Otherwise, I dug FF8, despite there being some gaping plot holes (the whole
Guardian forces made me forget everythingplot point was a total cop out in my opinion), needlessly complicating what could have been a very nice fairly straightforward and GOOD story, and the culmination into a ridiculously wacky ending. I liked the town designs, especially Deling City and Esthar. Esthar was f'n awesome. I love futuristic towns like that.
And I think one reason people disliked Squall was because he reminded people of themselves back when they were teenagers and it's a side of themselves people want to forget. I used to be just like Squall when I was 15-16. I cared about people, but I put up a front and often would spout soliloquies in my bedroom behind closed doors to try and make sense of the world and my feelings of it. The only difference between he and I was that he put on a tough-guy front while I put on a more clowny front.
Sure the other characters didn't get much development, but the game was more or less a case study of Squall; big change from games like FF6 that had deep development for everyone.
I liked FF8. I liked the setting and the characters in it. The only thing to me is that the narrative and storytelling could have been much stronger. Many of the accoutrements weren't necessary and bogged down and otherwise nice story.