Following some of your recommendations, I got myself a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles. I managed to get it used for about the price of a new game, which is a bargain from my understanding since they made about ten copies of the NA version (that after almost deciding to make zero). Luckily for me, I ended up with a copy that was in impressive condition, with virtually no wear on the box, manual or disc.
Anyway, the question I have for anyone who's played this is, is there anything I need to know before I get started? Lost-forevers (that aren't already covered by this), things I should do, things I should NOT do (such as leaving Melia to the AI, because yes, I at least know about this), and so on?