The base game is free Darc, you got nothing to lose. Though it gets significantly better with the expansions in terms of storytelling (aka they drop the portrait dialogue style).
I downloaded the base game last night. Seems okay so far. Character creator was pretty in depth. I played the first game waaaayyy back in the day. Honestly even if I don't like it, I may buy it. Don't think I'd have the free time for it either way. I stopped playing MMOs because it was basically the MMO or everything else I could play.