Tales of Xillia
Doing sub-events back in Leronde after the party gets back together in Chapter 2. I've said most of what I have to say about the game at this point in the game's thread, but I do want to add a few positives and negatives. For positives, even though it's still essential to explore everywhere between every event to get all the sub-events, I do like that you occassionally get a skit to hint at where you can find a sub-event. Subquest logic in Tales games is always hookey, but at least the team seems to be taking steps to make it less so. For negatives, I have to reiterate that the field areas are shit. They just feel so lifeless compared to Graces or even Vesperia's, etc. world maps.
Yeah, I gave in and started playing through the PS3 version I picked up. My memory may not be that great, but even I notice just how much more stunning this game looks on the PS3 than it did on the 360. However, I don't remember the game being nearly this difficult. Monsters taking out a third of my HP in one turn (and that's if I successfully block) with no real efficient way of healing just seems kind of unfair. I'm hoping just because I've played this game before I'm not taking enough time to level up and have just found myself under leveled.
Star Ocean 3
As is probably not surprising after seeing this list, I haven't really been playing as much of this as I would like. I'm currently only in the Aqueducts and still having a hard time getting readjusted to the combat.
Good call on Xillia with respect to getting "Side Quest Skits". Those are awesome, especially for a series that's traditionally made those easy to miss.
Eternal Sonata will be a test of figuring out that defense button to be sure. But between the beautiful music, scenery pornography (it's real purdy), and a challenging battle system It was totally a title I put off for waay too long.
Star Ocean 3 is just a hard game. Period. Getting used to the battle system is one of the best things you can do because the game loves do you up the bum on a regular basis. It gets better, slightly, when you can finally create items, but the game also sports some nasty dungeons.
I had to wait 2 hours for a 3 minute appointment. I made a dragon, a unicorn, a cellphone, a kiwi, a rhino, and some other cool beans.