In my opinion, the game was pretty fun. I enjoyed the battle system and game play. The camera angles can be frustrating and there is a lot of cut scenes and dialogue to get through. Also, the dialogue itself can be very crude and even pretty offensive! The story wasn't boring and I kept coming back to play more and finish the game. Though I did find ALL the NPC's rather annoying. The stages and dungeons are long and take patience, but in the end, the game is very much worth the time and effort.
Sometimes you get in a groove. You try to level up and maybe you do this over two levels without saving (I didn't see an option for auto saves) and as you are finishing the level to reap your rewards the game freezes. It's not so bad if the levels weren't so confusing. Needless to say I packed it up shortly afterwards to return it. If you hate doing things twice then don't play this game. Apparently it freezes often (after doing online research).
I played this game for several hours and found it enjoyable. As other gamers have pointed out there is a lot of dialogue, but thankfully most of it can be fast forwarded over and doesn't have an effect on the outcome of the game. I can't give a true assessment because they game kept randomly resetting the system. I don't know whether it is a software glitch or a bad disc, but if you enjoyed Tales of Symphonia or other similar RPGs this might be worth a try.