I didn't mind the battles but disliked the lack of experience points. I enjoyed the exploration and thought the story while not the best in the series was pretty good and funny. I was inured at the time I played it so that might have kept me playing through it to the end. I avoided battle as well. I would probably rate it a 6.5-7, had they fleshed out the battle system a bit and added experience points I would have rated it a lot higher.