I'm getting tired of these FF nerds ranting endlessly about these new games. What has been said on gamefaqs is that its too linear, whatever the hell that means. In reality it isnt and is extremly fast paced, grind and tactical. I guess the nerds like to make points, so do I. Whatever you're preaching about, not every FF game is going to be like 7, so get over it. Thats beauty of this series, each one is different and special on its own. I agree that the materia system of 7 was the best, but having each game like that would get old fast. I suppose this company would be out of buisness if not for keeping things fresh and new, point made. Secondly, you've already shelled out the 60 plus and change to get this game, then you rant about the game not the price, point made. Lastly, having these new FF's games to the series is good enough for me, just to see the creative side of square. This game overall is fantastic. The grathics, fighting mode and story line are up to par with the FF series. And thats all there should be to these games. A few things I dont like about it, one, I got this for the Xbox 360 which comes with three discs. Another is the rampant uses of a few choice words repeated through the story line. Its like ok ok I get, talk about something else. Also I rather have the fighting mod be like 12, where you can freely run away from enemies and / or preamtive strike nearly 100% of the time. And thats about it, overall it deserves its 4 out 5 stars.