So yeah i've been eyeing this game ever since I got my Series. I heard good things about it and I sold my 360 right before this game came out. But I know on 360 the performance etc wasn't ideal. On the later Xbox consoles its been sound though, with minimal loading and a good framerate. If you have Gold its like 6 or 7 bucks. No reason to skip it now!
I've been playing a good few hours and I love it. Lost Odyssey takes a lot of cues from FFX, it has the same level layout and the progression is identical. The soundtrack by Uematsu is brilliant. I also like the combat. Its turn based, with some involvement due to the ring system which I like. You can craft rings that enhance elemental attack, or add poison. And releasing R2 at the right time initiates a perfect which yields better results. Kaim and Seth are immortals, which means they can't die (you do get game overs if all are wiped out, but they eventually self res if one in your party still stands). This means you don't always have to waste revive on them, but rather keep your other members healthy. Their drawback is that they cannot learn spells on their own, mortals can and they have to inherit them from mortals via skill link or use/learn(?) via accessories ala FFIX.
I was breezing through until I encountered the first boss, he curb stomped me. I had to grind a few levels and adapt (I soundly beat him at 14, by keeping Jansen alive and throwing Flares). This is an old school RPG! So lesson learnt; grind a bit in each area. I do know there is a cap. But, you won't be warped back to a save point, you just restart next to the boss and can walk away to level up first and you can skip cutscenes. At first I was frustrated as bosses seem to be far more difficult than trash mob before them but in the end there always seem to be tools around to win. For example, I was stuck at the ghost town boss, but in the end I never grinded a level, I opened the weapon shop (wtf is it hidden?) that gave me more attack power and better rings. I could win that fight suddenly. The boss before that required the Yellow band skill on the party to make it doable, and that item is found right before it. I think, after the likes of FFVII R and all I was kinda longing for a classic RPG. They don't make em like this anymore.
Story is fine. You're set on a travel to inspect the grand staff that gives great beneficial powers but recently causes havoc accross the world. I don't know if Jansen would fly in todays cancel culture though, he's kind of into the ladies. I like his banter with Seth. The game has some tear jerkers, such as
Kaim finally meeting his daughter after he thought she fell to her death, only to see she's on her death bed.
But whats really powerful are the dreams. Kaim is an ancient guy, and his curse is that everyone around him gets old and dies. So he's seen lots of shit.
All in all I couldn't stop playing, I wonder where it goes and what it has in store for me. Excellent game!