I played FF7 for the first time in my life around this time last year and it was a cake walk, I hardly remember dying (not one boss felled me on my first try, that I can remember of). The first time I remember ever thinking "oh this is difficult" is when I ran into the mobs underwater where you run into the Turks, but even then I managed to not die and come back and have my way with them (slowly but surely) but it didn't compare to Omega Ruins in FFX for example. I never grinded but being somewhat of a completionist I tried to get the most out of it that I could. This means, I never got strong enough to kill Emerald and Ruby weapon (grinding it tedious, nothx) and I never found the Knights of the round summon or the Xcut materia and yet I still managed to one shot JENOVA and both of Sephiroths forms.
Sorry, but I didn't find the game to be difficult and it's combat was shallow imo compared to the later installments that I had played (which are FFX, FFX-2, and FFXIII in that order). I understand why the game got such high praise in its time and I really enjoyed it but when people try and tell me that shit is hard I can't help but laugh.
And if I necro'd this thread, sorry