First impressions are important. They're the reasons we choose to continue talking to some people and not others, turn the page in a book, or decide whether something holds the value of its asking price. Like the morning weather, they help forecast what the rest of your time invested will be like. Also like the weather, they can occasionally be tragically misleading, which is where Sands of Destruction comes to mind in this writing. For a game that started out with such great footing, it surely manages to misdirect long enough just to get past that first impression before you start to feel duped.