All of the major criticisms for the title are justified, but overall it's a wonderful experience worth every RPG-ers time I think:
= Battle system is *somewhat* simple; or rather, it's great but that LITTLE bit more would have made it *amazing*. It is Grandia; but I think the length/scope of that title (as opposed to the 15 hours here) may be one way the roots don't spread further.
= The rhyming is good, but not always easily understood. Either some bad rhyming or inconsistent timing. Sometimes it can be a little distracting too, but my reading level barely lets me read books all the way through). Still, it makes reading a lot of fun, and I love the occasional joke or pun. I'm surprised how well they can make a rhyme fit; and the dialogue has a surprising ton of wit.
= I *love* the OST. But it does suffer a bit from what Kirby: Epic Yarn does... it's a bit *TOO* soft and lullaby-ish. Nevertheless, that's *hardly* a criticism for how beautifully the tunes are composed and wonderful the melodies are (and when it needs a bit more 'oomph' it delivers). And I do love the boss and battle theme too.
= The art is perfect. Fucking Ubisoft, of all big brands right now, spun out a fairytale JRPG and nailed the look and the mechanics so wonderfully. Between the animated battle animations to the in-motion close-up portraits, the team did a great job bringing this game to life.
= Free flying is awesome..
= Big question I'm already asking: Will there be a sequel??