Jeff mentioned in his Mixlr broadcast just now that he'll pass it on to the GBEast branch to quicklook it. Jeff said that even though the disc he got was already day-one patched, it crashed on him twice in the first hour. He's losing faith in that stuff. By the way, it was the PS4 version.
I loved the first one. More so than the second one and Brotherhood. Never played 3, played some of 4, have not touched the newer ones. I would love to play the first one but with updated graphics and mechanics.
Things have changed but the magic is still there. Also keep in mind that there is much more content than before so all that takes much of their time. I do miss some features that are currently in hiatus (ie. Endurance Run), but I am satisfied with what they're offering right now.
I've never played the original MG1 and 2 so I don't know how deep they go story wise. But if Kojima can put them into MGSV without doing any crazy story edits, I'd be ok with that. I'll probably never go back to those two games. I'd rather read their stories on a wiki. So yes, that would be pretty cool.
I was an avid reader on Gamespot back in the day and that's how I was introduced to Jeff, Ryan Davis, Alex, Brad, Rich Gallup, and other Gamespot mainstays. From there, Ryan started his Arrow Pointing Down podcast which brought in Jeff later on. Then that became GiantBomb and the rest is, as they say, history.
I think this all comes down to personal preference. All FF games are unique for the most part in their own way. I think it depends on what story and battle system you prefer. Any of them up until FFX and maybe FFXII are good.