I’ve started replaying Final Fantasy VIII and boy have I forgotten how god awful this battle system is. Square may have taken a huge step graphics-wise from VII; however these mechanics are making me lose my shit. There are no mana bars, and I have to drain various spells from enemies in order to add them to my casting repertoire…not to mention the fact that if I run out of said spell, I need to drain more of it from an enemy. Jeez Louise.
The junctioning/leveling system in this game is also incredibly frustrating. Every time my party switches I have to remember to re-junction a GF (who came up with this name?) to my characters in order for them to be able to do anything mildly useful.
Personally, I think the sphere grid in FFX was the god of all leveling systems.