i too enjoy PB more than any other NIS game, largely because it is so madcap and freeform. The departure from the grid system is not just geographic, but philosophical. the wide variety of characters, items and skills, the many styles of battle, the insane animations you can create by transfering skills, all of these combine to make a freeform gaming extravaganza that takes my breath away.
Current Games: PSP - Hexyz Force; ZHP; Disgaea Infinite-----DS:Rune Factory 3; Zenoia Cannot Wait For:Phantom Brave:Heroes of the Hermuda Triangle & DQ6
Crap. That's really going to screw with me.. oh well, I'll get used to it.
Not really, since there's no grid it doesn't even feel similar to the Disgaea/ZHP style of play so I know what you're talking about since I play that way in D1-3 as well, but it never messed me up at all.
What is meant by no grid is that you can move around in any direction you desire, all 360 degrees allowed. This is the thing which makes me prefer Phantom Brave over Disgaea, but then again Phantom Brave was my first NIS game, so I might be biased.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hve7e6TfIdU&feature=related Check out this video, since i'm poor at explaining things. It is a video of going through a random dungeon, should be spoiler-free.
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