Another outstanding Final Fantasy game. The first time I played it some 6 or 7 years ago, I really didn't like it at all. How dare they release this after the untouchable Final Fantasy VII! But as I grew older I came to appreciate the storyline much more. The storyline and the soundtrack are two of the games strongest features.
Many other people disliked this game when it came out and it was slated by fans, but I definitely think now that it's one of the strongest of the 3D releases. I think the NPCs are the most memorable characters in the game, some of the main party become extremely annoying but you can generally forgive their traits as vanities of youth. The final battle is amazing, you do manage to actually empathise with these characters. The Triple Triad minigame adds another couple of hours to the playing time and easily makes up for some of the boring parts of the story.