This was a fun little game that I enjoyed greatly. The story is a simple one of a girl trying to come up with a way to change things in the world. The characters are entertaining, the dungeons have interesting designs and the battles are fun. It's a good start to what looks like will end up as a very epic adventure.
+Lots of hidden stuff. There's quests to find, and random stuff to use all over the place if you just explore. Seriously, just try and grab anything that looks like it can be picked up or looted, chances are good you get something from it.
+Really nice music in all the areas.
+Multiple difficulties and neat options to suit everyone. Love that you can choose types of encounters even.
+Can save pretty much anywhere, defiitely always a bonus.
+A reasonable amount of challenge without needing a lot of grinding. Even in the beginning when you suck and it may seem you can need it, this is balanced nicely with baskests that give experience to be found.
+A lot of neat character interactions.
&Especially in the beginning, gold is rather rare. This can be annoying because you don't have many skills to heal, but it also can add some challenge in having to explore and make what you use really count and to think about what you buy and find spots where you can get rest for free, etc. It also really made the point of the fact that these people are truly poor which helps really set the tone of how important Marine's quest is.
&You only get a total of four party members, so not a lot of customization, but it's also a very solid party and that helped ensure no need to catch characters up who join later or caused certain characters to be relegated to never be used.
-It is the first of a series, so while this is a fun game, it's also more of a start of a bigger story than a complete plot. It would be better to think of this as the first episode of a larger game and to keep in mind that if you enjoy this one, you'll definiely want the rest.
-At some points, it was almost too easy or too difficult. If it was hard, that was usually something I had missed, like finding a weapon for Benoit so he could actually hit for some damage, but some of the stuff that was supposed to be a challenge was far easier than I expected it to be even on the highest difficulty. So definitely don't expect an immense challenge outside of a couple of boss batles, but it's also definitely not a walk in the park unless you play on lower difficulties.
-It is pretty short, even on hard it is possible to complete under 10 hours, but a first playthrough is likely to take more around 15 hours to beat and 20 hours to find all the extras if you want all the achievements.
All in all though, I do recommend this game. It has all the right elements to make for a fun RPG