If the game were harder, I'd probably go check a FAQ from time to time to make sure I don't miss out on it.
Difficulty actually relates more to whether or not you get the hidden stuff. It's not really HARD, ever, but its reputation for extreme easiness comes more from all the hidden stuff you find*.
FFVII's system is more like FFV's in that it's less about being strategically efficient and more about doing Really Cool Shit. Which is sort of what FFVIII was doing but the difference is FFVIII was more about stat min/maxing crap and FFVII is more about coming up with insane materia combos. The former is like looking at spreadsheets. The latter is actually hands on. Which is probably why I actually like FFVII a lot.
* DQ4 actually does something similar although that's less making it easy and more finding an effective alternative to grinding and Square can still go and fuck themselves with a two-sided kangarooster for axing party chat.
Most of the missables were Summon Materia anyways. Everything else was either some crappy piece of equipment that would get outdated soon enough anyways, Turtle Pub Flier#2, some Enemy Skills later in the game, and the Huge Materia.
FFVIII also tried to actively discourage you from switching around your GFs too often with those affinity levels which influenced how fast you could summon that particular GF (though any pro player will tell you to go gently caress those affinity levels after the first disk as GFs are mostly worthless by that point).
Also, I really hope that they keep Party Chat in DQVI (they already overhauled the monster recruitment system, we don't need to loose that too).
That said, Pokes Pearl. Still fishing, fortunately the game decided to throw me a Staryu. With a 5% chance of reeling one in I got one of sufficiently low level upon my first cast. Managed to crit it into a pixel of health left on my second attack, and caught it on my first Pokeball to boot. Now I'm off to catch a Krabby and a whole bunch of other PMons.
MM10 (still not X): Onward through the second Wily Stage. First Wily Stage had some excellent music for the second part.