the path you make within it is really your own.
That's what so cool about the game in my opinion. Everyone made a big deal over games like Grand Theft Auto in recent years because you could go where you wanted and do what you wanted when you wanted.
Exile has this too. Although it's slightly more constrained in Exile (by locked doors and things...) it's still there. You have to work out which things do what and why but you do it your own way and at your own pace.