lets see... maybe you are the sissy gamer if you thought the first battles in any FF game were hard?? in fact most of the "random" battles have always been attack attack attack attack fight finished go to menu heal the party.
wait until you actually have access to the whole battle system, and you will see that it is a lot more strategic AND more action oriented than other jrpg's.
character advancement is the weak point of the game, but you will get "job-experience" and a decent equipment system later on.
my impression? (~20 hours in... wait, that was the bad half?? ^^)
- battle system
- visual presentation
- fang <3 ( :P )
neutral (aka: what i expected):
- remaining characters
- equipment system
- character advancement
- the first 2-3 hours ;)