First of all, and most importantly... this game is awesome!
Im not here to review, thats been done about 50 times already. Im just giving you a few short facts that you may not know.
Battles are turn-based
This seems to get different reactions nowadays, me myself i prefer turn based fights in RPG's.
There are no summons
Which is a shame because summons in the final fantasy series are all kinds of glorious!
You cannot equip new armor
I was quite surprised by this but they do have a pretty smart ring system. And the lack of armor is not as bad as i thought it would be, infact after a while you dont even notice.
Game is spread across 4 discs
Just like the good ol days.
You can have upto 5 party members in a battle at any one time.
I dont even think any of the final fantasys had 5! I could be wrong i cant remember.
9 playable characters, 4 immortal and 5 mortals.
Only mortals learn skills by levelling up, Immortals learn skills from the mortals using a skill link system, immortals can also learn skills by equiping accessories.
Example - equip treasure glasses and you get the ability see what items the enemy is holding - you get to see what you can steal and what they drop when killed. Now when you first equip them it will say 0/10 sp, but as you earn sp during battles eventually you will learn treasure glasses 10/10 and can unequip them and still use that skill while learning another by equipping another accessory then you can learn that then another and so on. You can learn loads of different skills but can only equip a certain amount. Immortals start off with 3 skill slots to which 3 skills can be equipped, for example you could have black magic level 3, counter, and white magic level 2. But as you progress through the game you will pick up slot seeds which give another skill slot to your immortals. So you could then add say treasure glasses to you black and white magic and your counter. But using mortals is also very important because as they level up they can teach the immortals some pretty handy skills. So a party of both is usually the best option.
The ring system lets you create special rings to equip to you party members. Im not gonna go into to much detail because there are loads of possibilities but i shall give and example of one of the first rings you get. When you kill enemys they drop all kinds of stuff and some of the stuff they drop is what u need to make rings, so say you kill some fire creature and they drop a magma fragment well u may need 5 magma fragments and 4 wheystones to create a fire ring which adds fire damage to your attack. Everytime you pick up a new part for a ring a new ring design will appear in your ring menu telling you what u need to make the new ring and what it does. Then later on you can combine rings buy finding certain people. So you may be able to combine your fire ring with a extra attack ring to make a ring with fire damage and extra attack power and so on. There are loads of possibilities so that is a good thing to play around with. Some rings even allow 3 effects!
Well that will do for now. This game really is great and i hope i have helped people to understand the game a little better!!!