I love open world games and exploration and for myself I dislike linear games but while being linear... the world feels alive making it feel less linear also because the game has a ton to do, extra dungeon/hidden aeons and stuff I don't want to spoil but all the extra stuff makes it easily one of the longest games if you want to platinum it. I loved the combat/sphere grid in fact the sphere grid is still my favourite way of upgrading your character. The music is great and the story may be annoying/entertaining depending on your taste but at the end of the game I cared about most of the characters.
Also their is also technology in the game but it is a whole subplot.
Thanks for helping me out man .. i get that they had to create different worlds and designs for every FF game but i'm just not feeling it with this one.
So you are saying that gameplay and combat is awesome ?