Just stick with learning Inoba. No one liked using him but once you get the hang of him, you'll be manowning the fuck out ever everyone.
Especially those Cloud scrubs. Tifa got a lot less play than Cloud did, though she really came across as a better character overall. Haven't spent much time with the playstation version though. Never really had a need to..the arcade version was superior, only cost a quarter per credit, the the only real reason to play the psx version was for the "new' characters, which were pretty much all knock offs of previously existing characers iirc :)
It's a shame that Square went through that phase where they couldn't release a game without polluting it with one or more of their Final Fantasy 7 characters making a guest appearence. Now everyone just refers to Ehrgeiz as "That final Fantasy fighing game". Meh.
now the AoF cameos in Buriki One ...there's some good shit.
Too bad playing Buriki One just won't be the same without the right handed joystick and the two left handed buttons :(