whatever never heals when it needs to. And if it's not healing, it should just block! I can't even use it to heal myself outside of battle. That boss in the first tower keeps killing me so quickly because Healie won't heal...and I do have the sword of malice along with the best armor that I can buy at that point in the game. DW3 worked so well with PLAYABLE characters. What the hell did they do? As I read more about the game, I hear that once you finally have your full "party" that you only control the main character? Be honest with me, is it a huge pain in the ass? Does the AI suck then as well?
Go Army Xbox 360 Gamertag/Playstation Network - Dethmetal42
I've never been able to get the AI to work great, myself, but it generally at least works fairly decently other than for Cristo's affinity for Beat/Defeat and the fact that it's pretty much impossible to make use of some of the more useful buffing spells (like Bikill), because the AI just never uses them. It's perfectly possible to go through the majority of Chapter 5 without any of the magic-users in your party, though. This really isn't a difficult game by any means. However, you will want to take a healer with you to most of the boss battles, and offensive magic can help immensely against some of the earlier bosses in Chapter 5 if you're at a low level when taking them on.
I don't think I've ever played this without the game genie code to turn off the AI. Well other then when it first came out for NES. But yea I dont know what they were thinking. Why would we not want to control our characters? Really doesnt make sense to me.