Paul, that is probably why you had bad impressions with the game... It\'s not an RPG. Thats the thing, it is it\'s own entire genre. You can\'t play it like an RPG waiting for random battles and magic and crap like that. This game is a toally, and better IMO, experience than EVER before. You are playing the game wrong.
It is funny how you say that though as my SonyFan friend actaully stopped playing FF9, what he calls the best FF yet, to play Shenmue for 4 stragiht days, skipping school twice, might I add, to play this masterpiece. Do\'t give up on it, that would be a big mistake.