The graphics are mediocre as in most these days, but the horrible flaw to this game is the voice overs. Long delays on fill in story that really have no purpose into getting what the game is about via the story line. Controls are laggy along with the battle system. The alchemy creation system is a nice touch but not enough to save the game. Overall, you can save time by by passing this one.
The only thing I can say about this game is to make sure you register the items you use regularly at the shops in town and around the world. I spent to much time making items, and In the end ran out time and got the poor ending. Register your items that's all I can say.
I tried the game out and cleared the prequel story line in ten minutes or so and told myself that the nagging doubts I had about the game were just that; in this case however they were not. The game itself has a beautifully drawn art style that is particularly excellent when it comes to the flowers and plants in the game; the music is well done and the characters voices are clear and seem for as far as I managed to get, suitable to their characters. This game feels to me in the first hour of play to be a gateway game that tries to bring in people who are not into this kind of game or gaming in general I admit I did not give it much of a chance however so take that with a grain of salt. If I had Kids or a niece or Nephew in the 7-12 age range I would have passed this on to them had I bought it in a second, and I think they would truly enjoy it, but this game is not for me personally. Definitely in the Rent Before you Buy Category.