FF8 is one of my favorites too. The plot twist about the memories was mind-bendingly stupid, but other than that I enjoy it immensely. If anything, my biggest issue with it is that they didn't cover everything I'd have liked for them too. Too ambitious for its time, perhaps. I don't mind a love story. X-2's story is just...not good. Not to me. If you enjoy it, more power to you.
As for the rest, I'm genuinely curious to hear your take once you've actually played the game.