I figured I would rent this game and see where the Final Fantasy series all started. Prior to this, I had played FF7, 8, 9, X, 11-Online (for a few months), 12, 13, and Tactics. It's a good game for it's time (but not as great as other RPGs that also came out around that time).
I would not recommend this game for anyone who gets annoyed easily. There's no field maps, very little information on where you need to go and do, and a massive amount of random battles. I don't mind random battles, but when you're trying to back track through multiple floors to turn in a quest and further the story line and you have to fight a battle every 5 steps, it gets pretty obnoxious.
The only reason I only played this game for about 8 hours, is because early in the game after you beat a certain boss, a dungeon opens up. I figured this dungeon opening up was the next part of the story line since this game tells you next-to-nothing about where to go. Anyways, this dungeon is completely optional. And the only way to leave the dungeon after entering is to beat one of the bosses in it. Unfortunately, the monsters inside were just as easy as monsters I was fighting in the previous areas, so I figured I was on-track. Boy was I wrong, when I got to the bosses they all had about 4k health and would 1-shot my entire party with a single AoE spell. I have a habit of frequently saving, and I saved over my file inside the dungeon, so unless I want to grind for hours and level up and hope my cruddy gear can beat these bosses, I'm screwed.
Anyways, if you rent this game like I did, you only need to play it for 2 hours to know exactly what the entire game is like. Would not play it again.
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-Awesome new graphics
-Monsters/Enemies look amazing
-Fixed battling system, you no longer try to hit dead enemies
-No blue or red text telling you exactly where to go next and what to do. No fairy reminding you where to go or what to do.
-Tiles for the towns and dungeons look amazing
-No level grinding, the game is a little easy at times
-Exp seems to be given out at a fairly decent rate
-Massive World Map, I forgot how huge the world map was! Great for exploring/getting lost :D
-Huge confusing dungeons, I love getting lost :D
-A little too easy at times (maybe I was too leveled up)
-Too many random battles, sometimes you couldn't take two steps. For a game that doesn't hold your hand when playing thru, this can be annoying.
-Spell books are kinda expensive
I had just a few gripes, but this is an amazing remake! It is worthy of a 9 score, the graphics are great. The world is huge, the dungeons are difficult, no fairy (Navi) holds your hand and shows you the way, etc... Games today are too easy, this is a breath of fresh/old/stale air.