Most of everybody here has already said most of what I may say, but uh. Here’s my take. xD
First and foremost, the presentation in this game is absolutely beautiful! From the GUI, to the character designs (praise Hidari!) the game is an absolute joy to look at.
The character writing is very likable. I know you may not like the actual support system, but the conversations are very well done, and give a good sense of each character’s personality despite most only having 2 in the game. This is probably just because the voice acting is actually very well done.
Oh and, do I even have to say this? The music is lit my guy.
… Now, it’s been a few years, but from what I remember, the game waaaaasssss… not very enjoyable to play.
The map designs I remember being some of the blandest, most unisnpired designs in the series. Seriously, there was one map on a boat, where I literally just set Celica on the bridge between our boat and another boat, and just hit end turn about 6 times waiting for all the enemies to suicide themselves on me lmao. And any maps not on boats, usually just involved huge ass open fields with some forrest tiles… not much in the way of creativity imo.
And apparently the game has no weapon triangle? Um, I guess I’m an idiot because I never noticed this lol. So, there’s that I guess?
I’m actually super interested in replaying Echoes soon, so maybe my opinion will change? Who knows.
The short of it is, everything about the game is amazing except the actual gameplay itself. Kind of a bummer…
But I’d still play it just for the story and characters if I were you. I think they carry the game enough for atleast a single playthrough.