I skipped the first one because of the screwy battle system where an enemy could hit you from across the map. I think they fixed it, and on top of that they improved the pace. I saw this one the other day and skipped it, but I think I'll be going back for it. I need an interesting RPG to tide me over till Dark Souls.
I didn't know that It took till now for people to start talking about a game that has been out FOR AGES!