This game gets a lot of flak from die-hard Final Fantasy fans simply because they've changed the battle system slightly. It's still turn based, except everything is done in a realtime kind of way, which actually adds to the fluidity of the gameplay. There aren't any random battles, which was the one thing I actually disliked about previous FF titles. No more annoying battles after every 3 steps you take...This title also sees the addition of a new "hunt" side-quest, which provides a good challenge for those who find the main story quest a little too easy.
The story line plays out like an epic movie, which is to be expected from a Final Fantasy game.The characters are well developed, the plot is well written and exciting. It is very easy to become full immersed in the world of Ivalice. The graphics and cinematics are, as ever, breathtaking.
I fully recommend buying this game.