The characters, dialogue, and anything else related to the story are laughably bad. No world map, no NPC's, no exploration. It is basically run straight down a corridor, watch a cutscene, and fight a few times. Repeat those three steps in different intervals until you've beaten the game.
It is a terribly flawed game that I am slogging my way through only because of the music, graphics, and a slight sense of nostalgic duty to beat all of the proper FF releases. I paid about 20 bucks for the game, so I'm satisfied. The series has evolved in the wrong way though, there is no denying it.