I'm extremely pleased with everything about it. The environments looks great, colors were vibrant, Cloud and Barret looked good and fitting, as they should.... all the characters did actually. And I'm completely cool with action-rpg mechanics; It suits VII's sytle in my opinion, and what was shown looked amazing. Label me happy so far.
Yeah, I hate having to go through menus in real time. In KH1 and 2 I was using almost exclusively normal attacks and whatever I had mapped to face buttons, because trying to find the thing you want to use in the menu while enemies are attacking you is just annoying. That's one thing that imho turn based systems (and ATB set on wait) are better at, especially when you have a long list of spells, like FF7.
That said, it's most likely a placeholder menu anyway and final version may look more like XV for all we know.
Shieeeeeeeeet. I wasn't so sure about a combat change, but that looks pretty good (even if we don't know how it works, aside from assumptions). I really like that there's an ATB feel to it and that it isn't purely action-based. Can't wait for them to explain how it works.
Also, unless it's another XV E3 2013 trailer, it looks more advanced than I though it'd be. I wonder if the rumour with CC2 and Unreal 4 is true, then (I had almost assumed it). The wonders a nice engine can make, if true.
Really loving the environmental look. The battle scenes in the plaza look fucking amazing, seriously. I was a bit worried about the artstyle, but it looks more anime-like and less porcelain doll-like (like AC, which I hated).
My only (silly as hell) grip with the artstyle is Cloud's hair and eyes colour, which I'd like to be brighter: after all, he's been under a shitton of SOLDIER experiments. And Barret's sunglasess, not really feeling them, although they don't look too bad.
Also, I hope they keep Barret's over the top personality (keeping the damn stereotypes to zero, this time) as well as Cloud's. Make them as crazy as they were in the game, I want to see some good bants there.
And oh, my man Tetsuya. I'm really happy that he seems to be comfortable with all this: felt kind of bad for him after the whole XV thing. Now we have two big FFs to look forward to.
There is a separate limit break bar, I believe this is some other form of just ability system where you charge up your bar using standard combos and expend it on an ability that uses the entire bar, like a mini limit break.