Hated it at first, but I'm glad I gave it another try.
After letting the game sit for over a year, I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did.
Instead of focusing on what the game lacks, I focused on what it DID have, which is a decent battle system, if you take the time to figure it out, level up your characters appropriately, and figure out good strategies for battling certain enemies, the game becomes so much more rewarding.
I would almost describe this game as a fighting game with RPG elements. If you keep that in mind, it should be a rewarding experience.