Final Fantasy VII differs from other RPGs in that it isn't set in a worlddominated by swords and sorcery. Instead, it takes place on a planet where technology has overtaken magic, and the world is dominated by a large corporation known as Shinra. But while the setting may be unfamiliar (except to those who have played previous FF games), it does contain many traditional RPG features such as characters with strange names, a breathlessly evil baddie, and a whole range of magical spells and artefacts. The Playstation original was created in Japan, and hence the game also registers high on the wierd-o-meter and contains such japanimation clichés as small children with no noses and huge eyes, really strange monsters (at once point you get to fight a giant mutant house), cackling baddies, not to mention one girl whose attributes would put Lara Croft to shame.The hero of FFVII is a bloke named Cloud, an ex-member of Shinra's military force, Soldier, who has decided to join up with an eco-terrorist group called Avalanche. Along with the members of this group, he aims to set the world to rights by.. er, blowing things up. The game starts with Cloud and his fellow Avalanche members, including a bloke with a gun on his arm, and a tank-top wearing girl with a degree in hand-to-hand combat, about to blow up one of the reactors which is draining the planet of its natural energy. At least, that's how it starts - events catch up with the group and they find themselves dealing not only with Shinra but with another stranger foe.
FFVII's plot is packed with twists and turns, and just when you think you're on the right patch, you can find yourself suddenly side-tracked by some new development. At the start of the game, you know very little about the individual characters, but as the game progresses you learn more about their past, their motivations, and you're also party to some unusual revelations. The characters themselves are more believable than most other RPG characters I've seen, and there are enough surprises to keep you interested. It's difficult to say more without giving the entire plot away - I strongly recommend you don't read any hintbooks if you want to get maximum mileage out of the game. But I can say that you'll be shocked when one the game's major characters dies about a third of the way into the game. The game takes up three CDs, which might not sound like much, but there are no voice-overs so the space isn't taken up by recorded speech - it's mostly actual game data. You're going have to do a hell of a lot of adventuring to make it to the end of the game - trekking across the entire planet, hacking monsters into small pieces, breaking into Shinra's corporate HQ, and even seeing off a giant godzilla-style monster. Oddly though, there seemed to be marginally more to do on the first CD than on the second or third CDs - but even so, the game could still take you a month or so to complete depending upon whether you use a hint-book or not (I recommend you don't).
As with most RPGs, in FFVII you'll spend time both wandering around villages and landscapes, and hacking up monsters. When you're not fighting, you view the gameworld from a kind of isometric 3D perspective, and you have the freedom to wander in and out of buildings. When the game starts, you're in Midgar, a kind of floating city built on a disc, with the rich people (in other words, Shinra employees) living above the disc, and the poorer folks living below in the slums. There are various sub-areas for you to explore, as well as buildings which you can wander in and out. You can also speak to the people you run into who will occasionally reveal valuable information - it's just a case of pressing the action key next to them, and you don't have any control over what your character says to them, although they will react to events that take place in the game world, so if you come back later, they might have something to say about another subject. After you've completed certain tasks (in a specific order - FFVII's main quests are pretty linear), you'll be able to leave Midgar and you'll then be able to wander around the world outside Midgar. But you're still confined to one continent and the towns and villages on that continent until you find a suitable means of getting off the island later in the game. You don't have to visit every location to complete the game - in fact, there are some locations that contain sub-quests or hidden items, some of which are marked on the world map, and some which aren't. You can get through the game doing the bare minimum to complete the game, but chances are that you'll miss several items and locations. There are a few puzzles in the game, but they mostly involve finding certain locations and taking items from other locations to those locations. There's nothing here that requires you to figure out a hugely complicated rubik's cube type puzzle.
Your progress through the game is impeded on many occasions by various monsters and enemies. There are two basic kinds of encounters - set encounters, and random encounters. Set encounters take place are when you run into a human baddie or level guardian who always appears at the same place in the game, usually left by Shinra to stop you. Random encounters occur when you're wandering through a location and find yourself set upon by monster, usually of a random variety and number. You can't predict where random monsters are going to pop up because you can't actually see them coming. This takes some getting used to - you can be wandering through a location and suddenly hear a warning noise, andfind yourself pitched into battle. And while you can run away from random encounters, it still can be occasionally annoying to get attacked when you should be able to see the enemy coming - one example is when you're wandering through a deserted train station, on top of a train, and a horde of baddies appear. How on earth can you not see them coming? Still, you will get used to it, and the random encounters are a necessary evil because only by fighting baddies do you gain experience points you need to become more powerful and therefore be able to take out the nastier baddies later in the game.
