I have not played a final fantasy since the PS1 era, only ever playing 7,8 and 9. Not playing a final fantasy game in years i felt maybe i dont have the skills to play this new installment as i had not played any of the others on the PS2, however how i was wrong! So all of you new gamers out there definitely give this ago! Alright down to the main points:
Graphics: absolutely stunning, the character models and their designs are awe-spiring, the best i have ever seen. The environments are stunning also and a definite eye candy. The designs of the enemies are also unique and look amazing.
Plot: Without any spoilers, you will find the main plot overwhelming, when you are sitting content letting the cut scenes tell their story, you slowly become more and more engrossed within the story line, you will have to give it a chance because at first you will think what is going on here, but as you progress things become more and more clear, bringing you into a whole different dimension, a different fantasy, you almost feel the characters are made of flesh and bone, no joke! They really did a great job here.
characters: This has to be my favorite part, the characters are all just amazing, Lightning has to be my favorite, the emotions they express and their persona are so charming, it makes them seem very much real, i find this rare today in games and i am not a big gamer at all, creating a bond with the characters helps to supplement your understanding and enjoyment of the game and the story for each character, which is told brilliantly.
Game play: a lot of people complain this is far to liner, tis ture to a certain extent, having completed the game myself, i can safely say that, although a while away, when you get to disc 3 the game opens up much more and you have the options to do side quests etc if you so wish, but i found the main storyline far to engrossing and had to plow through it! so i did not mind the linear aspect because it had compensated for a deeper story line. The weapon upgrade system is fantastic you have to learn how to upgrade your weapons the best way the only tip i will give you is to buy many wicked fangs and use them first to get you weapon to multiplier X3 then use a metallic component, you'll know what i mean when you play ;).
Length: This depends on you, the gamer, it is to your own discretion how long you want to make the game. For me personally i plowed through the first time in 45 hrs through the main storyline not doing any side quests apart from the compulsory one you get on disc 3. i wish i expanded the experience longer, but the storyline was so spell binding i just had to see what happened, mind you its worth farming CP, you'll know what i mean when you experience the game, this will help develop your characters major style.
upgrading system and battle: you have a total of six roles to play with being commando, ravager, sentinel, saboteur, synergist and medic. now i am going to give you my personal choice which i found worked really well for my characters:
Lightning: commando, ravager and medic
Hope: Synergist, ravager and medic
Sazh: Synergist, ravager and saboteur
Fang: she is great at any role, you decide
Vanille: Saboteur, medic and ravager
Snow: sentinel, commando and ravager
This is my personal choice, you should choose what ever fits you best!
in conclusion, i would say this is a fantastic game and is worth anybody's time and money, as it definitely gives you your moneys worth, because i had the best 45 hr experience ever in gaming, anyway thanks for reading and hope i helped!