Okay, first off let me say, this game is good and can definitely be enjoyed. It looks amazing and the paradigm system is a great way to battle. This game also tests players skill more than any other game in the series...and that's a good thing. Without a doubt, this game was well worth the money I paid for it.
However, I can't help but feel like Square-Enix is shitting on my childhood. That being said, I have a few gripes that I would like to get off my chest.
First off, Weapons: Why does it feel like such a mundane task to level up my weapons at save points? I think the weapon system in this game took a hit personally. There have been a lot of complaints about the game not having towns for people to buy their weapon upgrades and armors ect. I don't chastise about the fact that I have no town, but instead at the weapon leveling system employed by this game...to me it just seems boring and uninspired. But that's just me and perhaps not yourself.
Chracters: Good God man, I cannot stand this batch. Sazh and Snow are not bad. Sazh seems fairly level headed and he isn't too annoying. Snow can be a bit annoying and act somewhat like a frat boy but he doesn't make me curse at my screen when he speaks.
Hope: This kid is a motherfucking pussy. He annoys the shit out of me with his constant whining. Plus, my girlfriends little sisters name is Hope. Of all the annoying characters though, he is actually the least bothersome for me.
Lightning: Her name is lightning...WTF? These people create the paradigm system and they are responsible for the world we play in and the best they can come up with is Lightning?? Come the fuck on man. Also, she plays the role of the tough-guy bitch who always gets on my nerves. If they made an FF13 movie, she would be played by Michelle Rodriguez for sure.
Vanille: Good lord man, this gitty bitch makes me want to vomit. The bubbly personality she exhibits is nauseating and when she reveals he l'cie brand...don't even get me started. Video games and porn should be like church and state...separate. All it does is make me feel like some creepy fucker who lives with his parents and jacks off the hentai or someshit...lame.
Fang: Her name seriously is Fang, I'm not making this up. Her accent is also equally as annoying as Vanilles and she has a fucking Rip Stick for a weapon. Lets also not forget that she plays a secondary tough-guy bitch role alongside Lightning.
Summons: I really want square-enix to just ditch these because bottom line, SUMMONS ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO BE FUCKING TRANSFORMERS!! Since when did Shiva become 2 separate hookers with wheels for asses who combine to become a motorcycle for someone to ride?? This shit just looks dumb. As soon as I got Sazh's Eidolon, I made a firm decision that I wouldn't summon him because I refuse to fight along side a fucking oversized RC go-cart.
I'm old school...I admit it. Bahamut is a dragon, not a space ship. Swords are one piece blades, not folding swizz army knives that go for 3 inches to 4 feet long in two folds. And for fuck sake, good characters are named Sabin, Cecil, Garland, Magus, Keffka, Chrono and Sephiroth.
As much as I am enjoying playing this game, I can't help but ask myself periodically, "are these seriously the same guys who brought us games like FF3, FF7, Chrono Trigger, ActRaiser 1 and 2 and Secret of Mana??"
All things stated are truly my opinions alone though and perhaps you feel otherwise. Please don't be too upset if you think that 2 ice queens transforming into a motorcycle is shit rockingly awesome. I just think that shit is lame and so weak compared to some of the shit these guys have created in the past.