Dragon Age: Origins might fit the bill. The combat is similar, but the levels aren't nearly as big or open as FFXII or Xenoblade. If you get it, make sure to get the Ultimate Edition since it comes with all the DLC.
It doesn't really matter that it attacks the brain "first," it shouldn't even reach it because it has to reach the brain through the bloodstream, and if it's not causing any damage in the brain, it means it's being eradicated before reaching the brain by the host immune system. I just find this to be more than a bit unbelievable; the first immune human ever and you're going to cut her up? It flies in the face of any sort of logical thought process.[/URL]
It does seem a bit flawed. Course, a mushroom virus that turns you into a zombie-esque freak is a tad outlandish itself.
so would i possibly enjoy DA2 if i never played the 1st one? i tried to get into mass effect but i wanted the melee combat from kotor and its mainly guns.
You might, since the main plot is largely unconnected, but the world and the characters draw a lot from the backstory and lore established in the first game, so I would recommend getting the ultimate edition of Dragon Age: Origins first.
I have a question: Is true that during the development of Suikoden III the creator of the series (don't remember the name) left the project and the franchise entirely for some problems he had with Konami in those days?
That had long been a rumor, but it turns out he had planned from the start to go freelance after 10 years, according to an interview he did in 2009.