Summary: Good game with a good story and lore, even if you have to find most all of it out in a datalog. The real high point of this game is it's awesome battles, very fast paced and strategic, yet accessible even to newcomers to the franchise or rpgs in general. Wonderful graphics.
Summary: Definitely not the best Final Fantasy, but definitely not nearly as bad as XII (which was unbelievably horrid). I'll never understand why Square thought they needed to scrap their old formula for this franchise. Getting rid of Nobuo Uaematsu, was one of the worst decisions. The soundtrack suffers heavily and is very lackluster and unmemorable.