I'm the same way, Annubis. I treat items in RPGs as more precious than my character's lives sometimes...but then I just end up with a bunch of unused items.
Hahaha! THIS ^^!!! I am so guilty of it myself.
Any how, moving on, I've been absent from this thread for fear of accidental spoilage on myself (due to discussion of xilia 2) and because I really wanted to polish this title off to get to kingdom hearts hd mix before Disgaea comes out in october and takes over my life.
Ironically (with Kingdom hearts release yesterday) I happened to finish Xilia last night/early this morning.
I really hate to say it, but this title was SO bitter sweet for me. Weak in all the respects I typically adore tales games and yet while it had its strong points, those strengths were not exploited well enough to grab me in the way Tales typically does.
I really wanted to love this game. Truly I did... but it was just "hollow" feeling to me... Bland... I feel as though for the last 4 weeks or so I quite literally repeated the same dungeon night after night. Worse yet was how the regurgitated field dungeons offer very little reward for obsessive explorers such as myself baring more items to level up shops.
Secondly, I feel after having played Milla's side of things the game should not even give you a choice as to who to pick. You should have to unlock Milla or something... 3/4 of the game is just fine from her perspective but the last leg of it leaves you totally in the dark with the main plot. While I was aware of this and selected Milla anyhow, I was really not prepared for just how much you miss out on in the last stretch of of the narrative. Worse yet was how they handled "catching you up to speed" on said events so to speak. You quite literally wouldn't even know some things occurred if not for skits that all but glaze over major plot points.
While there were some other things I could certainly whine about, it is time to move on to a more positive note. The cast was great IMO. I really loved a great deal of the characters. Of particular appeal to me was Milla herself, Alvin, Agria the Shadowless and Rowen. Though a great deal of the title proved horribly forgettable to me, the memories of those four in particular will linger. This totally surprised me because I usually don't expect much out of the tales cast. Its about the gameplay to me... and I'm not even getting into that. I want to end this on a positive note.
In terms of JRPG's this title is not bad. In terms of Tales... Major fail in my book. Nuf' said.
NOTE: I know I am probably echoing some of what was already expressed in earlier posts but I had to get it out guys... I totally expected this to rival Disgaea for my personal "game of the year". And once again it wasn't bad. But Tales games are typically stellar by my measure while this was maybe a cut above mediocre in my book.