I thought the characters were worse than...Star Ocean 4 and that's saying something
Hey man... No. Not that.
Shame you couldn't get into it- hopefully the next one works for you. I really liked the combat system (but then again, I don't mind menus. I even enjoy turn-based combat when it's well done).
Ok, that was under the belt. I like turn based and real time combat but fusing the two into ATB never clicked with me, it does nothing you couldn't convey in a completely turn based system with no arbitrary action bars filling up.
I didn't mean it to be an insult- In general I don't like ATB systems, but FFXIII's works with me in a way VII's or others never did.