I didn't make it!
I'm not a big console RPG fan, but alot of people I know hail Chronotrigger as the best RPG of all time.
Not being a console RPG fan, I'm far more inclined to put Planescape: Torment in that chair.
VII was definetly one of the good rpg's, if not the best. Final Fantasy owns the rpg genre, but that'll change with all the crap battle changes they're making with XII and doubtless future games. Anyway, back on topic, I never personally played any RPG better than FFVII. soley in the FF series, VIII comes close, as does VI, bu I think VII is the unchallenged champion of the universe for the forseeable future.
i liked FFVII a lot and i played it the second time through (i dont really replay games that much). so i guess its one of my up the top games.
As a general rule, every game has at least one game that's better than it, for whatever reasons. No game excels in every field - it'll do some things good, some bad, and then another game might succeed where the last one failed, and then might fail where the other game succeeded.
No game is ever truly versatile. It's a double-edged sword.
Like someone who mentioned it above, I wouldn't really call the Final Fantasy series RPGs.The series, like most other console "RPGs", lacks practically all of what makes an RPG... an RPG. I still think they're good games, but I think they're totally in the wrong genre.
I'm not going to go into the flaws of FF7, it'll just be flamebait. People generally can't seem to accept that FF7 isn't perfect, and that like almost all other games, it is in fact is quite far from it. If it weren't called an RPG, then most of those flaws wouldn't count, but the point is, they did call it an RPG, so therefore those flaws* are real.
* Flaws which you can find listed on any forum dealing with RPG games, 9/10 of which will hold dozens of such discussions. That is, before the fanboys jump in like docile lemmings to flame the hell out of the poster without being capable of disproving their evidence, I assume... God, I hate freelance forums.
If it's RPGs you want, the Forgotten Realms series of games (including KotOR - it's not a Forgotten Realms title, but it's basically Neverwinter Nights with lightsabers, so same difference) are games you can't go wrong with. Fable, Elder Scrolls, (and to a lesser extent) Diablo II are the other popular ones, but there are many others out there worth checking out.
Try out a real RPG, and you'll be wondering what the big deal with Final Fantasy games is. They're good (I can't stress that enough - I'm not saying they're bad, so don't jump and start biting), and certainly an enjoyable way to blow 15-20 hours, but having played RPGs of varying kinds for years, I just can't see why they're hailed as the best of the best.
I don't know how, and I don't know why, but this is totally Sheep's fault.