Forget the haters, Final Fantasy VII rules. I love that game unconditionally. No one--no one--can convince me it's anything short of incredible. Of course, I acknowledge this might have to do with the fact that I played it at a very formative age in my gaming career. See, at the time, I was so fascinated by Cloud and his struggle of coming to terms with his failures. That arc resonated with me on a very deep level, and despite his moodiness, Cloud was exactly the hero my early-teens-self needed. Of course, I also fell in love with FFVII's story, the katana-wielding Sephiroth, and Nobuo Uematsu's masterful score (which I still listen to quite frequently).
Most importantly, FFVII launched my obsession with JRPGs. That was my favorite genre well into the mid 2000s, and once I discovered it, I began exploring games I had missed growing up. FFVII was my gateway into the likes of Chrono Trigger, FFIV and VI, as well as the other greats that came before. But yeah--FFVII is still my all-time favorite by a mile.