Let me preface this by saying, I hate most jrpg's. Final Fantasy IV and Pokemon Red are the only JRPG's(if pokemon qualifies) I've really enjoyed!
So Brad spent a lot of time talking this game up and it's made me really curious, I've watched plenty of gameplay and checked out the demo but I'm still not sure if I'll end up beating this or playing 5 hours and then never touching it again. So I have a couple questions I was hoping some of you who have played it a good amount of time could answer.
1. How big of a role do the Pokemon mechanics play in the game, can you capture any type of monster you run into or is it only specific monsters?
2. With these "familiars" do you basically focus on one familiar and the rest are just sort of support? In all the gameplay I've seen it seems like everyone uses the orange dude with the sword and shield, veggy mite?
3. How quickly does the game pick up, if it doesn't hook me fairly quick I probably won't even bother to play it.
I like the Miyazaki films, particularly Princess Mononoke, which I've seen a lot of influence from that in No kuni, but I also wonder how spread out are story beats, cinematics and boss fights? Is it like most JRPG's where you spend a dozen hours just flubbering about finding your way and finally you get to fight a boss and see some story related content or is it tighter than that?