I loved this game. Although after playing the first one and getting used to it's card based fighting system, it changes in origins, not better not worse just different. It didn't take very long to get the hand of the battle system at all, maybe about 10 fights. The story is great. It shows what happens and gives more substance to "Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean". This is a really fantastic beautiful game and anyone who owns a Gamecube should play "Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean" and then definately play this nice game. It is a beautiful representation of what RPGs should be. If you own the first Baten Kaitos you should get this game hands down.