I was the same and bought into the hype, since people say this is the best of the series.
It's amazing, however, you have to be dedicated to play the game at least a little bit every day or so. Meaning that this isn't a "play for a day then come back two weeks later" game. Also, if you mainly game at night, it'll suck, unless you change your clock settings.
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Kinda hard to tell if you'll like it, even if you do research. I thought I'd love AC, but ended up dropping the series after being bored to death by AC:WW for the DS. It's just a life sim, which seems so bland, especially when you look at the Rune Factory series, which is a farming sim, dating sim, and an action rpg dungeon crawler.