An excellent game, but lacking in a few key areas.
Akivaria wrote this review on .
The graphics are fantastic, with the depth of perspective in many areas adding a lot to the game. The boss models (for the most part) were very well done, with a very high level of detail and interesting special effects. The cutscenes were top-notch, as has come to be expected with Playstation titles.
The sound got a little repetitive at times; however, the strength of the voiceovers made up for the repetitive sound, in my opinion.
Gameplay is simple, and I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of use for the in-game tutorials. (anyone who remembers the tutorials from FFVIII knows how an overly complicated gameplay system, with a notoriously simplified tutorial, can kill the fun quick.)
The story was not up to par for the course with previous Final Fantasy games, which is the major reason for my drop in the score. In prior games, I've found myself literally enthralled by the story. (particularly Final Fantasies 2 and 3) It took me longer to get through this game, because there were points in the game where I found myself disinterested in the events playing out on the screen.
Basically, the mastery of the craft in the programming of this game gives it a high mark, even with a story that grows dull at times.