I agree. I'd sworn off GP for a long time before Allods released. The game just looked too good for me to not try it. I'd sworn them off because I know how most of their games turn out. Generally, they do okay, but they're almost always heavily CS dependent to do anything.
Aika looks to be different, however. I'm going by other versions of course. Where the CS doesn't really directly effect gameplay. Well, it does, but definitely not to the extent that Allods is turning out to be. It's generally minor things that I could really care less about. There's nothing about the Aika CS that will make you exceptionally over powered to my knowledge. Things that will give you and edge is fine. Things that gives you a clear advantage is not.