This game has taken over my life. If you like turn-based strategy games, you gotta play this (it's a little like Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn but with much better graphics). Beautiful hand-drawn-looking graphics, a great story, deep strategy, a wide selection of character types and environments all add up to a helluva game. The longer you play, the more you want to play. I can only hope they don't do a sequel because I'll never get anything done again.
I picked this up after trying the demo, and I'm glad I did. It is a solid game all around, and the good outweighs the bad for the most part. I wouldn't buy it though, and I love these type of games.
Good: - 45ish hours long, and that was steamrolling through - Graphics are beautiful (The others who say these are PS2 quality graphics are just plain wrong, or blind) - Combat. This really is the only reason to play this game, and its alot of fun. Difficulty scales well for the most part, but gets kinda luck based towards the end.
Bad: - Story. You can see the plot coming from a mile a way, very, very, VERY vanilla. Normally this would kill an RPG, but this ones tactical, and the combat balances it out. The characters in this game are also very cookie cutter with no real depth to them. Very one dimensional. - Some entire battles can hinge on one shot hitting or missing. This causes lots of save/load BS. This gets especially horrendous towards the end, where every CP counts. - Load Times are god awful. It seriously seems like it will load for 30 seconds to play a 30 second cutscene. And there are lots and lots of cutscenes, so lots and lots of loading. I even did the install to hard drive, didn't help a bit.