Story is pretty cool, kinda sad, it draws you in, the graphics are awesome, the fighting system has its upside, the system with classes or whatever is fun, but they need to change the fighting system cause the turn by turn stuff is old, they kinda speed in up in this game but its still so bloody boring, its almost impossible to attack and defend at the same time, so while you cant attack attack guard heal, you have a limited gauge, you use it up, change class, wait for more gauge, heal, if you want to guard theres another need to change class, but if you think you can just stay defensive and kill everything, you cant, not only does the defensive class not have any attacks, its only got 1 counter move from what i've seen, i pre ordered it, i kind of regret it, worth renting, not worth buying, if your a fan of the final fantasy go for it then, if not, try devil may cry, kingdom hearts, or something that doesnt make you wait 5 seconds to be able to block an attack
I've only ever played FF 7, 9, and 10; so I'm not a huge fan of the series, but this game is outstanding. I have to point out that on the plus side, the graphics are great, the soundtrack is decent, and the battle system is awesome once you get the hang of it (which doesn't take long).
On the flip, the most obvious downside is the melodrama that brings down all of the Final Fantasy games I've played. It seems as though FF's creators don't have the slightest idea of how to employ subtlety in storytelling; everything here is heavy handed to the point of "Adam West in Batman" rediculous. There are multiple screams of "Here comes your hero!" from the same character early in the game. Also in order to keep the graphics and plot cohesive the game is very linear in the beginning, so there is almost no exploring. If you can look past that though, the game is very rewarding. If you don't have a lot of patience or can't stand overacting, you might want to skip this one.