Personally I think FFVII is my favorite but I liked FFVIII and FFIX. Final fantasy 7 changed everything for me and basicly got me into RPG's. When I first played it I was skeptical and thought it was stupid...but then. After about 6 hours into it I was hooked. I had played earlier FF games but wasn't really impressed, lack of patience maybe. FF10 was only ok to me, I agree with you on the voice adaptation system it totally took away from the originality of the game. Now don't get me wrong I played FF10 to the end but it wasn't as fullfilling as 7-9. FF8 was a must have no matter what because of 7's success and I think they did a good job, but the "life-like" people were a bit distorted. The damn skill system was kinda wierd too, I didn't like it much. The CG scenes were a definite improvement over 7 and held about the same feeling though. FF9 came back to basics so-to-speak. Lil' people again^^ The story was great and following all of FF's games full of emotion. The combat system was cool and easy to use. Overall I think FF9 was a bit better game gameplay wise then FF8. I still love 7 tho.