I don't know if my thoughts on the game are at all interesting or helpful, but on I go. 8D I am, of course, from the UK, so my copy of the game was the American one, imported by nefarious means from Hong Kong. >)
I think it took me about forty hours to complete the game. And a lot of that was levelling up and doing side missions. I thought it was cute. Not spectacularly heavy on plot, with a somewhat unsatisfying ending, but I did enjoy playing it and my attention didn't wander from it too much. The secret ending was kinda cute, but not worth all that effort!
The gameplay was okay. It could be frustratingly like Tactics Advance (i.e. very frustrating and slow), and a lot of the side missions were annoyingly hard. I wish I could've set more gambits. The summoning was pretty useful, though it annoyed me that you can't summon more than one level three monster at once. If I could've summoned Mateus twice, oh the havoc I could have caused. It isn't hard to get all the pacts, and I had piles and piles of auracite left once I'd finished the ring of pacts.
The graphics during the FMVs were gorgeous. The graphics during normal gameplay were okay, but I wish that when the 'camera' zoomed in, they'd looked a bit
less pixellated. Still, maybe I'm just spoilt by the expressiveness of the faces even in normal scenes, in FFXII itself.
All in all: it was fun, and a challenge, but I needn't have put off writing for my claim at the_sandsea
in case new revelations about character came up.