One of the greatest games in an amazing series known as Final Fantasy. Probably one of the least, yes least over-rated games ever. It is widely talked about but not over-rated, if you want to know what over-rated means look at Halo.
The game has a great story, but the majority of people who say it is bad don't take the time to look into it and just focus on the obvious parts that don't need dialogue to understand therefore not really knowing about it.
The game is long enough to introduce the characters and have time to build them up. That along with side quests.
The leveling system is traditional with the EXP. points but using the materia system(I wont go into detail) it keeps the game interesting and gives a reason to spend more time leveling.
The reason people think it is over-rated is because it was popular at the time because of the graphics and such and the reason no one likes it now is because they are too obsessed with fancy graphics and voice acting because they were spoiled by there parents and bought FF10 the day it came out without playing any other FF game until after that. And because they know they will still be spoiled they can't seem to focus on good game play or storyline rather than good graphics and voice acting with no need to become stronger to fight a boss other than with the EXP. they got from a previous boss fight. Just another example of the low intention span of video game players today. Am I in the ballpark?
As far as people who say that games before FF7 are best, well I haven't met many people like that so i haven't had time to evaluate those reasons.
Virtually everyone at my school,"Final Fantasy 7 sucks FF10 rules"
Me, " read what I just posted"