The black sheep of the FF series was always FFIX, or so I thought
Anyway FFVIII and FFIX are my favorites off FF (along with X)!
They had the most incredible plots, gosh how I cried when Rinoa had to parts ways with the group and squall just because that bitch Ultimecia possessed her,
god I love FFVIII, even though the jucntion thing was sometimes annoying, I love this game, just love it (100% same goes for IX) so if there would be VIII-2 and IX-2 I would probably serve every square-enix worker a free service of...nevermind what
Yeah I'm exaggerating but it would be cool!
I will never understand why FFVII's the fans' favorite but oh well.
I loved it, but for me it holds nothing against VIII & IX (or X).
The black sheep of the series is most certainly II, lol (and for good reason, in my opinion). But if you're only talking about the latter era(s) of Final Fantasy, I'd go with VIII because: 1.) it was heavily hyped, having come after VII, but it wasn't what most people expected it to be (exactly like VII, I assume, lol); therefore, people went against it, even those who didn't think that it was 'bad'. 2.) VIII has a decent following, despite the general negative feedback it gets. However, IX seems to have a huge following - just that nobody talks about it much, hah. Also, unlike VIII, when people don't talk about/remember IX, I've found that it's usually not because they don't like it or anything. But with VIII, there is a large group of people who have some contempt for it. >.>
A main reason as to why VII gets all the glory is simply because it was the first of the era that would define not only FF, but many RPGs in general. And no, I don't mean that because of it's story or such, but just because it was the first FF to be in 3D, the first on the Playstation, the first to heavily deviate from its norm, etc. I'm willing to bet a lot of money that if VIII had come out in place of VII, and vice versa, Squall would be the series' poster boy. Of course, VII does have a unique appeal to it that would cause general fame, no matter what, but that's not what propelled it to staple status or anything, honestly.
I am so in love with VIII's story, and it really does need a sequal..... On the other hand, I'm terribly afraid that they'd fuck it up horribly, and that it would ruin the first one, even. D: As for IX, despite it being my favourite, I don't want a sequal. It really doesn't need one, does it? It had the epitome of a storybook ending and everything so, there's nothing to clear up or anything, hah. And also, I like it just the way it is. Everything from the story to the music to the graphics - I wouldn't change a thing.