Unfortunately, it was a much worse game. The main character was more annoying, the battle system was annoying, the magic system was annoying, and leveling up was absolutely pointless; you could boost your power far more effectively by linking magic to various stats (and by leveling your summons).
The one character who wasn’t annoying was the other main character, Laguna Loire, a soldier who fights with a machine gun.
Not a giant sword, or a spear, or a whip, or a gunblade, but an actual machine gun.
And this is his battle theme.
Unfortunately,most of the game time was spent controlling Squall and his legally retarded band of morons.