Everything looks nice, but then you realize who is doing the story again, and who the main character is.
The story isn't really gameplay related, and I'm planning to import so that makes it even less relevant for me, and Lightning is in my top 3 of FF characters.
My only real concern would be that it does another XIII-2 which is being too easy, though it sounds like the difficulty is going to be more significant where other ff/RPGs usually are not, but that's a subject they haven't fully elaborated on yet, so it's my most genuine concern. XIII-2 had a pretty amazing amount of depth with the monster system but nobody got to see it because of nothing to push you to use it. If you play NCU in XIII-2, you really get to see just how dynamic the monster system is and wish the game played the normal way could have felt that significant in how you choose and use your monsters.