Okay, so I'm at the start of chapter 12. Since then I've been upgrading my weapons, pouring various items into them. Around the end of chapter 11 I ended up with two ultracompact reactors, one of which I wasted and couldn't be bothered going back an hour in-game with the last save.
This prompted me to read up on how the upgrade system works, and at this point I realise I've probably been really wasteful with upgrading. First off I'm actually still on all the starter weapons, all maxed out with a star (though I realise you can take them further with catalysts as of now). I had a look at weapon upgrade grids and realised I could have upgraded much better weapons.
So my first question is - will it make a huge difference if I just continue with the starter weapons and max them out to ultimate ones once I get the right catalyst thingies, or, once I've let the resources pile up, get rid of them and switch to some better weapons - like Gladius, Sacrificial Circle, Malphas, Pearlwing Staff, Taming Poll and Paper Tiger - and upgrade those to ultimate weapons?
I'm thinking I could have made the game a lot easier for myself, alleviating the need for my huge grind at chapter 11 on Gran Pulse which maxed out the three main roles on all my characters to stage 8 and has made most battles easy for once (leaving more time for me to ACTUALLY ENJOY EXPLORING
Also, at this point in the game I have 713,191 gil. I haven't really bought much throughout the game. I'm hoping I'll be able to put part of this cash down on some decent upgrades once I get the R&D shop.
Will the last boss and enemies in the last part of the game be possible if I just have my characters well-leveled, or will I need good weapons?
And finally, taking into account my current situation - maxed out starter weapons - does that sound about right for chapter 12? Or am I bit behind or gone down the wrong route entirely?
Thanks, sorry to ramble