I wouldn't play it. I hate the settings. Some of the settings can make it walk for you, and fight for you, and that just makes me hate it. The game is just begging the n00bs to come on and say, "HEY! I CAN PLAY THIS!" Plus I never really liked Final Fantasy because of the fighting mechanic.
I wouldn't say I loved it, but it certainly was fun, much better than 12. Why do I like it? Well, the battles are really fun to fight, although the paradigim system was a bit stupid and I never tire of customising weapons. I know it was a bit linear, but tbh, I never felt it was. The thing I hated most was the crystarium, the way it just prevented you from developing any further at almost every chapter. That and never having any gil lol