oh god blitzball is even worse
How so? You could beat the CPU with the same play after getting enough *good* players on your team.
The card game was much better in 8 than it was in 9... and I don't remember why. I just remember being successful in the one in 8 (it was called Triple Triads, correct?) It's funny how significant the game is to characters in the storyline. One moment, you're fighting this brainwashed crazy bitch who wants to kill you - next thing you know, you're playing cards with her.
I liked 9 more than 8 because of it's better ATB (after playing 7 and not having it set on WAIT, in 8 you still have to wait even if it's turned off.) But I think 8 had a better story. I couldn't gravitate to 9 as much as I did to 8 (and that's probably because initially I didn't like 9 and wound up playing it after 10 was released.)
I still own FF7 through 10. I always want to give 9 another runthrough but wind up never finishing it. If there's one I really need to finish, it's 6 (US 3? The one for SNES that kinda looked like Chrono Trigger.)