The Characters suck. There is little to no interaction between them, and the storyline as a whole suffers because of it.
Think about it, who are all the cool characters? The judges, the soldier who helps you (early on, don't remember his name, he joins as a guest and has a big 2h'er), Reddas.
Some of them would be sweet to have in party (well I can see why no judges of course), but instead we are left with characters like Penelo who add nothing to the story. The story could be the exact same w/ just Ashe + Balthier + the rabbit chick (maybe). Vaan is the main character? Wrong, Ashe is clearly who the story develops around. I think Square Enix was really trying to pull off a no romance storyline but so far it has sucked. (I'm about 90% done w/ the game) .
The fighting is better, the liscense + gambit system, all fairly well done, but the lack of storyline and lameness of characters keeps me from being addicted to this game.
Unless the storyline dosn't really get underway w/ untill the last 10% of the game the storyline is about to be the worst of any FF I've played yet.
Anybody else agree?
or at least answer this, WTF is the point of Penelo in this game? Unless something major happens from 90% to completion, she is good for the first 20m when she kind of explains Vaans background through dialogue. That is it.
Edit: Storyline might be better then X-2.