just played for about an hour, and im liking it. reminds me alot of the star ocean games. This quote on the games wikipedia page also got me excited. According to tri-Ace co-founder and R&D programmer Yoshiharu Gotanda, this game is set to contain 10 years worth of ideas that can finally be realized by the power of the Xbox 360 and that with it, "RPGs will undergo a true evolution." tri-Ace wishes to achieve this by putting the player through "situational battles" that will lead to "unknown discoveries" and cause permanent changes to the world.
i did notice that alot of the dialog is texts with no portrait to show who is talking. very bad way of doing it. After searching on the net i see this is because the japanese version is 100% voice acted while the US version is only the cutscene. This is unforgivable, why not just include the japanese audio.
anyway, i do enjoy picking up cheap rpgs when they go on sale :P