There was so much character development and interaction, especially compared to the first three entries. Now that I've finished this game I've come to realize how much I was missing a solid story in the older games. A memorable story with interesting characters has become a hallmark of a Final Fantasy game and this is the first place that it's evident.
The music! It's so good! I absolutely love Nobuo Uematsu's work in the series and this is the first time it shines. Themes from this game will stick with me forever. I've already found a couple tracks that have made it into my regular playlist.
I don't know how much more I have to say about FFIV. It's a good game. The first good Final Fantasy. I'll be recommending it to others in the future. If anyone asks me how far back they should go in the FF lineup I'll be telling them to start with FFIV. The first three are so skippable in comparison.
Total Play Time: 25 hrs 6 mins.