First: Final Fantasy IV. Technically I played a bit of Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior on NES when they came out, but really didn't see the appeal (only played 2-3 hours of each). It wouldn’t be until a few years later that I’d stumble upon FFIV and absolutely love it. Since then, I’ve played most console rpgs and enjoying a lot of them.
That's kinda how my story goes. I borrowed Dragon Warrior back in my NES days, but it didn't quite hook me at the time, either. Guess I wasn't very patient back then.
But in 1994, along came a game called Final Fantasy 3us/6j. And reviews were great. "Hmmm", I tell myself, "is there something I'm missing here?" I wanted to rent this game and see what the appeal was.
Alas...my local video store didn't have it. But they DID have FF2us/4j. "Alright, I'll rent this one. If I like it, I bet I'll like FF3 also."
I started playing at 8:30 that night.
It was 4:30 in the morning before I stopped.
The RPG genre had me hook, line, and sinker.
...and yes, I DID go back to Dragon Warrior, playing the GBC remake on my GBA, and had a nice little time with it. Didn't really care for DW2, though. DW3, however...that was the first game I BOUGHT for my GBA, and I do not regret that one bit!
Side note: I did not realize how lucky I was at the time, but not long after I got the RPG bug, I rented DW4 when visiting a friend. Yes, DW4, the rare-as-hen's-teeth game! And that was FUN. Didn't get to finish it, though.
Like many, I was highly anticipating the English release of the PS1 remake, and was disappointed that it didn't happen after all. Here's hoping we have better luck with the DS version.
Okay, side trip finished. Focus, SquareTex, focus!
As for favorite...? Whew...tough order.
But, I'll also have to say Final Fantasy IX, if for only one reason. Normally with an RPG, I'll need to wait a bit before I jump back into it for another go-around, if ever. Not with FF9, though. That world so absolutely charmed me, that within a day or so of finishing, I was right back again for more.