for my part a lot of my initial dislike of ffxii is due to the fact that ffxii feels like a bastardized offline version of ffxi in a different setting. another problem initially was the difficulty. ffxii tries to get you think differently and if you dont you will pay. it wasn't until i started defering to gamefaqs that i realized just how important status effects are in ffxii and i'm the type that tends to ignore status effects and elemental magic in favor of brute strength in most rpg's. and you know i never would of even thought to drain mp from my own summons.
on the thought of games that critics love that i hate a big one for me is dragon quest VIII. i honestly think back in the day dragon quest 1 was more enjoyable than DQ8.