The game was okay. I played it even though there was some bad reviews because I absolutely loved the 1st one! Unfortunately, what I loved the most about the 1st one, was completely lacking in this one.
The story was, boring, confusing, and just made no real sense. I couldn't stop playing the 1st game. I had to force myself to play this one, and to tell the truth, I didn't finish it. I just mailed it back to get Lightning Returns instead. I hope that one is better. It had better reviews.
The combat was the only saving grace. It was fun, if I could have gotten into the game more, I would have played around more with collecting monster crystals and what not, but I didn't.