Picked up my copy this morning. My local GS looked to have about a dozen copies in...and I have a hard time imagining all of those are preorders. I didn't get an artbook with my preorder, but I wouldn't have any use for it anyway.
I'm about 3 hours in so far, and like what I've seen. The battle system is intimidating at first because there's a billion icons and indicators flying around the screen, and it's in real time so you have to constantly manage your positioning, arts deployment, cooldowns, HP, and various special attacks. Thankfully, they do a good job of gradually introducing you to the intricacies of the combat and give you a brief tutorial whenever a new mechanic comes into play.
Graphics are strictly PS2-with-draw-distance level, though at least the world is interesting to look at. You know, I've never been a big graphics guy but boy is the Wii showing its age. On the flip side, the music so far is fantastic. From the title screen on, it's big and swelling and orchestral, if at times overly dramatic. I'm also enjoying the voice acting thus far, if only because it is super, super Britishy, which is at least something different. Gives the game a slightly different feel, and as a bonus I don't have to play "When's Steve Blum showing up?"
Anyway, this seems like a pretty damn meaty RPG, and the first one to grab me in years. I've already seen a few sensibly streamlining innovations that take some of the tedious ******** out of the genre, like not requiring you to return to the person that gave you a quest to finish the quest. Which seems like an especially good idea since already there's been a ton of quests.
I do wish the character design was a little less overly anime-y. I have limited tolerance for this stuff anymore. I don't know who in Japan decided that dudes wearing intricate armor that exposes their midriff is super-badass, but I wish they'd stop. I mean, the main character appears to be wearing a striped turtleneck sweater under a half-vest over board shorts, and knee braces. Doesn't help that the main three characters so far vaguely call to mind the main three from Final Fantasy X, either.