I actually should have typed this up a while ago, since I finished the game at the end of August. But I was lazy then and more inspired now, after listening to the soundtrack on repeat a few times.

So in short - good turn-based JRPG with a focus on character interactions, but with two big drawbacks. One, the prologue is quite boring and the character interactions in it don't make up for it (especially if you have issues with it, which I will explain below under the cut). Two, the game ends decently well but leaves a very big hook/cliffhanger for the sequel, which is a bummer for non-Japanese-speaking fans since the other games in this series have not been localized. This game, otherwise known as Sora no Kiseki FC, is the first chapter in a trilogy. The second I believe is a sequel that starts almost immediately after the first game, while the third is a little bit later. Recently, a fourth game in the series that is also not involving FC characters was released in Japan. Translation and porting has been an issue since these games are huge and XSEED was not going to deal with the dual UMDs of Sora no Kiseki SC.

Overall I recommend it - battle mechanics are solid, music is good enough, plot is interesting and develops nicely once you are past the prologue (about 5 hours for me). If you aren't ready to invest 40+ hours into the game and try it for at least 5 hours then it's probably not for you. If you hate lots of dialogue this isn't for you. If you hate unresolved endings this is DEFINITELY not for you. Unless you know Japanese, then get all 3.

Now for spoiler-filled reasons for other little things that bothered me, which are more YMMV. )
Got quite a bit further into the game (into Chapter 2 now, 15-ish hours) while on vacation and the game is picking up, but somehow feels more of a slow burn than I expected. Compared to Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume and Crisis Core, this game feels long.

Anyway, spoilers so hiding under a cut...
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In other news, I am replaying FFXII along with the LPer HCBailly. This game is freaking long and doing it completion-style is probably a terrible idea. But it is kind of fun doing what he's doing and hearing the commentary. I'm not sure I'd follow along in other games with "MMORPG" feel because sometimes I have to watch exactly how he moves on the map or get lost, whereas I don't think I'd be as lost in other games.

>>Holy crap! While looking up names, I saw on wiki that Joshua Bright is voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch. No wonder the voice seemed lower than expected. Also Scherazard's Sadist Whip attack is freaky with that voice. Gives me the shivers...
minor spoilers for LoH:TitS )

In other news, I'm a little further in Lost Odyssey as well and the queen Ming has one weird outfit. I know JRPGs try to put the sexy and the colorful together, but seriously she's in a leotard with a higher upper cape that stops waist-level and this low cape thing that starts around her buttcrack area and then armor-plate leg wear that is super thick around her thighs then skin-tight at her lower body. Like a dress with some midriff cutouts would make hella more sense and be just as "sexy". The sad thing is this outfit makes her so ridiculous that I can't take her seriously. I've only gotten so far as to meet her so I don't know her character well at all, but the distraction...

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