And perhaps Iím at a disadvantage after having played so many versions of this game already, because some things about the game are grating on me at this point. Donít get me wrong, I still think itís a beautiful, creative game. Itís just that some of the things that were minor annoyances are pretty big ones now. The traditional Japanese music is lovely, and very zen-like. But sometimes itís so calm and soothing, I feel like Iím being lulled to sleep.
The speech sounds seem a little outdated at this point as well. Each person has their own ďWah-wahk, Wah-wahkĒ kind of repetitive sound that plays while you read their speech bubbles, in an attempt to make it sound like theyíre talking without having to actually record a bunch of speech. Itís quite aggravating for most characters (pretty much the only time I thought it was cute was for the adorably squeaky "mouse god" voice, and that little guy only shows up once in the game.) It makes me want to skip through the text, even though this is an RPG, and that sort of thing is a bit important. Speaking of skipping, a major trophy in the game should be getting through that opening story sequence. You canít skip it, and you canít speed the text up. This happens several times throughout the game as well, when itís decided that you must read whatís happening (and listen to the annoying speech sounds) and you canít be trusted to not skip through it.