A well made game, but ultimately a failure for me. Just going to copy/paste my steam review.
This is a tough game to recommend for a few reasons… It’s a game that gives you a lot of quality of life improvements, but then those quality of life improvements tend to trivialize the game. This game has a 4x speed option, and pretty comprehensive AI management in the form of “gambits”. The end result of this is, you spend 99% of your time in 4x speed mode, with your entire party on autopilot. This is great from a ‘I’d like to power level my characters’, view, but bad from an immersion and connection standpoint. This mechanic extends to boss fights as well. Once I’m done trying to steal something, it’s just put the game on 4x speed and watch the boss die in about 20 seconds.
By all accounts, this is a “good” final fantasy game, but it left me feeling cold. I’d recommend it to people that are fans of the series, but other than that I’d probably pass…as your choices are largely meaningless. The job system, which should be a source of many hours and replays, ends up being a sort of…well…a ‘so what’ affair. 20 something tiers of accessories, armor, weapons, etc. /snore. You do get access to higher spells, better weapons, better armor, but…does any of that matter when the combat is just an endless series of your party auto running to the next mob and killing it in 2 seconds? This is the crux of the problem with the game. The basic gameplay loop does not change, at all. The fights you engage in will have very little to differentiate them, regardless if you are level 5, or level 90.
I think their heart was in the right place with this game, but the culmination of the gambit system, and the literally braindead/mindless combat, makes this game a real snoozefest.