Having not touched a FF game since FF-X (Since all the ones after that got destroyed in reviews, didn't waste my time/money...figured I'd leave the series on a high note), I was super apprehensive about jumping into this one, even though the preview content looked promising. Take into account the negative reviews from people such as "It looks like PS2 graphics" or "this absolutely awful"; didn't help make it easier. I bit the bullet, pre-ordered, got it on release day, and sat down to play it.
The download/install took a while (51GB; 41GB on Disc, 10GB over network) but not as bad as something like GTA-V. Once downloaded it still had to install. It let me start the game at ~50% installed, and never had a problem after that.
Once installed, I started my adventure. The combat was a LITTLE hard to get used to for the first 5-10 minutes (I Highly recommend doing the 5-10 minute tutorial in the beginning, makes the start of the game go much smoother) as the controls aren't super "common" for combat games, but before I knew it, I wasn't even thinking about it anymore, and was pulling off nasty full-team combos on mobs and rares/bosses.
The story seems a little "off" to start with, but after about 1-2 hours it gets back on the rails and I found myself fully invested, and making conspiracies of my own on who's doing what and where and why...etc. I am excited to see where the story takes me next!
Ok, I'll start by saying, I'm playing on an XBOX One-S, on a 70" 4K TV. This game is beyond gorgeous. The cutscenes alone had me like "Holy, this is where we are with technology now?" Every little detail in the world is built with TLC, and it shows (Even the burn pattern on a piece of toast...seriously). I'm blown away. Whoever said this looks like PS2 graphics needs to go see an Optometrist and get their eyes checked and stop playing on a 90's Tube TV.
I'm about 9 hours in, and I'm enjoying every minute of it. If you're feeling on the fence about this, I hope my review has helped shine some light for you on this wonderful game and put to bed any doubts you may have. If it wasn't for me being at work today, I 100% would be hunkered down at home playing till I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore.