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I genuinely enjoyed this game. I'm a big fan of the series and, having never played this one before, had high expectations. I was not disappointed. I liked it so much and there was just so darn much to explore and unlock I ended up keeping it! If you like RPG's, particularly FF games, give this a try, you won't be sorry.
I had seen a few user-reviews on this title prior to renting it saying it was one of the worst Final Fantasy games ever, that it did not live up to the franchise name, etc. I am happy to say this is not true. The story in this game is solid - it is not near as 'intense' or 'dramatic' as others in the franchise, it is a lot more light-hearted and also pretty funny, so maybe that is why. The characters are all solid with decent back-stories, the battle system is good, so are the graphics and of course the music is classic - but what I really like is the fact that this is one of the FF's with the JOB SYSTEM. I love the job system because it allows you to balance your team out however you choose, you can have a solid attack-based group or defensive or both or whatever and it adds a lot of tactics to the already-well-built battle system. To me, this game is better than III on the DS simply due to well rounded characters, a surprisingly good story, and a little more depth with the jobs. With FINAL FANTASY, you cannot go wrong and this game is no exception to that rule. A +.
As many Final Fantasies are (Excluding FF XII, and FF VII DoC), FF V is not amazingly fun battle wise, and its richness lies solely in its story. You have a few main characters, who all turn out somewhat special, and many plot twists. It's not too predictable, and is often quite entertaining or interesting. You may pick from multiple classes as you progress through the game, each with its own skills, and mix and match to make your own customized characters. Then, as you fight, you gain points allowing you to level up your class, allowing the use of stronger skills. This mixing and matching aspect can be quite entertaining, and you will probably quickly find your favorite classes. As the story progresses, as does the battle difficulty. The sort of "bar" turn based battle system is going to either be very easy or very hard. It often requires you to go off into the wilderness and just "grind" by killing monsters over and over to become stronger. All in all, despite the frequent lapses of monotony, the games story earns it a sturdy 6.