let me start by saying i am a huge fan of the final fantasy franchise playing many of the titles. i have enjoyed every single one and couldnt wait until this game came out.
unfortunalty i feel let down by square enix and this is for many reasons. the battle sytsem on this game has changed from time based battle (one player attacking at a time on command) to an open battle ground in which to fight you send a blue string thing from your head in order to say you are going to attack and whch person you will attack. this is probably the worst change and i was majorly disappointed with this and this is the major reason why i di not finish this game. the TBB system worked fine in the first place and was involved in the 3 best RPG's ever in VII, VIII and X. so why try and fix something that is not broke? Blue Dragon proved that the TBB system can still work in games today.
also FFXII uses a gambit system in which you can tell the other players what to do without having to constantly tell them, for example when somebody's HP is below 1000 use an X potion, this is good in that respect but it made me feel pointless in battle as i was barely doing a thing and that reduced the tactical knowledge needed in battle and made the battles tedious and annoying.
in FFXII they have taken out random encounters which in my eyes added to the fun of the game you never knew when you were going to fight next or what monster you would fight. this again i feel was a pointless change.
however i did give the game 3 stars and this is why. the storyline is pretty good, it isnt as good as the others in the series but it is ok.
the graphics are absolutely unbelievable (as we have come to expect from the FF series. the cutscenes are fantastic and the in game graphics are i feel unrivaled on the PS2.
the world that you explore is vast and the places that you visit are brilliant to explore and chanllenging to navigate.
there are a lot of sidequests which add length to the game, however they are very similar and afetr 10-12 they become repetitive ad tedious and then you forget all about them, unlike the other games in the series in which they have you travelling to different citys to do different tasks making the games much more fun to play.
i feel that the wait for this game was not justified and i do feel majorly let down so until square enix bring another brilliant FF game out i will go back and play 3 of the best games of all time VII, VIII and X.