Decent story, but extremely boring to play.
The combat is also different and fun at first, and the large scale battles are fun at first. However, this games biggest flaw to me is that after you get the hang of the battle mechanics down, there are NO NEW GAMEPLAY elements added to the game as you progress. It is all hands off. You select some general commands (to use magic or attack skills) for your battle groups, and then its up to them. You dont even get to choose which skills they use, its all random. And many skills are only available randomly such as summons. I didnt mind it at first, but after awhile, its so boring to just sit and watch the fight carry out while you do nothing. And the fights can get extremely long. Once you get to the second disc, most boss battles are easily over an hour long, and if you happen to lose, you'd have to replay the whole thing over. And you will lose, becuz the difficulty on this game is just too punishing.
Lastly, it tells a good story that youre used to from square enix. Too bad the cheap and boring gameplay will keep you from getting to enjoy it.