Actually I'm with you dashrier. I loved it at first then it got really old, really fast. Repetitive is the word I think of when I hear Radiata Stories, but that is to be expected since it is a button masher. The art style is great and I loved recruiting everyone. But with a cast so huge, character development takes a back seat. Also I too hated the lack of save points. The game does get a plus though for being able to see the different weapons and armour equipped.
lol go kick elwen or gerald then let me know how that button mashing works out for you. i personally think radiata stories is like valkyrie profile in that at first the battle system seems simple but theres some depth to it if you spend enough time with it. latter enemies wont just sit there and let you swing at them and will break your guard. plus im sure in most peoples first playthrough they will never get any skills other than luck plus. anyways this thread reminded me how annying people that play rpg's just for story can be at times XD