Eh...its closer to final fantasy but you dont have to go anywhere in a specific order. If you want you can go to any place at any time, you don't have to follow the story. that's what I meant. free roam was the wrong term..
It's free roam for the most part, battle is a little different, and it is hard. Strategy is extremely important, and it's not easy to train and level up for boss battles. I love the Dragon transformation though