Playing Lost Odyssey is like running into an old friend that you haven't seen in ages. They may be a little more rotund around the edges, a little balder up high, and a little more wrinkled around the eyes, but they still have that spirit and life to them that shows you that the good old days are never that far away. It's fair to call Lost Odyssey an unofficial sequel to the Final Fantasy series, seeing as how it shares so much in common with its brethren. The high production values, outstanding storyline, deep characters, and solid battle system will allow you to forgive Lost Odyssey's other warts, especially if you grew up playing the genre.
Pros: Fantastic storytelling and character development will stir your emotions like few games ever have; outstanding soundtrack and voice acting; classic combat system is helped by a few unique twists; epic fifty hour length with minimal level grinding.
Cons: Uneven graphics and framerate; lots of loading screens; some pacing problems; some frustrating combat and exploration sequences; awkward packaging can lead to damaged discs; save points are too sporadic.
Replay Value: 8.0