"...and 1-2 because I missed a character to talk to and ran around every area again..." This concerns me. Does this mean that certain characters must be spoken to in order to advance the story (not a problem) AND it is possible to enter and leave an area and miss them (potential nightmare)? I don't play this type of game often. I just finished Pokemon X and I liked the hand holding. You can't really leave an area without a character stopping you and directing you to the key story interaction in the town. I don't want to miss something essential and have to backtrack for hours in hope of stumbling across what I missed.