The game seems interesting and all, but I'm not a big fan of games that throw in characters that seem more like fan service then actually well thought out.
"We need a bad mouthed female character"
"How about we put her in undergarments?"
"You're a genius!"
Of course I haven't played this particular game so...
The game gives a wrong first impression on many levels and kaine's outfit is one of them. All I can tell you is to complete the game at least one time before passing judgement on it. And even then you won't have seen enough to fully grasp just how brilliant it is. Even the pacing of the story might seem a bit slow untill a boss fight that happens around the 10 hour mark but bare with it.
Anyway, I just finished reading the review, I agree with everything that was said. I tend to use 2 handed swords most though, they hit really hard and since the attacks are 360Âº they actually do a good job of protecting your flanks and rear despite being slow. Iâ€™m playing on normal and only died twice in actual fights, the game isnâ€™t hard at all, I wouldnâ€™t recommend the easy setting unless youâ€™re a real noob with action games.
The gameplay is pretty solid, you really feel your sword hitting the enemies and thereâ€™s a good variety of spells to use. The physics feel very good. I enjoyed the brief 2D platforming sections (think wild arms 4 for reference). Though the game sometimes throws different gameplay elements at you these sections are very brief, donâ€™t let it scare you.
Doing all the sidequests can become very tedious because there isnâ€™t a huge variety of locations and enemies but if youâ€™re going to get all the endings you can just do a few every playthrough so they become less of a chore. You can also just ignore them but some are very interesting and reveal very interesting bits of info about some NPCs and even the main characters. You also need all the weapons to watch endings C and D so doing a few sidequests will be required.
Bottom line, the awards for best soundtrack, best VA and best story as far as jrpgs of the current gen are concerned go to this game.
It can also be found very cheap, like I said I bought it new for 19.50 â‚¬.