Its a great RPG if you play RPGs for the gameplay rather than story. The story is painful at time and it's got some of the least likable characters and voice acting ever.
Soundtrack is great, battle system is good, dungeon designs and graphics will make you nostalgia for oldschool RPGs, and the game has it's charm.
I completely understand why people hate it, but personally, I loved it. I recommend skipping most cutscenes and basically speedrunning it, though, otherwise I would have gotten bored. I beat it in 15 hours doing that and I'm no RPG master, you could probably do the same. Also keeps the challenge up. --- http://i38.tinypic.com/15mk29j.jpg