Too many Tales games have a set of four elemental dungeons. Well, too many JRPGs do in general, but I think Tales has the most sets per franchise. Just finished Zestiria's set, but Bloodborne's expansion is out now and I am having more fun with that.
I don't mind them. Actually, I think they can be a fun tradition as long they try to do something new with them. I loved the earth trials in Zestiria.
You're chasing a minotaur through the temple because a little girl scared it off. Figthing the boss is one of the first things you do in there, which is kinda cool. Puzzles could have been harder, but the music made that dungeon a pleasure to run through.