I’d never played a JRPG before I played the original XC and found it delightful. Many of the poorer reviews of this sequel have come from the genre afficiandos who say the systems in this game don’t affect the gameplay enough and feel the story is by the books JRPG fayre. But those things are largely true of XC and XCX, but I still loved them.
Only issue I can potentially see is that the reasons why this series was so good (epic worlds to explore, stunning music, gorgeous art design, fast travel, gameplay changing due to time of day) have been built on and improved in games like BOTW and Skyrim. So it may be a bit old fashioned now after those, plus there’s the more complex systems. JRPGs - or at least the Xeno series - can be played in one of two ways; they DEFINITELY involve a bit of grinding here and there if you’re a luddite like me and labour your way through it, or they involve lots of side quests, affinity missions, complex menu mechanics etc to find ways to topple bigger enemies faster. So no matter your style of play, you CAN get through it. Question is, after 70 hours of play, do you want to have to go find some equally levelled up enemies / hang out in menu screens for two hours to move forward.
I’d say personally, buy the disc and give it a go. If it’s not for you, you’ll only lose £10 on it flogging it.