for me it never struck that star eyed fan chord. I quite disliked it, for a few, but “big deals” to me
i loooathed the turn based fighting/“menu combat” as i called it… it was so annoying to me, and i never even completed it myself, traded it in for some shitty star wars fighting game (boy did i get had on that deal ).
And i remember the constant combat music especially was painful to me, like muting it painful. While i could appreciate some of the things the game did, the constant reading i hated too (mind you i was a kid), so despite liking whatever story i did pick up, i felt constantly interrupted -by the game
so when you had games like tomb raider, crash bandicoot, gran turismo, Oddworld, etc etc and tons of other great games that year, (the late 90’s were awesome for games btw, there was really no shortage back then despite everything), i just discarded ff7 or anything else that didn’t grab and hold my attention span “right” -which admittedly was mostly some sort of regular “action’ish” game then
i did learn later that it wasn’t just ff7, but parts of that jrpg format that just didn’t jive with me, i tried again later with ff9(i think?) because cute af, that little wizard hat guy looked awesome, but since it was the same format, i could never get through it.
I could “endure” to watch my roomie play it years later tho, and he didn’t mind the “menu combat” at all, but he did skip the reading, so i probably missed fair bits of whatever game i watched then.
(i even remember getting mad at Suikoden because of the “ambush” combat… srs, you walk down the road, and suddenly, without warning you had to fight someone… again and again and again… no i wouldn’t have it! )
…probably haven’t touched that style of jrpg format of games in ages, “scarred for life”
i did eventually find it sorta funny that those games “annoyed” me so, considering i had no issue with other types of games with partial similar elements,
like Fallout 2(lot of reading there), Xcom, or even Star wars Kotor’s turn based combat even didn’t phase me the slightest, in fact i looove other games’/turn based “genres”.
i don’t know… there was just something about those games that didn’t catch me,