.HACK, Xenosaga, schlock PS2 JRPGs worth playing?
Hey all, know that I'm a fan of schlocky Japanese console RPGs as long as they're not obsessively complex or difficult. I like somewhat interesting characters, I really like an interesting story (read Odin Sphere, FFX, FFX-2, Shadow Hearts 1+2, Persona series, etc). PS2 seems inundated with console RPGs, the only problem is that about half of them I'd call "worth playing', half of them I'd call "Don't even bother playing, even if you get the game for free".
I've given these titles (dot-hack, Xenosaga) a miss, because at the time they were just too franchise-y. Now I can pick them up for pocket change, the question is "Is muddling through them worth it"?
So, for those who have played either series, could you tell me what you thought of them?
If you have other console RPGs for the PS2 that you'd recommend, feel free to hit me up (although I've played a TON of them), but I'd like to focus particularly on the dot-Hack and Xenosaga series.
Also, please no J-RPG console game hate. I love fun RPGs of all kinds (recently Fallout 3), I'm exploring those PS2 franchises that can now be found in virtually every bargain bin across the country.