LOST ODYSSEY/After blitzing my way to roughly 45 hours in on Lost Odyssey, I realized I was reaching that nervous anticipation of "gotta see the end" and decided to give it a breather. I HATE when I get so into completing a game cause I am enjoying seeing it through that I skip content. Clearly there is A LOT of content on Disc 4. Curbing my enthusiasm to move the plot forward, I spent 5 hours questin' around and whatnot.
Almost had my enthusiasm dashed with a boss fight cleverly placed a fair distance from my last save after a terribly time consuming puzzle. Way to coax me into blowing some choice items to ensure victory. Evil design choice-LoL
What I really love thus far about the optional content is the narrative reward. Rarely do I see the pay-off of eager exploration result in such mind-blowing story development. It almost seems like a gamble of a design choice to me, because some stuff I clearly could have missed would most certainly have left me feeling a lack of closure. In short, Lost Odyssey really makes the efforts of exploration feel worthwhile to a degree I don't often experience.
@ Mesh... I don't know if you are at/near/past the start of Disc 4 yet but for the love of god, take the time to search and revisit lots o places if you are not/haven't already.
MURAMASA REBIRTH/ Hated the difficulty settings at first. Legend = invincible and chaos = retarded handicap, or so it seemed. Now I am really seeing the brilliance in Chaos mode. The scaling enemies make the ideal approach to progression based on speed and NOT leveling or fighting unneeded battles. Once I got this the pace of the game became awesome. Can't say I've really ever liked the mechanic of scaling enemy levels but it works in spades with Muramasa to keep me moving pretty swift like, I must say.
Don't think you got bad based on your description of the final fight. Easiest way to tell would be to check your trophy collection as each of the endings has a different trophy.
Yeah it was the normal one. I did the true one since.
I LOVED the contrast in the endings. One solidified Lugar as one of my favorite protags ever thanks to the freedom they give you to have things play out as you saw fit (or at least I saw fit). Brilliant scripting. Alternatively, the other ending frames Luger as a complete failure by way of the overall underwhelming tone. Both gave me the distinct sense that my choice really had some weight.
I know quite a few people had drastically different feelings about the endings but they really worked very well on different levels to me. That is, all EXCEPT the arena ending. I felt totally cheated given the time and effort it took me to get that one.