@Geoffers747 - It appears this game’s system is a bit unique compared to even those older titles. It boasts that min/maxing isn’t priority and made a lot of different decisions on things like crafting and stat points. I myself haven’t played them before and only know CRPGS from a hand full of old Japanese titles, and the divinity series.
I can definitely attest that the game is frustrating at certain points. I’m really making the effort to try to enjoy this title for what it is though. The new patch seems to want to help those of us who don’t want to play in a gigantic party and cater to those wanting to solo or only use a few characters. With those changes in mind I’m going to try to do a complete run on Easy with only 2 or 3 characters.
The reddit seems like a pretty good resource as there seems to be a lot of people who have already broke the game in terms of finding all the min/max tricks.
I think it will be a game that I probably only ever beat on easy due to the the investment this sort of game takes in terms of time, and learning. If I really enjoy it I may learn to master it and then venture into the higher difficulties. I’m thinking that my first complete playthrough of the game will probably get into the 40 hour range due to reading everything and exploration.