Loved Final Fantasy up until VII. Once the series hit the polygon age it just lost something. The Shining series also makes me sad due to it transforming into some light pornography series with bad combat. Shining Force and SFII though... damn.
Very cool article, Patrick. I'm another atheist who likes to see Western myths used as the backbone for the occasional game story. Xenogears was kind of a mess, but I liked the setting quite a bit. Sometimes you get bored of Roman and Greek mythology being used all the time. ...I just wish El Shaddai /played/ better. :P