I put off playing FF9 all these years, because i was lead to believe that it was a mediocre Final Fantasy game, but I was so wrong! I love the game! The characters and setting is so charming! I can't believe I put off playing this game for so long, it is way better than FF8 IMO, Gamespot's score was so off on this one, who agrees?
EDIT: my 5 favorite FF games in order.
3. FF7 (WAY too overrated IMO)