I have been gaming for a long time. I am 30 years of age, and I have my share of systems. From the Atari 7800 to the Wonderswan so I know gaming. Also, I am a developer to boot.
With that said, I think this game is a great game for any adventure lover. I myself, love adventure games like The Legend of Zelda series as well as Ico. I am not saying that this game is up there in terms of quality, but I will say that this game doesn't deserve the negative review scores that some sites have given it.
I have just finished the second boss battle, and let me tell you, it has my full attention now. Some sites were talking about the backtracking in the game....that's bull. If you are a person who wants every treasure there is to collect, then you will back track a lot. I am that person so I can verify the back tracking aspect.
I will admit that the combat has not changed that much, but you will be so enthralled with the game that you will not notice the repetitive combat. Put it this way, if you play fps's, then all you do is shoot right? Not all fps's are like that, but most of them are. This is not a jab at fps's, I am just giving another prospective to the term repetitive.
I am 7 hours and 36 minutes into my adventure and like I stated above, I have just beaten the second boss and now headed to the next area. I will give you a little insight on the second boss fight. Majin has acquired the electricity ability so you will use this to fight this boss. What happens is you will have to line some electrical conductors up to get the Majin to strike it with it lighting ability. When you have them lined up the way you want, you get the Majin to hit the gong to make the boss come towards the sound. When he comes over, you have to get the Majin to use his electric ability on the conductors. This is a vague description, but I just wanted to explain a little bit of the game.
Lastly, I want to say something about the voice of the Majin. When you start to get into the game and learn more about the story, you will come to love this guy. I genuinely care what happens to the big guy. He has such personality, and that is whats lacking in todays games. You will start to care about the Majin and the annoying voice will become a joy.