The story soars, but not so often. The dungeons are long and meandering. The gameplay is effective, but not engrossing. It's a staggeringly well-made game that throws more at you than any other RPG on the PS2... but well-made doesn't necessarily mean "fun." It's oddly low-key for a game about armies clashing and magic blasting. Some will proclaim it the most exciting evolution of the FF series yet; more, we suspect, will cast their eyes hopefully towards the future of the series.