I'm also of the opinion that FF7 just isn't as good as a number of other console RPGs I've played, but I liked FF8 far less. I don't think FF7 got overrated though, people do have differing opinions. My main problems with the game were the story, which I understood - and the game had a number of very cool scenes - but it failed to impress anything epic into me, as well as the customization. The materia system made your party extremely customizable, which I loved, but none of the characters felt very unique outside of the storyline. Sure, Barrett shot with his hand, Cloud sliced with his sword, etc, but powers were determined by materia. I loved the uniqueness in FF6(3 USA - my absolute favorite next to Xenogears) where there was the one thief who was majorly cool, the one engineer which rocked, one guy who had the unique blitz attack, etc. Still, the music was grand (I have 3 versions of the soundtrack) and like I said, there were a fair number of awesome scenes. Plus the variety of materia out there really let you tailor the party, but the game becomes way too easy at that point, even if you don't find the hidden materia/limit breaks. I didn't find it as enjoyable as a number of others, but I still found it a pretty good game.