I just can't get into this game no matter how hard I try
Too much stuff bugs me.
Playing on PC, with XBox controller.
First off, nVidia issues. Looks like it's gonna take ages to get a driver to fix this. Mine seems to be working ok now, I run it from a shortcut on desktop, but man after installing it it was crashing like crazy, especially when adjusting graphics options. This is a recent issue, because I bought the game ages ago and had 0 technical issues back then. Just re-installed recently to give it another crack (with gamepad).
Next up, battle rank / level up system.
The game actively encourages going back to earlier areas to complete quests / fetch components, but punishes you for doing so? The more enemies you kill, the higher your battle rank gets, the harder the enemies get. This is not a huge issue, but it means that if you grind lots early-mid game, you will be a high battle rank before opening up all union slots, and when you recruit new people, they will all be massively underpowered compared to your main group, and very difficult to level up..? It can also make boss fights very difficult, if you levelled up lots, but have weak weapons for your rank.
Next up, skill system.
I am quite far into disc one, yet still my whole party has 0 interesting skills. You start off with a single target attack. You learn another single target attack, with a slightly different attack animation. Next ability -> same. And the next. WTF? Same for every weapon class too. It's boring as hell, I would be literally falling asleep during battles, if not for the critical button presses.
Next up, party member customisation.
If you wanna upgrade your allies, you have to spend ages researching what monsters drop which components, and where to go to get them. You then spend ages grinding. And if you add someone to your party later on, WHY can't you simply GIVE them components??? It's really annoying to be forced back to an early area to farm a component for a nw party member, when you have over 9000 of them sitting in your inventory doing nothing...
Next up, main character options.
I cannot swap weapon type on my main character without gimping him. I basically have to pick something, and stick to it, otherwise it will take forever to learn and improve abilities.
Next up, AoE abilities.
Why can I not simply select an area of the battlefield to cast a spell on? Most of the time, any AoE spell I have (I only have one atm btw), misses practically everything, whilst enemy AoE abilities tend to wipe 50% hp off my entire army...
What is the point of basic soldiers? I can just stack my army full of unique leaders which are far more powerful.
Why is the skill level up system so hidden? I have no idea which weapons / weapon styles give which skills, I have no idea how many times I need to use them to rank them up.
Why does almost all the AP in battles get given to the first character? My union leaders have rank V skills, but the rest of the group has rank I-II... Must I manually move my unions around every 15mins or so, so that everyone gets to level up their skills equally?
The story is the only saving grace of this game. It seems really interesting (mainly because you have no idea WTF is going on though)...
How do you guys keep playing this game, despite all the obvious flaws?
Is the story worth putting myself through all the boring / random / luck based battles and wiki research....?