I can very much see why so many people are saying that it emulates a video game now. It really does. So far, though? I gotta say I’m digging the changes a lot – especially for casters. Gone are the days of only being able to cast 3 spells per day at first level. Now you have “at will,” “per encounter,” and “daily” spells.
As far as the whole “you need miniatures” thing? Yeah, you kinda do. I already have a battle map and a box of plastic minis, and if I run out of those I have a whole jar full of change. Problem solved.
I’m digging it, and I am very excited to take it out for a stroll with my gaming group.