Completed the first chapter! I'm so pleased that they removed random battles from the normal realms. It was such a pain to fight enemies while wandering around the city looking for information. Naturally, this makes the dark realm battles that much more enjoyable; I actually sat and ground for a bit since I knew I wouldn't have to worry about battles for a while.
A very, very impressive game. I think I like the spear-type weapons, though I haven't done too much with the axe yet.
Additional random improvements:
- Infinite ammo - Only one ammo type (hooray!) - Summoned monsters' abilities use MAG instead of personal MP (another hooray!)