First of all I am suprised at the negative reviews this game is getting, mainly people who have not completed the 2nd disc so in my opinion should not be writing a review.
I got this the day it came out, I am still playing it occasionally now trying to complete all the side quest hunts.
First off all I understand a lot of people being disapointed and saying its very linear gameplay. Yes this is true until you get to chapter 11, which is disc 3 you can only progress through the story and you cannot wander too far. Even when you get to Chapter 11 unfortunately there are not too many side hunts you can go on at your experience level, its best to wait until after the story.
The graphics are just mindblowing as SquareEnix live up to their Final Fantasy name with the latest mindblowing graphics. The storyline is expertly written and I just couldn't wait to get to the next cut scene, by the time i got to chapter 11 and could choose to go off and do hunts, I decided to complete the story first as it is very gripping.
The story took me 50-55 hours to complete so the story itself has got a ton of value.
The side hunts however I think is the weak point of the game, they are very repetitive and there are 64 in all.
Yes 64 side missions just telling you to go kill X monster wit it getting harder and harder each time.
Although the battles are fun and testing I am disapointed with the side content no minigames just fighting, although it is fun.
In conclusion I was glued to this game, my addiction I guess i will call it stopped when i completed the story and got to hunt 11, completed that and then got bored. I still occasionally play it now and then still doing the odd hunt but once you have done them all with 5 star rating there is little to no replay value. Although that would take you over hundred hours so you get a lot of value.
Over a hundred hours of gameplay
A more advanced skill tree system to final fantasy 10
A very simple to use and excellent battle system
Battle graphics and motions are very good
Very linear taking around 30-35 hours until you can free roam
Lack of activities to do only fighting no side mini games like in previous final fantasys
Very repetitive hunt system
Looks like there will be no DLC although Square Enix are still yet to make a decision about this.
Although the cons this is in my opinion the best xbox 360 game out there, I think its a must have/play for all xbox 360 owners, it is a completely new experience and I and many people I know were completely blown away by this game.
I would also recommend you buy the guide as well, it is very helpful and has some great tips and all the maps to help you get around.
I brought the collectors Edition version of the game, I brought it mainly because I am a collector of Final Fantasy games, if you are a big final fantasy fan or collector I would recommend the collector's edition for the extras, but if you are just looking for a new game I would probably recommend the normal version as the extras with the collectors edition may not be worth the extra money to you.