This is all true. And the main thing that bothered me (and it's why I've not gone back to it) is that it's damn easy. If you end up with a certain monster or the perfect team, you can breeze through the game. And the fighting system isn't exactly full of depth. Other things that I didn't like about it is that there's not enough secret things or huge grand bosses. There is a post main quest sidequest chain that apparently which ends up in a weird weird way but I've not gotten that far due to my lack of motivation to do any more. I do like the bounty hunt but when it's just reskins of existing monsters or bosses... hurr. Things that I did love were the open world and music. The music by Joe Hisaishi is grand and fits the mood quite well. It gives it that Ghibli polish. The music for exploring the open world makes me hard. I love open worlds since it gives that sense of freedom and excitement. I wanna discover wee pockets of adventure and cool shit. It reminded me of DQ8 which had the same feel. --- In other news, on top of all my other games I've got to play on PC (South Park, replay DS2, ME3, Baldurs Gate 1 & 2 enhanced edition), I just ordered Professor Layton Azran and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Time to get the 3DS back into action!