2hours into it so far, the story seems like it has potential but the loading times of the battles are a little annoying Although I'm sure once I get deeper in I won't notice them as much
Agreed. FFIX has the worst battle loading times of all the PS1 fantasies. Nevertheless, it was a superb game in every other respect. I really liked how light-hearted it was compared to 7 and 8. I mean I loved all three games, but it was nice to have a wise-cracking plucky hero after the quiet and contemplative Cloud and Squall.