Okey, so I got me Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 9 (I didnt get 8 because I read how the spell animations do take an eternity and cannot be broken, which makes fights pretty repetive).
So, I tried out Final Fantasy 7 and got along with the graphics well enough (it IS some years old, after all), but the story just didnt grip me.
I played a while through CD 1 until I got Aeris into the party and left the train graveyard, but after that, I simply kicked the CD out and had no interest in going back. Honestly, the game just didnt grip me and I dont know why people think its so great.
Then today, I popped in Final Fantasy 9, and BOOM! That game gripped me! The graphics were of course a lot better, and I at once fell in love with the intuitive interface (its just soooo much easier to find stuff) and the cool characters (The black mage is my favorite!) also, the first 40 minutes were filled with an interesting idea and innovative developement (black mage joining some thieves to get into the opera, for example) and so, I am pretty much fallen in love with the game.
Now I only hope it'll last longer than a few meekly hours (I've read you can beat the game in 12 hours and it would suck, if it were so short), but I fear for the worst (same happened in Breath of Fire 4. BoF 3 took easy 55-60 hours to complete, BoF4 only around 20 :().
Tell me which is / are your favorite of those three and why.