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A good JRPG that suffers from all the ills typical of JRPGs: cliched plot, horrible character designs, and wooden dialogue. The combat played a major part in my finishing it, however, as it was really nice to fight in real-time and use some cool special attacks. I absolutely HATED the real-time menu system though. The game sort of falls apart at the end, with the bullshit last dungeon and lame last boss fight.
I still like to play these types of games now and then, but I don't see how much more life the genre has left in it. Japan has basically been recycling the same formula for more than a decade, and it's really showing its age.