Best game in the series so far. Changes from the previous entry really make the game feel more dynamic. The story is nothing extraordinary, but feels much more alive in this entry than those prior. In terms of gameplay, one of the most beneficial changes is the move to only having three characters in control at a time as opposed to four or five. At first, I thought this change was strange and would take away from the game. However, I soon realized what a benefit this provided to gameplay. One of the points where I felt I missed out in previous Final Fantasy games was in not utilizing the full complexity of the game's systems. I did this because there seemed to be too much information to easily adapt to, and with the relatively fast paced combat it did not seem practical to learn them. With one fewer character in the ring, more complicated moves and strategies felt much more manageable. I still didn't sink my teeth in 100%, but I did find myself experimenting more with materia and such than I normally would. Other nice features include: a smaller and more manageable cast of slightly less two-dimensional characters, experimental little breaks from the core gameplay, and a quite cool setting. Overall, this is a very strong showing, and not a bad place for someone to jump into the FF franchise.