When it comes to JRPGs, the chief question for fans always involves the voice dub. Rest assured, the original Japanese is available, but I actually preferred the English to the Japanese. The voices seemed to fit the characters better in the English track. Although the game revolves around personifying the game industry, characters show little personality. They're overly expressive during cutscenes, which is nice and one of the game's standout features. Yet, at the same time, characters cling to typical JRPG roles rather than trying to expand out into new territory. Ultimately, this isn't important to the plot - the war is the driving force here - though I wouldn't mind a more character-driven JRPG in the future.
Visuals are okay. Dungeons look bland and character models lose some of the creative touches seen in the 2D artwork that accompanies cutscenes. Character designs, however, are a bit unsettling. For the first time in, well, ever, I felt uncomfortable playing a JRPG. The cast is made up of scantily- clad females and filled to the brim with innuendo and other suggestive themes. I'm a big fan of the Ar tonelico series, so I'm not particularly opposed to the presentation. Yet, here it gets a bit out of hand - especially when younger characters enter the fold. It's nothing to get up in arms about -- it's only enough to earn a Teen rating -- but might make a few players feel, for the lack of a better word, "icky."