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on 16 October 2013
The worst game EVER!! Having played FF 7,9,10 and 12 this stands out as utterly non-FF. The only thing connecting this to other FFs are the ugliest chocobos I've EVER seen. Utterly wasted precious hours of my life, which I cannot get back. Worse than Hunger game. So here are the main cons of the game (spoiler alert I guess):

1.Story doesn't make sense at all. The only reason I played through the game as I had hope the story would become clear at some point... So I thought... well it doesn't and because the story is so bad you never get attached to the characters, more or less you don't give a F-word about what really happens to them. Don't know why but have absolutely no sympathy for any of the characters nor to the people.
2.Remember the fun when you had new characters joining your party and bringing something new to the table? And for some of them you did not always get them without doing sidequests. Well forget about it. All the characters don't need any convincing or sidequests to join you, neither do they have any differentiation all of them can be attacker, mage, healer, defender at all times.
3.The battle system is very very boring and only for couple of bosses you actually have to know what you are doing, rest of them you can button smash x to get through, oh and even if all your characters die, it's not biggie as you simply respawn immediately to the same point.
4.No sidequests whatsoever. Remember the great little distractions in FF9 with the frog hunt (leaving 1 female and 1 male behind so they regenerate quicker) and other stuff in other volumes.
5.The game is so linear as a RPG that this would not qualify as a RPG. You could not get stuck/lost at any point, which was part of the fun in the previous volumes, where you get that sense of achievement after solving the puzzle to the key for the next location or finding out through discussions with NPCs where you need to go next. Nope no sense of achievement throughout this game at ANY point.
6.Linear development possiblilities. OMG the crystallium and its different shapes are actually just 1 straight line, you don't really have a choice in how your character developes (Could've easily done without the crystallium upgrade, just directly give points to the role).
7.The lack of proper weapon upgrading is painful. FF 8/9/10 all had proper weapon upgrading and legendary weapons. With this game I did not really bothered changing weapons. Until I got the legendaries which were just as useless.
8.The fun of discovering items from various locations in the background is killed dead. Now you only need to look for these huge steel balls and that's it. No more running around the background trying to find hidden gems... One of the hugely fun part of the game.
9.The enemy units are reincarnations of each other. Literaly they occur throughout the game only with different colouring with slight differences in attacking modes throughout the game, making the encounters soooo monotone and boring.

Pros:
Graphics. Well this is a con as well, because it becomes very clear that the developers used more time making the game look beautiful than play beautiful. Massive dissapointment. I will always prefer a good story and gameplay to great graphics.

Everything about the game was appalling. It was more fun to watch than play. I didn't even realise it had ended since the story was so uninvolving
The worst single player FF game to arrive on the PlayStation EVER and it rather gets the most spinoffs and additions!
So I bought this game 2 years back and finished it then and it still brings bad memories, anger and feeling of betrayal to this date when I think about this game or someone mentions it.
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