Beat Final Fantasy 7 for the first time the other day! Wanted to get it in before the remake so that I could have some context for what changes would be made, and also just cause I want to familiarize myself with the series more. I can definitely understand why it had such a big impact at the time, but I don't think it holds up very well, at least to someone who hadn't played it back then and didn't have a history with the franchise at all. Particularly because the localization is just so off. So much of the writing was stilted and strange in general.
I still had a fun, I liked the battle system enough that I didn't mind grinding for limits and stuff, but I'd probably tell most people to just wait for the remake unless they were as interested in the history of the series as I was. I'm looking forward to what the remake can do to make the story more cohesive and clear since there's so much potential there.