is it ok for me to think this is the best final fantasy in years?
Yes, because it is. It is everything a Final Fantasy game should be and more.
I've been saying that too. Heavensward is completely awesome. The main story is interesting, well-paced (especially for an MMO), and feels super Final Fantasy.
Also seriously the soundtrack:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6rEU_-_P-g (Forelands theme, same melody as below)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCXfzpTUu8I (dungeon name spoilers)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe9mLH3egLg (ishgard night-time in the Foundation)
I can't say enough good things about it right now.