For me the game doesn’t really open up and get good until you leave Midgar. From leaving Midgar until the northern cave is probably the defining experience of my childhood. So many memorable moments and locations. Gold saucer, battle of Junon, Turks on holiday in Wutai, snowboarding and the snow village, the boat trip to Costa del sol. The creepy shinra mansion. Love it. The opening section whilst good is the weakest part for me.