Started Tales of Vesperia for the first time ever yesterday. Man, it felt like stepping into some old shoes, in that I haven't played a solid JRPG in years. 'Twas all I played in the 90s.
I'm loving the graphics/designs, and the music is fantastic. I didn't get very far, as I had limited time to play. I'm only at the point right after you meet El.. Elissessseese(whatever her name is), and fight that nutty rust/blonde haired dude (ain't I great with names?). I like Yuri so far. Seems to be a sensible fellow. LOVE Repede. I read that Flynn is unplayable in this (Xbox) version. Hopefully I'm not missing out on an awesome fighter.
The game's opening looks like the game contains plenty of typical anime characters.. I guess time will tell on that one. As with most Tales games, combat is a blast. I'm looking forward to sinking hours into this one.
Had to get reacquainted with the static camera and save points. I've gotten so used to (spoiled by) the "freedom" of western RPGs.
That was also my initial response to Vesperia!
... After about ten hours I gave up and it's pretty solidly in my bottom five JRPGs, and also damn near killed my interest in the genre.
It's also the reason why I went with a 360 over a PS3, so I was pretty miffed for a bit, until I discovered Qute and Cave.