100% agree, I'm a avid jrpg player and this has got to be one the worst jrpgs ever, I wanna pull the main character from the screen and choke him for whining too much >_> makes hope from FFXIII tolerable when compared.
Yep, FF13 is a masterpiece compared to TLR. Not only is the protagonist the stereotypical whiny boy, the American voice acting is atrocious and the story could be taken out of a book titled "typical JRPG tropes". The equipment system is fucking terrible. You can't even equip the other characters, it has a certain random loot grinding nature to it. You have to fight in the same area for hours in hopes of some rare monster spawns while the character that can equip the item it drops is in your party. And even then, be ready to rage because it may drop the new gear after hours of trying to get it to spawn and you have the character in your party and he doesn't ask if he can have it for some unknown random reason that is not well explained. Also, the side quests are boring as shit and there are probably a hundred hours of repeating the same dungeons with a new door that opened up for the quests.
I guess what I'm trying to say here is that while $3 isnt much money, this game is so bad that you shouldn't play it at any price. You would have a more enjoyable experience playing almost any other game.
If you get this anyway, use an online guide through the entire game, it will save you from hitting your PC with a ball bat when you realize you have to start over if you want the good shit that you missed since every fucking thing is a one time chance per game.