Did you turn the game off as soonAfter theydestroy Kefka. I wish there was more story moments with the characters. Also some signs that they're progressively building back the world.
VI planted the hype seeds for VII, especially with the video game magazines back thenI haven't seen anyone attribute the mainstream success of Final Fantasy to this game. It was definitely VII. VI didn't sell especially well., or grow the fanbase for the series in a tangible way.
Agreed on the game being a bit rough on spots, and character arcs aren't very satisfying. Yet speaking of battles and traversal, it was ahead of the curve. This game isn't grindy, and the battles are quick enough. Random encounter rate is high, but you get a moogle charm for the last third of the game that alleviates the issue.
While I wouldn't agree that VII only had the visuals going for it-- the rest is largely correct. IV was marred by a great deal of cringe and those of us on the "internet" back then mostly couldn't play V, and had to get news/feedback from those who did. VI was the first time you could look at what they were trying to do and agree they'd accomplished the mission. VII had the casuals frothing and those who'd been playing FF games since the NES were puzzled.Still remember picking it up and playing it the 1st time when it was released. The intro march into town was mind blowing.
You can tell who came to the series later. As someone who started with FF1, I can tell you 6 has more than earned it’s hype.
Also 7 is actually over hyped. Only thing it had going for it was next gen visuals.