What an awesome game. It has its flaws for sure and it doesn't hold your hand and guide you so I can imagine a lot of players getting bored or confused with what they have to do. You take on quests and some are main quests that progress the story but they aren't stated as main so it encourages exploration.
Flaws are that it has bad performance in certain places, audio cutting off for a split second during intense fights and my favourite, falling through the floor into the white void. Also the game makes you revisit the same areas far too frequently. It would have been better if they spaced it out more.
Regardless of these flaws the game is still awesome. I can't think of many games that let me climb a monster while my teammates knock it off a huge spiral staircase and then it falls to its death and takes the impact with me on it.
The game can really push you though. I went out to hunt the griffon that flew away to some far away structure and it took me like an hour to reach it. My team was near death and my main pawn fell to her death. Thankfully a guy I helped earlier came out of nowhere and used the item I gave him to destroy it.
What's cool is that you can make a fake duplicate of quest items in case you want to keep the powerful item for yourself. Good thing I didn't do that
Rumour has it, if you play as a female the game is different. Monsters behave differently and it's meant to be easier or something? Strange if it's true.
My companion is called "Serah" on PS3. Take good care of her for me :>
Oh yeah I forgot to mention that the pawn system is so useful. Whoever used my pawn taught her a lot about the quests I hadn't done yet. I had to get this magic tome back from a thief and he challenged me to a fight. Doing so would aggro all the other thieves. Suddenly my pawn told me she knew where it was hidden and led me to it.
Another time I was completely lost and a pawn I hired picked up on that and literally ran ahead of me and led me to my destination.
So I finished the main quest and there's just one thing on my mind. WTF. The story is...Japanese. It's just weird. It gets even weirder after you think you've finished the game. Also this game was clearly made for male gamers as the queen tries to get it on with my female character :S