B2) I did not know you followed that rant session of Xenosaga. Thanks!
C) I am not a fan of many current gen things. I didn't like Monster Hunter Tri, I hate what the Last of Us stands for, and have next to NO interest in anything available nowadays. Seventh Gen has been the worst for me.
D) NO U
Off-Topic: Play Dragon Quest VIII or IX. VIII is the prime example of what story-driven DQ games are like, IX is a great example of vocation system used in other DQ games (and is super fun to boot). Plot is a bit lacking in IX, though.