At this point, most of what remains is simply the idea that I liked it. And I did! There's no denying that.
I'm positive that if you were to replay it nowadays, you'd enjoy it immensely still. I've replayed XIII throughout the years and I always do love it every single time. It took me a long of time to play it due to the ongoing hate bandwagon unfortunately, but when I finally gave it a chance, I just loved it. I do agree that the very prologue of the game takes some adjustment, but once it gives you the power to experiment for a bit, then it really starts to shine.