Summary: The classic JRPG we all wanted when everything after FFX started to fall off from the Final Fantasy games we all loved. Compared to the main series of games, The 4 Heroes of Light would mostly take after FFIII (DS version to be precise), but compared to FFIII, T4HoL is definitely more polished in terms of gameplay. The game also seems similar to the Dragon Quest series (perhaps around DQ3-4).
Summary: I picked this up after playing through miscellaneous 8-bit RPGs on my old Game Boy, plus DS remakes of older Dragon Quest games, and it definitely is reminiscent of those early games. It is not a "real" Final Fantasy game, so in that respect it is like those old Final Fantasy Legend (SaGa) Game Boy games ;) I wasn't sure about the artwork style when I first bought the game, but it won me over after a short while.
Summary: I'd almost say that FF is the wrong moniker for this game, especially comparing it to recent FF games. TBH, it is more like the Dragon Quest games, or the first few FFs. Truly Epic, Truly Awesome. Also, Bravely Default:Flying Fairy (this game's spiritual sequel) is now slated for a western release!
Summary: First of all, if your a fan of traditional RPG, this game will throw you off in its battle system. You cant select your target, either healing or attacking, and most of the time I tend to forget to equip spells I bought thinking it will automatically be used in battle. Overall, its a great game and has the best song in game.
Summary: The 4 Heroes of Light is so different from what I expected from a modern Final Fantasy game, and that's a compliment. When I think of current Final Fantasy games, I think of overwrought, overcomplicated productions. The 4 Heroes of Light reminds me more of an Atlus game. It's quiet and offbeat, and thoroughly enjoyable. The quest is straightforward, and you are given *just* enough guidance to keep going.