The demo was nearly unplayable to me, unless there is something that I am missing or unless this game is just insanely difficult, but really a demo should not be released without a tutorial. Therefore the demo gives me the impression that the real game will be the same way.... aka unplayable, now I have a negative impression of a game I actually wanted to like. I don't spend hours reading about every JRPG to come out to the point where I know how to play it instantly before the demo is even out and with a battle system you need to teach the player how to use it. Even if it was a brief tutorial that would be acceptable.
I do not normally die almost instantly in a JRPG and I haven't yet seen a JRPG where you took damage while choosing the command to attack or defend, I have played many, many JRPG's and based on the demo this is probably the worst I have ever played.
I will probably spend my money on Atelier Meruru or Rune Factory PS3 instead, 2 games I know I will like.
I will give this game a chance though, and I will watch videos and read reviews when it comes out just to make sure it really is as terrible as it seems to be.
Three words: Resonance of Fate.
Had I went by the JPN demo I would have hated it, hell even initially by spending 5 hours with it (or less) most people gave up on it because of the steep learning curve, while I'll admit it isn't for all people it is one of the best RPG's I've played in years and the ONLY game I've bothered to platinum, I enjoyed it that much.
Now as far as this game, watch videos, reviews, etc. I can understand not wanting to spoil things for yourself, but it's better than having a negative opinion about something you've liked for such a long time, then walk away just because the demo blew. Trust me most demos are not representative of the final product, and I agree they should blow my socks off, but most don't for whatever unfathomable reason, that in all of my gaming years I've not understood one bit.
I said the same thing in my initial impressions of the demo, that they shouldn't have thrown you into a boss battle without any real tips on how the combat works. Once (or maybe I should say if?) you figure it out, it's very enjoyable.
A good demo can make or break sales. I played the Valkyria Chronicles demo and thought it was crap... but when I actually bought the game later on (after people wouldn't shut up about it), it ended up being one of my favorite games of this generation. This game is going to bomb hard.
Sad but true, but more than that, JRPG's just don't have the drawing power they used to have and when diehard fans get a taste of it, only to be severely soured on the brief demo exp. that doesn't bode well for it either.
I'm still getting regardless, I own crappier RPG's that got acclaim
and I hated and others I loved that got no love at all until way after the fact (my beloved Shadow Hearts series).
And I'm glad to see DoK picking it up, she's out resident critic, even though many of the games she hates, I still like regardless. ;-p