OK, I'm happy to report I got FF VIII for Christmas today(Still need to get FF IX), and after three hours of playing and expecting a crappy game, I have yet to find one. I'm getting a good story, great graphics and music, an OK battle system(Not the best, but I was expecting something nearly unplayable, and what I got works just fine.), and...Well, I just like it. Here's what will irk people: I just can't see why people prefer VII over this and all the other FFs. After playing 6-10, I can say that VII is my least favorite of all of them. The characters don't have a lot of personality, the graphics suck, the music is grating and depressing, the Materia system is annoying, and everything just seems long, frustrating, and boring. The only reason I'm still playing is because I want to one day have the honor of finishing every Final Fantasy game. So, can someone explain to me why the popular opinion is "VII rocks, VIII blows"? I just don't get it.