There is some interesting stuff there... but it feels like a single-player MMO. And the balance feels off, and the whole thing feels slower than something like Xenoblade. At least that game sees battles moving briskly. Then the stupid License system. Gah, that was a terrible idea. And honestly, if people complained about lack of control in FFXIII, they should really gripe about FFXII, as the crux of the game is the Gambit system, in which you basically piece together your party members' AI yourself.
I mean, I can see where the interest could be there. I put 30 hours into it, for crying out loud. And there are periods where it's great fun. But the pacing is all wrong, and while the story is interesting, that pacing just ruins things for me. And I always feel like I'm not playing the game right. It's disconcerting. At least with something like KOTOR, I feel like I'm progressing appreciably.