You could also name this thread "Xenogears the thread". Disk one had a good balance of going through dungeons and going through cities, cutscenes, ect. Disk 2 is hour long cutscene followed by hours of same-y looking dungeons that were needlessly long and really turned up the random encounter rate by 1000%, I imagine so you wouldn't be under leveled for the final boss, but some of these dungeons were ridiculous, and it was literally go through this gigantic dungeon then watch an hour long cutscene, wash, rinse, repeat. It was tiresome and seemed like the second disk took forever despite being a lot shorter in play time to the first.
This is why despite the story being arguably better, I prefer Xenoblade Chronicles ( and X) as a whole when talking about best games in the series.