RPGFan became one of my favorite websites a few months ago, and I've finally decided to check out the editorials page. I didn't have to read too many of the submissions before I became swamped in a bog of opinions and their numerous counterpoints. I guess I'm adding my opinion also. But this is not a counterpoint to someone's comparison of how much better a game is than another, or to bash someone's opinion on how great a game is. This is a counterpoint to all those who use this editorials page to bash some games while glorifying others, and those who let it get to them.
Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. How can someone blatantly tell someone that their opinion is wrong? I'm not even going to name anybody, as there are too many guilty parties. Let's just get one thing straight. Games that are great to some are considered shelf fodder to others. I've seen comparisons between games like Xenogears, Albert Odyssey, the FF series, and so on. Come on, people. These games are all different in the own right. Some are so different, that comparison is not really necessary. Xenogears had a very complex and interesting storyline, along with a great battle system. I bought it. Albert Odyssey is a very simplistic fantasy, with cookie cutter characters, and a hilarious translation that only Working Designs could conjure. I finished it within two rental periods. Final Fantasy 3(6) sports a very mature story, crossing many lines that censor-savvy game producers might have been too cautious to attempt. I'm in the process of playing it right now, as I was not an RPG player from the beginning. On a side note, I was one of those who was pulled in by the initial eye-candy of FF VII, but I have shown my new respect for the genre by playing, and enjoying older RPG's, as much as I enjoy the new ones.
I guess I have a broad taste in games. Others might not like complex storylines, or too simple ones. My point is, enjoy the games for what they are, not based on your experience with another. If you like it, play it. If you're not sure, rent it first. If you like complex stories, I recommend Xenogears and FF Tactics. If you enjoy more lighthearted affairs, I'd go with Albert Odyssey or Grandia. If you want beautiful graphics with equally beautiful stories, the FF series is the way to go (The older FF's were beautiful compared to the others at the time).
I haven't even touched on several games that I liked or disliked. I just didn't gel with some, but I'm not going to bash on their stories or battle system just cause I didn't like it. I wouldn't want someone to counterpoint with a bash on a game that I really like.