Been playing this all day today, initial impressions: Awesome.|
Not very far in but it's essentially all the best bits from the previous games mixed in with some gorgeous new artwork. The initial tutorial stuff is slightly annoying (choosing to 'skip' something will only skip you about 3 dialogue boxes ahead), but once you have teamed up with Lancelot and stormed your first castle it's eventually exactly what I was hoping for.
The character portraits and interface are gorgeous, it knows I like my stats and lays out all those lovely numbers in an almost pornographic fashion, the way it shows all my team leveling up together post match is probably as close to an orgasm a video game can induce.
The game world is staggeringly large, and the team management seems is great - yes, I do start all over again if one of my favourite characters die. /swoon
And best of all, it's a proper adults game again. The trauma of getting FFTA advance home only for the story to shit on my dreams from a great height by opening up with American school kids getting sucked into books.. I still shudder just thinking about it.
Can't see any online mode mind you, but then I am playing the Japanese version which I'm having some difficulty translating a bit of, oh, and the characters still seem to be in constant 'walking' animation even when stood still which creeps me out a bit.