Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII (ファイナルファンタジーVII) is a Japanese role-playing game developed and published by Square for the PlayStation. It is notable for being the first game in the Final Fantasy series to be released on a non-Nintendo platform.
The game follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who initially joins the eco-terrorist rebel organization AVALANCHE to stop the world-controlling megacorporation, Shinra, from draining the life of the planet for use as an energy source.
As the story progresses, Cloud and his allies become involved in a larger world-threatening conflict, facing off against Sephiroth, the game's main antagonist.
Why It Rocks
- Great plot, which goes for a more serious tone than previous games in the series (at least at the time). The game does have a few comic relief moments, however, especially the bannaclub and Cloud cross-dressing.
- The graphics, while they look pretty dated nowadays (especially in regards to the overworld models), were really impressive for their time.
- The same turn-based gameplay you've come to know and love, with a few enhancements such as the Materia system (where you can attach Materia to weapons to make them stronger).
- Sephiroth is often regarded as one of the greatest and most iconic villains in gaming history. His popularity is rivaled only by Kefka of Final Fantasy VI.
- Excellent soundtrack, courtesy of Nobuo Uematsu. One of the most iconic themes from this game is "One Winged Angel", the final boss theme.
- Many of the game's characters would later appear in other Square-Enix titles, including Ehrgeiz and Kingdom Hearts, just to name a few. Most recently, Cloud himself has made an appearance as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, while Sephiroth was joined in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- The game was popular enough to spawn other games and supplementary material taking place in the same universe (such as Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, Dirge of Cerberus, and Last Order, just to name a few), and even a CGI movie titled Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, which takes place two years after the events of the original game.
- The Yellow Enemy Skill materia is recommended for people who don't want to take the time to level grind Green, Red, Yellow, Purple, Blue materia points. You can use it to learn the best enemy skills including "Magic Hammer", "????", "Big Guard", "Matra Magic", "Beta", "Aqualung", "Trine", "White Wind", "Laser" are many of the useful skills.
- The All Materia can be mastered quickly and can be used to sell for 14,000,000 Gil a piece.
- The rune armlet can double equipped Materia AP points, Cloud's Apocalypse Sword, and Cid's Scimitar can triple equipped Materia AP points. The movers and Magic Pots in the Northern Crater can easily level up the Materia AP points.
- You can level up early on in Disc 1 at the best spots including setting off the alarm for high-level enemy encounters. Or you can wait until you get the airship to go to the Island of Mideel.
- You can use Aeris' Limit Break "Fury Brand" to fill up the party's limit break bars.
- The Enemy Lure can be used to get more random encounter battles.
- The Knights of the Round can hit entire groups of enemies thirteen times.
- Aerith's death, which is easily one of the saddest moments in video gaming history.
- Some of the players including Barrett and Yuffie and Vincent can use long-range weapons in the back row and attack flying enemies.
- The best limit breaks for players in the game are Cloud, Tifa, Barrett, Cid, Yuffie, Red XIII.
- At the Gold Saucer, you can play the Bike Game, Submarine game, Race Chocobos for GP, and more.
- The Battle Arena gives you some of the best items early on in the game including Enemy Lure, Speed Plus, Pre-Emptive, W-Summon material, and other prizes.
- Some of the best Materia that many players use in the game includes "Enemy Lure", "Cover", "All materia", "Final Attack", "Knights of the Round", "Steal", "Morph", "HP Plus", "MP Plus", "Added Effect", "Elemental", "Chocobo Lure", "EXP Plus", "Long Range", "Double Cut", "Mega All", "Mime", "Phoenix", "Restore", "Slash-all", "W-item", "W-summon", "Manipulate", "Counter Attack"
- The Gold Chocobo allows you to cross the ocean in hard-to-reach caves that you can't get to by airship.
- The W-item trick in the PlayStation 1 game can be used to duplicate items including Elixirs, Megaelixirs, Hero drink.
- You can steal many useful items from enemies during battle.
- Cloud riding a motorcycle is the best moment of the game.
- Some of the best accessories many players use to equip characters with are helpful including "Ribbon", "Sprint Shoes", "Safety Bit", "Tetra Elemental", etc.
- If it wasn't for this game, we wouldn't have TeamFourStars Final Fantasy VII machinabridged series, one of the best and funniest machinabridged series to watch on YouTube.
- A very poor and rushed English translation that radically alters several of the characters personalities (particularly in regards to Aerith/Aeris), muddles many major plot points (such as the fact that Sephiroth is really just a puppet for Jenova, whereas the English version depicts him as being more of an unhinged sociopath of his own accord) and has numerous grammatical errors and awkward sentences (i.e. "This guy are sick.", "Beacause you are...a puppet.") The original PC port offered a somewhat improved translation, though it still has a vastly inferior script to the Japanese version.
- Every time you enter a Random battle, it loads as you face your enemies.
- Some of the characters have useless Limit Breaks, including Cait Sith Dice and Slots, Aeris' healing Limit breaks are made obsolete by Restore materia and other healing items, Vincent's limit break turns him into a monster that makes him go berserk.
- It can take time to acquire 2 optional characters (Yuffie, who can only be found in a random battle in the forest, and Vincent, who requires you to find the lock combo into the secret basement).
- It can take a long time to master every single Green, Red, Yellow Materia for Master Materia and Purple and Blue Materia.
- Some of the minigames at the Gold Saucer are considered to be a pain to play including 3D Battler, the basketball game, Arm Wrestling, and Snowboarding.
- The Gold Chocobo Breeding Side quest game can take many hours to do including capturing the right Chocobos of the opposite sex for breeding (you may as well fight Ruby Weapon for a Gold Chocobo).
- The Save Crystal you find in the Northern Crater (this is at the end of the main story quest) can glitch your game if you decide to use it.
- The art style in battles clashes with the art style used outside of battle. Normally, characters look like blocky flat characters with blurry/no textures, while in battle characters are very detailed for the original PlayStation and humans actually look like humans. The clashing art styles was a result of a conflict at Squaresoft where some people wanted the art style of the previous games in the series, and others wanted a more realistic art style.
- Cait Sith is very unlikable despite the character controlling him being a much more interesting character.
- The Infamous Wutai side mission is a pain to complete because you need to fight a very hard boss without using your materia.
Final Fantasy VII is one of the most important JRPGs and is considered heavily responsible for popularizing the genre in North America.
The success of the game also led Square to release a number of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs set in the same universe, known as Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, of which most have received mixed to negative reviews.
In 2015, a remake was announced and was released in April 2020.