I've played every final fantasy from 7 - X-2, and they've all been literal garbage compared to the earlier ones.
Why are graphics so important when something like a good storyline makes the game more worthwhile?
I played Chrono Trigger (for the FIRST TIME) while I was playing Final Fantasy X, and I actually stopped playing X because CT just drew me in. Games like that ARE what an RPG is supposed to be. Cliffhanger-y, full of drama, and for CHRIST'S SAKE I CRIED DURING CT.
I also cried during Valkyrie Profile, but that's because the soundtrack is so epic. The focus now is on graphics, not a totally awesome soundtrack or making the characters as 'real' as possible.
Win some, lose some, yes?
_keta, Squaresoft fan since 1991 (when I got Final Fantasy for my NES). ^_^;