So far, so good.
After like... Chapter 2, the frequency of the Imperial troop drops on your head while exploring can be very annoying. Kind of wish those would reduce. But they are easily avoidable, and your teammates warn you in advance. (Still annoying when they drop on top of you during a big quest fight).
Fights can get very hectic very fast. What starts as a single fight with a big enemy, ends up with two or three groups joining in. But magic is actually very powerful (though quite limited). A single -aga spell can eliminate a whole group of enemies in one shot if aimed right. Can also damage your own teammates if not careful. But I still get a chuckle when some Imperial troops drop from the sky, only to die nearly instantly as I target them with a Blizzaga attack.
The scenery is great. I actually look forward to road trips. You can get perks that let you earn small amounts of AP for long trips. So you get to enjoy the games scenery, listen to some character moments between your teammates, have Prompto randomly stop the trip because he thinks one spot looks great and would make for some good pictures (usually do) and still progress your characters a small bit while doing so. No one apparently wears seat belts, and if you slam on the brakes while cruising along, everyone slams forward violently and your character apologizes for it. Though during the times when a character is standing up in car or sitting on the back of the convertible (ya, they do that) they don't go flying out of the car.
Lots of stuff available to do in the game. Helping Cindy improve your car, working with a group of hunters to find their members (This seems to be the main side quest line designed to get you to relatively remote areas outside the main quest path). Exploring different towns, buying up all the sound tracks to pretty much every FF game in the past so you can listen to it on your car stereo and also on your portable player. Also, one teammate is obsessed with Chocobos:
I'm waiting for the moment when we are driving down the road and Gladiolus throws Prompto out of the car as we are driving over a big gorge.
Like a handful of FF games in the past, story line missions and such do not seem to scale with your level. So when I reached the end of Chapter 1 and was at level 10-12 or so, the enemies in the story mission were all level 3-4. So they were relatively simple.
At level 15-20, I have tried my hand at fighting the level 30 big-baddies that spawn at night. They are doable, and if you are good at using the dodge/parry setup, likely very easy. The reward for the fight is minimal though, you are better off spending your efforts somewhere else to increase level or explore.
Overall, with about 29 hours of playtime under my belt, I think I'd put it about an 8/10. It's a solid game. Definitely not what many people would want from a Final Fantasy game though. But still a good game. I have not used the "Wait Mode" yet. Which apparently pauses battle when you stop moving (and has some sort of rechargeable time gauge) and allows you to make more strategic choices. There is a whole perk tree for the Wait Mode to improve thing and various bonuses when using it. With the movie, and mini series, prequels to the game, they have done a good job building up the world and story.
Now to just finish my Master Electrician code update exams and catch up on my TV shows. Then I can get back to playing more.
Edited, Dec 6th 2016 11:33pm by TirithRR