So I'm 30 hours into the game, definitely loving it. It is SO awesome that you don't get tired from going into the dungeon. That was the single aspect of Persona 3:FES that made it unplayable for me. I love being able to do countless dungeon runs to fill out my equipment list/maximize the use of my time.
The character development is very strong. Kanji makes my party every time.. that probably has to do with the fact that his weapons are pieces of furniture.
I don't know if I'm going to be able to finish this game though.. Rev Anthony made some good points on podtoid regarding how difficult it is to deal with the fact that the game is very long, and extremely formulaic in nature. For the most part I agree, Luckily I have a week break from work, so I have quite a bit of free time to finish the game.. but there is something about sitting down for ten hour blocks to finish the game that start to make it feel like a chore. Don't get me wrong, the story is great, the gameplay is challenging and compelling, the game looks/sounds amazing overall... its just.. FUCK 80 hours is a lot of fucking time!! I'm pretty sure I have gained ten pounds from playing this game all day long for three days in a row.
I'll keep updating my progress on this excellent Atlus title! Wish me luck!