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I have it. =) I love it. It's very linear, quite FFX like, but skippable cutscenes. I haven't gotten that far on it, but I think there's parts that are less linear. But I lurrrve it.
its a really good game. the only reason i havnt finished it is because im stuck on a boss. (it happens in every final fantasy)
sometime soon i will start the game again from the beginning, but put a lot more attention into the growth and abilities of my characters.
its linear up to about chapter 10. (there are 13 chapters), chapters 11, 12 and 13 is where the majority of the game is, and the linear stuff goes away.
dont let the chapters put you off though.
chapters 1 - 10 is short compared the the rest.
and in my opinion i never found the linear gameplay to be a problem. i still found it very enjoyable.
i really reccomend picking it up. you should be able to pick up a second hand copy, in pretty good condition too, since i bet theres loads of people that traded this game in after not playing it much.