I have had a great history with Final Fantasy games. I first started back in 4th grade with Final Fantasy VIII. Since then I have grown to the others. An interesting fact about my playing Final Fantasy is that I have started to beat the games in a backward order. I first beat Final Fantasy X. Several years later, I finally beat Final Fantasy IX, than VIII, and finally VII. I am also a huge fan of Kingdom Hearts.
Being the last Final Fantasy I got for the Playstation (I know I should have gotten it sooner), I found the graphics just too unfitting for what I saw was capable later. The story on the other hand was great. There have been things that I have been confused about. How is it Cloud and Sephiroth both be stabbed through the chest and still live, while Aerith gets stabbed through the stomach and she instantly dies. Another thing, How does Cait Sith 2 get Cait Sith's materia after being crushed by the temple? How does Aerith get Marlene to her house in the short time it takes you to get to the top of the support considering how long it takes you to get back to Sector 7? Otherwise, compared to the Final Fantasy games that came out after this one, FF7 seemed to be the simplest to play and understand.
While the enemies leveling up as you do does give a challenge, it gets annoying when going up against extra bosses and while trying to obtain those cool summons like Eden. The whole system was different than any Final Fantasy. You upgrade your weapons which getting the items themselves is a difficult task. The draw system makes magic slightly difficult because if you run out of a certain spell, it is hard to re obtain some like Ultima. The junction system seems to discourage using magic altogether since if you use a juctioned spell, your stats go down. You also barely get to use limits unless you are close to dying, or you use the spell Aura which only raises the chance to get the limit at higher HP.
This one was very interesting. It went back to the main system being MP enabled spells, buying weapons and leveled area monsters. The characters have strange designs though. Quina was very strange being obsessed with eating and using forks as her weapons, though I guess it is just as strange as using a giant key as a weapon. Freya and her people are basically giant rats in clothes and Freya I though was a guy at first. Amarant sprite had what looked like a cloth bowl for hair. The game also features the return of the Four Fiends first with character size sprites and then as semi randomly encounter bosses in the final dungeon. Then there is that final boss that you fight after beating Kuja who you are lead to believe was going to be the final boss.
Being the first Final Fantasy on the PS2 I had high hopes for it. I was first glad that it was on one disc rather then multiple discs. I was also glad that this was the first to have voice actors so you had something other than the music (not that there is anything wrong with it) to listen to.The ultimate weapons though I had a problem with. First you had to find that mirror and then clean it to even unlock the ability to find them. Then to unlock there full potential to had to find the two planet items and take all that to the Macalania Forest so you can unlock the abilities of the weapons. Some of the things you had to do to get the extra summonings really made me mad. Having to collect the items in the Trials to get Anima, paying to you Yojimbo and then paying again to determine his attack. You also never really level up, you just get a number of times to move on the Sphere Grid which gets harder and harder each time and when you don't have the appropriate sphere to active a node you can't go back unless you use moves so you just end up waiting in the same spot until you get the sphere. Unless you you the Sphere Grid, you don't even get a stat boost at all. This was the first Final Fantasy I was ever able to finish.
I haven't even finished it but it was just one disappointment after another. First of the battle system was to hard for me to control. The summons aren't even any of the standard summons, those are used to name airships. The monsters don't look like that have in previous games and there where a lot of new names for some creatures. I am not even going to pretend to understand to limit and summoning systems. Some of the monster levels are ridiculous since I seem to keep having to level up and level up and level up until I can even come close to beating some monsters, like the Black Chocobo.