I loved the game but I can say a huge majority of it was completely pointless running around. If you think about it, huge chunk of the game involves you going from one point to another trying to figure out certain answers that Guy, Jade or whoever else knew, already knew.
The skits weren't too interesting either.
Though i enjoyed it for it's battle system, was easier for me to play because it was the first tales of I played with free roaming in battle (it was the 2nd or 3rd tales of game I played). Made surviving a lot easier on higher difficulties and fighting solo more fun.
Luke isn't much of a main character either.