The pacing in this game is starting to drive me crazy.
I'm in chapter 3 right now, and I've really enjoyed this so far, but the pacing is starting to really annoy me. It seems like there's a lot of filler to pad out the game's length. The story started getting really good at the end of chapter 2, and I thought it would continue at that level for the rest of the game. But once I got to Grancel things slowed right back down again. Now I'm at the point where Prof. Russell was kidnapped, and it's getting really good again, but there were 10+ hours between the end of chapter 2 and what's happening now.
The pump quest in Elmo was completely unnecessary. Sure, I guess it developed Estelle and Joshua's relationship, but I kinda hate that plot to begin with. If they were raised together, they would not feel sexually attracted to each other, regardless of not being blood related. The black orbment plot is good, and the Elmo quest just felt completely out of place at this point.
I really like this game overall, I just wish it didn't feel the need to pad things out like it does. I know it's been a slow-paced game from the start, but it hasn't really bothered me until now. For some reason I just thought going to Elmo was extremely stupid.