Aren't they remaking this game? If so, should I hold off playing it for the first time until then? I'm playing my first ever FF game (IX) and I am enjoying it, though it feels dated in a bad way with controls. Should I even bother with two games PRIOR to 9? I like SNES era games, but hate N64 ones.
It is still one of the most beautiful games (I mean in terms of music, art direction, scope, etc.) ever made IMO.
The atmosphere is still off the charts. If you can enjoy the SNES era games, FF7 is a no brainer. It's still IMO one of the greatest games ever made. And the great thing is it's not one of those games that takes *forever* to get good, the story is really good and fast moving right from the start basically.
It's a better game than FFIX ... IX is fun and charming, but VII has a more powerful story and atmosphere. Plus the 3x speed option really makes the game a lot easier to play (that's not in FFIX either).