The opening sequence complete with ship battle. This comic summarizes it pretty nicely.
Vyse and Aika's introductions makes for a pretty cool opening, but Dyne's introduction... *Bang* "That's funny, I only count four of you." This game made it clear from the start that even the secondary characters were going to be awesome.
Your first ship battle, an entryway to new levels of awesome.
Vyse infiltrates Valua, sneakes in through the catacombs, kills an acid-spitting monster, rescues his friends and family and killed their would be executioner (without rest after the acid monster). He realizes Fina's not with them so he does the logical thing... jump on the train and beat up the guards to get to her. He's cornered by the toughest mofo in the game and escapes by his friends blasting the train in half.
Pick a storyline-based ship battle. Standouts include Belleza for strategy and Vigoro for ballsyness... multiple De Loco defeats. Watching that sadistic bugger go nuts and fall into the clouds, angrier each time, was always fun.
Liberating a Slave Race with one ship and four people.
Centime gets one for disarming De Loco's deathtrap.
Taking Grendel out... by making him fall over! Grendel is a giant humanoid Gigas that breaks islands with its bare hands.
The entirety of the Delphinis's first flight is amazing. From the moment you get your first look at the ship, to when it powers up and starts moving, to when the "battle" starts and you get a look at it's Stats (4x as much health as the Little Jack!). At this point, the player is likely thinking: "Holy Shit! This ship is Awesome!! And I get to Use it!!!"
Enrique's showing Cruel Mercy to Muraji as the latter begs for his life and the subsequent game of Chicken with Vigoro.
The pirate attack on Crescent Isle, many invasions of Valuan space, the amazing Colosseum rescue, descent into the local equivalent of the deep ocean to search for Fina's ship, that first entrance into the Dark Rift... more awesome-for-your-buck than most RPGs out there.
The Silvite elders blocking the enemy's moon-shatteringWave Motion Gunwith their own space station. Which then crashes into the lost continent and makes the glowing panels comprising its force field fly up into space. Attacking the last of the Valuan Armada with an army composed of Blue Rogues, the entire Yafutoman navy, and all the Air Pirates of the world, both Blue Rogues and Black Pirates is pretty damn awesome too.
The Gondor Calls for Aid moment is epic, as it shows how much of a Captain Vyse has become. To show how respected he has become, the trope is inverted. That's right, in the world's moment of desperation, the aid unanimously calls for Gondor!
The ending gives closure to the game and has such crowners as: Air Pirates Fina and Cupil, Drachma dying a happy fisherman, and Enrique marrying Moegi and beginning a new Valuan Empire.
Belleza sacrificing herself to blow up Galcian, taking him out just when it seems like he's about to get away. and he can't do jack shit about it.
Most of Vyse's speeches are awesome.
"Impossible is just a word people use to feel good about themselves when they quit."
"No one's escaped because I've never tried."
Vyse's speech to the citizens of Esperanza shows him as an awesome Hope Bringer. For context, Vyse questions them on how to get through the Dark Rift, a dark vortex in the skies nearby that has never been sailed through. The citizens, several of them retired sailors who tried previously and failed, proceed to laugh at Vyse and mock him. As Vyse prepares to leave, he proceeds to give one of the most awesome "The Reason You Suck" Speech ever in a video game to everyone present, sending them into a shamed silence. This line says it all;
Vyse: If you lose sight of one dream, replace it with another.