I personally prefer FFVI, but Conquest is good too. It's similar to Fire Emblem.
I got to the part where Celes starts re-recruiting people, I think I got Sabin and someone else.
I was into it for a while, I should really get back into it....
Spoiler Alert!Congratulations. The latter half of this game is entirely about recruiting old and new party members. Hell, even the airship theme is called Searching for Friends. Love that theme. The game is very open world and nonlinear compared to earlier. You don't even have to recruit most of your party again, but it's well done so do it.
That's really half the game? Seems a bit dull, but I'm sure I'll be surprised for the better.