Its strange, I think alot of whats said here is very valid, but I never seem to, at least not to myself, think about such things. Like for instance I got Assassins Creed 2 from Gamefly earlier, and my biggest issue, and the reason im sending it back for something else, is because I hated the whole climbing/jumping control aspect. It was just that one thing that drove me completely insane. Same with FFXIII, I just hated the battle system they used, and it really ruined it for me..especially once things got hard (at least for me). But then you have games like this, where I am completely enjoying myself. I might find a few of the lines to be a bit cheesy here and there, but overall its nothing like the above examples that affects me. I ended up keeping Golden Sun since with my coupon and discount I got it for just over 20 bucks, but I think I would have been completely happy paying the full amount for it.
Yeah, everyone has that game where it works perfectly for them, even though others can come up with a number of complaints. I know I did not like the first Golden Sun, but whenever I explain my reasonings for fans of the game, they can never seem to get it. It was perfect in their eyes. I can't blame them, since most of my problems with it also exist in Breath of Fire and Final Fantasy 4, yet I liked those games for some reason I can't explain. Just hit the right notes I guess.
Now, I haven't played The DS Golden Sun, but it sounds like it would be a bit more enjoyable. It's still sounds too easy, but easy games have a place in my collection, too, I suppose, especially now that Chrono Trigger and M&L: Partners in Time have been beaten.
And speaking of Partners in Time, that's my game where I think it's perfect even though others are always pointing out flaws. I just didn't have any problems with it, it did everything I wanted it to do and more and I enjoyed every second of it.
And I see we both disliked the battle system in Final Fantasy XIII. Interesting.
Sometimes I feel like I play Devil's advocate to a lot of peoples opinions here.... que sera...