OR YOU WEREN'T THERE MAN, YOU WEREN'T THERE!
As someone who's favourite game will always be Final Fantasy VII, writing an unbiased article about it has been pretty difficult.
Here's the thing: An awful lot of people- including myself- claim Final Fantasy VII to be the best games of all time.
Here's the other thing: The vast majority of those people played the game not too long after it's release. Ask anyone- even Google, why Final Fantasy VII is one of the best games ever and you're likely to find a lot of people giving you their list of reasons. My first memory of playing the best game ever was back when Playstation magazine included free demo discs that held a list of short demos of upcoming releases along with a (usually) pretty awful indie game. I was roughly 7 years old when the FFVII demo came to one of those discs. Me and my friends played it right up until it ends where Cloud outruns a group of Shinra soldiers by jumping onto the roof of an incoming train passing under the bridge directly beneath him, 90's action movie style. I loved it so much that I irritatingly tried to force anyone who had a ps1 to play it. I still preached about it in my teens to my classmates--who at this point in time were enjoying the GTA era on the ps2, So the idea of playing a pretty old looking game with pretty boys and turned based action usually resulted with a pass.
I could bore you with how deeply this game is integrated into my life at some point in some way, but instead, I'm going to tell you a few pretty understandable reasons why someone may not like the best your favourite game ever.
Yeah, okay so it was 1997 this game came out. 3D was still an early learning point for a lot of game companies including Squaresoft (now Square Enix) but let's face it. Unless you were there at the time, no one is going to be drooling over playable lego characters and cutscenes that look like a weird Playmobile role play video from 'that side' of Youtube.
THE BAD TRANSLATIONS
If you're familiar with 80s-90's anime, you may have been exposed to some of the awful, pretty inaccurate and mostly cringy subs or dubs available at the time. The same goes for a lot of games that originated from Japan. There's a lot of things in FFVII from abysmal grammar typos to things that just don't add up to missed punchlines. Nothing that would particularly ruin the story, but it does give a pretty jarring experience in some cases.
SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T LIKE JRPG'S
Or RPG's in general, for that matter. Although some of the newer Final Fantasy's being a little more up to date with AAA games (you can hack and slash people up every time you hit a button rather than selecting a command and waiting). Back in the 90's, I remember RPG's still being quite new to a lot of gamers. "Why can't you just hit them with X?" were issues a lot of fellow gamers would bring up. It's also quite a big change if you're used to only playing Westernised games. Gameplay, style and just how people talk to one another are pretty big differences in games depending on where they're from. It can seem a little jarring if you're not used to it.
To conclude, The best game ever isn't perfect. But the upcoming remake has potential to fix a lot of that. XV was aimed at FF fans and newcomers alike, and I think the remake could work really well with having the same aim.
but I will leave you with at least trying Final Fantasy VII. It may not be your jam, but there's a reason it's so popular and I know a lot of people who have played the game very recently and have enjoyed it just as much if they were there for it back in "the day". Sometimes, I think what makes a perfect game lies in how imperfect it is.