Reviving this topic because I bought this game and have played a few hours and I was ready to give up on it, but this topic has given me new insights so I'm ready to go into it again with fresh eyes!
My thoughts so far:
The CC is sublime. All games with CC should have similar body options! I also love that you were able to create your own main companion.
This game allows for some good moments, like when you climb onto the back of big monsters and manage to get onto their head and pummel down on them is just so good. You also get such a rush when you defeat a giant or chimera. This game is teaching me not to run away and be a (sensible) coward.
Still...I feel like the game is not super great at explaining the details. It took me a while to figure out that summoned pawns do not level up, and that I cannot reload manual saves. I think all of the information is there, it's just hidden behind menus and I don't think it's in the manual either? I also didn't realize what the port crystal was for until I read this topic ("but doesn't this make sense if you read the description?" True, but I thought this was a rare item that couldn't be reused so I was very stingy with it.) So far I haven't been able to find a quick button for opening the map, which is a small thing but definitely a pet peeve. Perhaps it's just me being used to similar games approaching these matters in different ways, but I'm not always too fond of it. I know this game has a learning curve, it might just not be the appropriate learning curve for me to have fun with it.