So I just finished the main story last night, and I gotta sag, the battle system threw me off for a while, and the story was a bit cheesy, but the experience was great. Hands down the best characters in a tales game, outside Richard who realy creeped me out at times (his asbel adoration was borderline stalker). I'm probably a bit out there for my opinion, but the humor is what kept me interested. Between the skits, pascal in general, and the hilarious winquotes, I truly loved every minute of the exploration and sidequest venturing. Even the battle system grew on me, though I hate the dualizing and tempering weapons shit. I was using Bryce's Knuckles on Sophie for 70% of the game, cuz nothing else gave her better power. Then I realized when I started to use her that she had no CC compared to asbel who had like 25 at max. Now I use a weapon with half the attack stats and double the max cc. Talk about frustrating.
Just started Lineage and Legacies, which is apparently almost as long as the actual game. Accel mode hasn't impressed me yet, outside a quick way to restore CC for asbel.