I liked 8, but didn't like the draw magic system. Every time I play it I'll spend 15 minutes fighting one pansy arse enemy just so I can stock 100 of every spell.
i learned an ability with shiva that lets you convert items into magic. got something that converts to 20 waters, so i just converted 5 and now squall has 100 water attached to his strength. im guessing that's what can make it easy