Both on Steam and GOG:
15% off for the first week (I think)
This game deserves all the attention. If you are a fan of the classics like Chrono Trigger, Xenogears or Tales of Symphonia, Lunar, this one is a very good title that stands among the very best.
It was released even in the US on PSP, a few years ago, the Steam version should have an improved translation and it’s actually an excellent port that works perfect with mouse & keyboard.
It’s part of the Kiseki series that is getting more and more popular in Japan and what is important to know is that, while it’s a solid 50 hour game, I think it still ends on a cliffhanger. The story does continue on a second chapter that is even slightly longer, even better rated, and most importantly is ALSO planned to be released on Steam around the end of this year (and will most likely be delayed by a few months).
Part 1 (this one) and 2 make a whole story, so it’s not like, say Final Fantasy where every title is its own separate world. The Kiseki series has an overarching plot and that spans across multiple games. It’s not very likely we’ll see more titles besides these two, but these two chapters together indeed make a whole story even if the setting lives on. Since the part 2 release is finally guaranteed to come out, sooner or later, then the whole thing is certainly worthy of attention.
A year ago the Agarest first title was released on Steam and I think it sold well. That was a rather mediocre JRPG but that still deserved some attention so that more of these games can come out. This one instead is excellent and extremely cheap for the amount of content.
As I said it’s an excellent port but that also has some issues right now. There may be crashing problems if you run it at 1080p, so if it crashes try to change the resolution as a temporary fix. Other issues may be related to the movies playback. In the configuration program you can disable the videos in case there are problems, switch resolutions, cap framerate, play windowed or fullscreen. The mouse buttons are also screwed up, but again in the config problem you can go to the input tab and fix that.
Give them money so we get part 2 as soon an possible, and maybe make more likely a continuation of the series also on Windows.
Somewhat related: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/10/28/the-best-jrpg-you-havent-played-yet/