Final Fantasy VII: So awesome that even those that hate it absolutely MUST mention it in any ps1 rpg thread
I thought Suikoden was awesome, and thought the 2nd one did improve a bit on the formula, but it just didn't have the same magic to it. Perhaps because I was spoiled by the FF series making every game so vastly different.
Also, giving me 108 characters that you won't develop as well as most games develop 7 characters is just not my cup of tea. I thought Chrono Cross was lame too, partially because they gave you so many characters that you could give a shit less about.
I actually thought 3 was better, as they at least tried something new. IV was total crap, and thus I never played V. Heard it was pretty solid though.
The hype definitely had a hand in ruining the 2nd game for me. After looking for a copy for a few years and finally finding it, I thought it was pretty average. I enjoyed Legend of Dragoon much more, and paid $12 for it.