I'm about 30 something hours into the game (disc 3) and I have to say I'm a little dissapointed. I've played FFVII (my favorite), FFVIII (ok), FFX (good), and FFXII(good, but story was to straight foward and didn't like how everything was linked to your magic bar) (I've also played a FF for the DS, but can't think of what it is right now) and to me as an RPG it's fine, but as a FF it's not up to par.
I do like the combat system. I little more fast pace.
Characters/voice overs are ok (Vanille, Sazh and Fang are probably my favorite)
I like the idea of having the characters spread out and playing them in different locations.
The story isn't all that complex with little plot twist or depth. It's pretty straight forward. There isn't much background history on the characters.
There is no exploring of anykind. Simple, follow the yellow brick road.
I'm up to disc three and have yet to see a side quest or minigame.
I don't like the fact that you can use up all these items to upgrade one weapon and then later find out there was something better and not have enough items to upgrade it.
As I said it's fine as an RPG, but I expect more from a FF game.