I love this game, the intro is AMAZING and makes me wish they just made a anime of it.
Have not played it in years, but I recall it being a JRPG story line but with the "Monster Battle" and breed idea.
Also you could see the monsters, iirc the was no "random" encounters. Also you can battle not just your monsters
If you are into JRPGs or Pokemon kind of games, this is a good one.
I do not agree with him 100%, loved the story and the twists and did not think it was cheap but good overview