The story doesn't grab me as much as FF8. I like the 'realistic' vibe FF8 went for, rather than the big headed tailed characters in this. And I know that the junction system was hated on by many from FF8, but it feels like a step down not having it in this. The card game is confusing compared to FF8 as well, and the battle system seems more limited as well than the previous game. Everything else is great though.