I always hated, despised even, the gameplay of FF games. Beyond boring and tedious. Make it action based and still so interesting story wise, and I would have played them more.
Tried to get in a few. Thought FF8 was very interesting but again, gameplay got in the way. Random encounters with appearing enemies and turn based system... all day long... yaaaawn...
FF7, story wise... looked very interesting, and everybody loves it. So I thought lets give it a shot, right? I'm sorry but I can't. I play ugly games alright. But FF7 is beyond ugly. It was done in that one era of absolutely disgusting 3D that looks worse than Pong, Doom, and any half-3D games I've seen. It truly is the ugliest game I have ever seen, and one of the only game I can actually say: I can't play it, because its too damn ugly!
I'm saying that because people find that FF7 "aged well", but no 3D game looks as bad as it does. I never thought I'd push a game away purely because of its graphic before I played it again.
I had the same problem. The combat system weighed so heavily against my enjoyment of the game that I dropped it. Turn-based battle is simply not for me.
I didn't mind the graphics.
You should try FF12. This is the only one I managed to play. They did a brilliant spin on the traditional fighting encounters.
Story-wise though it leaves much to be desired. I still enjoyed it all the same.