Never has a game made me change my opinion about it so much as TLH. I started of by thinking that it was more style over substance, as i personally feel that the graphics are very good, and spot on for the type of game it is. Then i started to get really in to it, and started to think that it actually was pretty good. This game does take time to love. As many reviewers have said this is a jrpg game, its not like the rpg's that are made in the west. As such it is unfair to judge it against anything that is not jrpg - esque. Yes the story and dialogue are written using the great big book of cliche, yet that is what a jrpg is all about, a hero has to go through a journey, to better themselves and those around them.
I like the way combat is delt with, even though enemy models are recycled for every planet that you walk on, it doesn't really matter, each battle to me felt different, one of my favourite features of the game is the 'bonus board' this becomes active in battle and bonuses can be earned depending upon your performance, such as bonus exp, money etc. The boss fights were a challenge, especially the last one, which took a long time and almost wiped out my entire party.
There are negatives, one for instance is that the game comes on 3 discs, nothing wrong with that i hear you say, well there is when you have to change discs to go back to previous locations, which is annoying.
The most annoying thing that i found though was the save point system. Like many gamers today i am married with a small child, i do not have time to play all weekend like i used to. so not finding a save point for two + hours was annoying.
This is a good game, but not a great game. If this is your first entry in the world of jrpg, then you might not like it, but stick with it as it is very good, and don't go in expecting a Mass Effect clone, as you will end up dissapointed