I liked it. I didn't find the characters nearly as annoying as a lot of other people did, and enjoyed the story thoroughly, which hit plenty of right notes with me. I loved the pacing, music, and artwork especially. The only things I didn't like were the linearity and the combat, but even then I found they worked with the game, even if they weren't to my tastes. It's far from my favorite Final Fantasy game, but it's still one of the most enjoyable JRPGs I've played this generation.