I agree completely, Eusis. And Aeolus, you are coming across as a rediculous fanboy. Seriously, "the most solid console title in the last decade"? Really? Come on. Even if you love the game, objectively, it's not that "solid," there are some serious design and plot flaws, as Eusis pointed out. What makes the game so solid? It really isn't that innovative, other games have done flying better, and while the WiiMote Plus action was interesting, it was certainly not a game changer. I wouldn't say that the dungeons are perticularly clever (save some of the time shift stuff). Honestly, there's nothing particularly special about SS at all, so I don't understand how you could consider it "solid". It's a great game, but stacked up against Xenoblade, Mass Effect 2, Assassin's Creed II, Dragon Quest VIII, Okami, compared to those it's downright flimsy.
I took a break from Xenoblade to play SS, and honestly, by comparison, SS is unbelievably lazy. It feels like more work went into one region of Xenosaga than the entire world of SS. And SS has HORRIBLE recycling, HORRIBLE. Okay, in the past we've had to revisit areas, but usually they've been changed, it's a different era, a dark world, or some big event has changed those areas into something different. Not only does SS just completely recycle it's regions with little alteration, it does it TWICE! Then I turn to Xenoblade, who's regions are emense, chalk full of interesting alien contours, secrets and exploration that must have taken months to design, and they don't recycle ANYTHING! And SS had a full length, if not long, development time, over 4 years. For the amount of time that went into it, I'm just not all that impressed when I look around and see what else is out there.
But still, for what it's worth, it's a good game, a solid 7/10, maybe 8/10. It's just really hard to have a lot of amazement when games these days have you running across entire cities and continents with individually sculpted landforms and architecture, with unqiue story arcs and great dialog (not that Xenoblade neccessarily qualifies). I get if that SS is your thing, but by most objective comparison, SS isn't really that amazing.