I was disappointed in the story. Games 1-3 drove me through them with a pretty cool plot that was updated often and kept me wanting to learn more. This one has a good story but there's just not a lot of it. I was mostly driven to beat the game just simply to beat it. The ending was really freakin good tho!
People complain about QTE's (Quick Time Events: an interactive cinematic combat scene) a lot in games but without QTE's you simply would not have these kinds of insane, truly epic encounters. There's plenty of combat in between the QTE's. Although I will admit that while i felt games 1-3 made excellent use of QTE's this one felt a bit more "dumbed down." I still loved em tho, especially that last boss. You will never see a boss like that done without QTE's. lol I imagine and hope that the QTE's offer a little more challenge on harder difficulty modes.
While playing the last major battle before the final boss i was remembering Adam Sessler's review and him mentioning how incredibly hard it was. It was pretty freakin hard but all it really did was make you use your block button more. lol It's a pretty long battle and it is tough but if you play smarter than you usually have to its not so bad and pretty epic as usual.
I wasn't completely happy with the game until it was over. That last hour really made up for it for me. The entire game is really as epic as the rest in the series (I haven't played the PSP versions tho) and in some places even more epic which is pretty surprising and unexpected, i mean how do you get more epic than the first 3 games? They pulled it off. The scenes are as beautiful as ever and the monsters you fight are super cool. The graphics are just gorgeous! It's really just the lack of plot to drive you through it that made it less enjoyable until the end.
I have quite a bit more thoughts on it but not enough room here. =p