Not to belabor the point but the Timer system in this game is terrible. The one thing you want to do is explore the world but you simply cannot waste a single moment.
Second why oh why has every "RPG" morphed into a button mashing clone of Kronos/God of War.
The dialogue is terrible, the conversations between Hope and Lightning are unbearable.
Side quests are the only way to level up, and inexplicably, there is a tree that grows as you save souls and somehow expands time. Save the monotonous repetitive side quests and just buy some fertilizer already.
If you are looking for Kronos go for it. If you are looking for a FF game this is not it.