Not really. Final Fantasy has always been in a corridor for the most part. Try taking a " different path" in 4.
And yet every other game has managed to give you the illusion of freedom by giving you a world map to do with optional side quests and things to scope out on it.
Final Fantasy X offered you a world map... in the final section of the game. A world map where you clicked and chose what location you wanted to go to. Certainly a long way removed from that feeling of awe when you first step outside of Midgar, that's for sure.