It's more of a 9.5. Game is a ton of fun for the full 70 hours I played it. Some places are actually difficult... which creates one of two downsides I found. If you lose... you Can NOT skip excessive long cutscenes each and every time you die. Other downside, main char you control can only have 4 combat moves from a list of dozens... and for the most part it doesn't matter which one you use.
I am sitting here drinking some tea and I got to reminiscing about a great RPG I once played that has truly "stuck" with me over time. I RARELY (if ever) give out perfect 10/10 but this game TRULY deserves it. Everything from the graphics, to the soundtrack, to the characters, to the combat, to the STORY...oh man...I need to settle down... getting so nostalgic thinking about the game. Anyways you feel my excitement from the game yes? GOOD. Now on to the review...
I will keep it short and sweet. This game does almost everything right. You will fall in love with the characters right away. I am a huge "character" guy especially when it comes to RPG's and man o' man does this game NAIL it. The main character Yuri is not your typical "hero" you come across. Without spoiling anything he's just so cool and his character just has great chemistry with the game. The other characters are all very likeable and fill their roles perfectly. I loved raven, Flynn, karol, Judith, ect. They all have character and you WILL get attached.
The gameplay is also incredible. Having played a bit of TOS I was familiar with the combat system. Its basically a side scrolling type combat with special abilities (known as artes) and other elements. For the hardcore RPG fan there is enough depth and strategy to keep one hooked for a long time. The combat is just flat out FUN.
In terms of story and replayability there is a ton. You can go back and find missing cutscenes, find alternate outfits, weapons, grind xp, grind gold, kill powerful beasts you were once unable to kill, ect.
My review will not to this game justice AT ALL. Anyone who rates the game lower then 9/10 has issues. My bottom line: GO AND GET THIS GAME. It is a true masterpiece of the 360 and I doubt another RPG this good will drop for a while if at all. I rarely get this exited over games but this game will do it. I will never forget this game (sheds a tear).