I'm actually a fan of Final Fantasy, played almost all of them and FF7 is nowhere NEAR the best.
The only reason it has hype is due to it being the first 3D Final Fantasy game. But overall, I could tell you that FF6, FF2, and FF12 are better than 7. Easily. I could also tell you that Final Fantasy really isn't much of an RPG.
You're not even really playing a role of any kind. They're the ones in control, all you do is move them and level them up.
[color="DeepSkyBlue"]Listen up maggots, Mr. Popo's 'bout to teach you the pecking order.
It goes you, the dirt, the worms inside of the dirt, Popo's stool, Kami, then Popo.
~Mr. Popo, Dragonball Z Abridged[/color]