I think this game had some true potential. Lots of great content, but the card game made me want to race through the game (oops!) just to finish it. The content is worth the play, if you can get around the goofyness/annoyance of the card game combat system.
The graphics are excellent but they do not make up for the control. On the GBA version the limitations make the gameplay modifications acceptable but they are unacceptable on a console system that has not only better graphics but more buttons on the controller. If I had to describe the gameplay I would compare it to an action game that requires the player to get a full house in poker to jump or attack. The card system ruined the game for me. There’s a reason that the later games did not use this format, it doesn't work.