If u played the other Final Fantasy games it doesnt matter. This game is so much different than those games. The battle system is this game is much more fast pace. It gonna take plenty of hours to get used to this battle system and more hours to have full use of the system. But once you get to about 20-25 hours of the game it opens up. The music is this game is ok but not legendary as the other Final Fantasy. The Summons are cool but they could have made them alot strong it seems sometimes it better to not use them. The game starts very slow but if u stick with it your in for a treat this game is very good with some great characters. Also this game has cut-scence that are just beautiful to look at an experinence. This is designed for the Playstation not the xbox with the xbox you dont even get Full HD so it a waste. Final Fantasy is a great game design for a great console the PS3.
This game is great, by far the greatest RPG on the market now. The game has one major flaw, however. In this one, unlike all the others, you only have control over one character while controling the other two character's "roles". This is ok, but the one big drawback is that if the lead character (the one you control) is killed, then it's game over. Even if the other two are still alive, the game ends. In all the others every party member had to be ko'd for the game to be over. Sometimes the A.I. doesn't recognize this and heals antoher character instead of you. This really sucks because some of these bosses have over 16 MILLION HP and it sucks to spend 45 minutes almost beating one, just to have the leader killed and the game be over while the other two characters are just fine. They should have really spotted that and adjusted it to switch to the next live character and give you the chance to revive your leader. If it wasn't for that, this game would be a 10.
The story line is not that hard to follow. At first its a little puzzling but as long as you put two and two together you should be fine after about a half hour of game play you can figure it out. I, personally, found the storyline to be breath taking and I don't know why people are saying that you dont have feelings for the characters because, though i didnt connect personally, I felt pity,empathy,joy sadness and any other emotion for them. The graphics are amazing of course no one will doubt that. As for the mashing the X button... that's not entirely true if you take the time to look at the screen you can see that you can select your own attacks... the "smashing the x button" way is only meant to be used for fast action or to just get something over with such as weak monsters that you are too strong for(since you cannot flee). You can only control one character which is a bit of a drag but it also saves you time. I do agree however that the paradigms, though they do require skill and a thought process to use, was not as good as grinding a.k.a leveling. The game play is extremely linear in which I did not like either but I guess it was made so that you can get to the story line faster? I don't know it's the only logical reason I can think of at the moment. AND FINALLY TO END MY REVIEW!!!! STOP COMPARING THE OLD FF GAMES TO THE NEWER ONES!!! Though you may want it to be the same it's not and just because something is different doesn't necessarily make it worse. You have to play every game without a bias and without expectations in order to fully grasp the game as it is. If you are expecting it to be like a past game you will be unsatisfied like most of the reviews I've read so far. Though the game isn't perfect I feel that it does deserve some respect because it was not all bad. If you disagree with me I respect your opinion but please stop attacking this game because it doesn't measure to FF7 or 8, which indeed are great games.