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I've finally decided to give this a go, but I have to admit I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with it. I've never played a game this big, I am a huge rpg jrpg fan but my sole experience with open world games is ffvx. So any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Don't stress yourself. Take your time. At first everything is overwhelming. It doesn't take long to get the hang of it and get used to the huge sizes of the maps. Don't look into guides on your first walkthrough, or only if you don't understand a gameplay mechanic. Save often. Don't worry about experience or levels, do quests for the quests itself (the personal feeling) and not just for XP farming.
Thank you, I'll take all your advice on board I can already tell there's going to be a lot of depth to this looking forward to getting sucked in once I get to grips with everything. I think the only non turned based games I've played are kingdom hearts, ffvx and nier automata.