Once you get into combat, the perspective changes from the isometric view that you get when you're moving around to a close-up view of the members of your team and the baddies they're fighting. As you progress through the game, other characters join you, but you can only have three characters in your party at any once time. Therefore, you will only have a maximum of three characters to pit against the enemy at any one time, but you can end up fighting up to five enemies at one time. The combat system can be turn or time based, and the setting can be changed from the configuration menu - the default setting is a combination of the two. Each character has a time-gauge which slowly fills up every second. The character whose gauge fills first gets to attack first, then the second character, and then the third. Then the monsters get to attack (presumably they have unseen gauges which fill up) if they're ready, and then the whole thing continues. There are an absolutely huge number of monsters, ranging from the mundane (men with guns) through to the bizarre (the aforementioned mutant houses). Each monster has a either one or more way of trying to kick your head in, including the ability to turn characters into frogs, freeze them, electrocute and generally cause trouble. To make things fairer, you have access to a plethora of magical and non-magical attacks, which you can use to fight back against the multicoloured forces of evil. Funky 3D camera angles are used to maximum effect, the camera zooming around to get the best view of the action - one top moment is when, during a battle, you use the 'Neo Baphomet' spell. Once you use it, the floor around your enemy breaks, and they're thrust high into the air on the piece of floor they were standing on, high into the sky, where a giant dragon approaches and fries them with a blast of flame. Particularly handy if you need to toast a piece of bread the size of a football pitch.
Unlike more traditional swords and sorcery type RPGs, magical spells aren't learnt. Instead, there are magical orbs known as 'Materia', each with a magical spell attached to it. By allocating materia to a slot in either a character's weapon or armour, they can use that spell. The spells give you the ability to heal wounds, electrocute your enemies, summon gods, goddesses and other entities to help you out in battle, and all manner of other abilities - you can even get materia to boost the power of your existing spells, or even make one spell work on several characters or enemies at once. Materia can either be found in treasure chests, on the ground in certain locations, or by buying it from shops, and repeated use of spells will grant you access to a higher level of magic, the second and third levels of a spell doing greater damage than the original unpractised spell. Your characters also have a special ability known as 'Limit' which is activated when a character takes a certain amount of damage, and enables them to perform a super-attack on an enemy. Like each character's magical abilities, the Limit ability of each character becomes more powerful with practice, And with the enemies getting progressively tougher throughout the game, you'll need every little bit of fire or swordpower you can get.
In Final Fantasy VII, the key to your characters survival is arming them well, and then building up experience points to boost their abilities. Weapons and armour can be bought from shops or found in some areas - but experience has to be earned, by taking on monsters. Once you've earned a certain amount of experience, you go up a level and all your abilities are boosted, though you can't allocate experience points to a particular ability. If one or more of your characters happen to snuff it during a fight, then you can resurrect them with a 'Phoenix Down' potion bought at a shop, with 'gil', the game's currency. To get gil, you can sell stuff, collect it when you kill monsters, or even win it at a gambling palace. What is a little unusual is that if you don't resurrect a character who dies, perhaps because you haven't got enough gil to buy a Phoenix Down potion, they still take part in the story, and speak their lines. I can only assume that one of the other characters helpfully operates their mouth and legs by a complex system of wheels, strings and pulleys. Speaking of which, or not speaking of which, there's no actual speech in the game - instead, the characters all speak though text boxes. This, like a few aspects of FFVII takes a bit of getting used to, but on the other hand, it does dispose of the 'crap voice-overs' problem that cropped up in Resident Evil. On top of which, there are mercifully few of the translation problems that cropped up in R.E.. In fact, the translation is damn near perfect.
Aside from wandering around and hacking things up, there's a whole bunch of other sub-games and sub-features to explore. Some are an integral part of the plot, such as the bike-riding game when you escape from the Shinra building, while others, like the mini-combat game or Chocobo breeding, where you breed big ostrich like creatures to ride or race at the gambling palace. These subgames, along with the various hidden features and characters add replayability to FFVII, an RPG that's already pretty involving, atmospheric and playable as it is. But FFVII has its downside as well, and this is where the quickie conversion syndrome that I mentioned comes in, because FFVII does indeed suffer from it. You can only save on the main world map, or at certain infrequent points within buildings - this can be really annoying when you get killed and have to repeat a whole half-level over again, doubly so when you have to restart because it crashed while you were playing. FFVII crashed about three times while I was playing it, once while I was fighting the end of level boss. How much effort would it have taken to add a bit of code enabling you to save at any point in the game? Not so flipping much.
The sound effects are okay, and the music perfectly complements FFVII's atmosphere, changing to match the mood of the game as in a proper film. The graphics are great, and not just in the 3D combat bits, either - the backgrounds and locations are rendered in perfect detail. Final Fantasy VII is a big RPG, and a damn good one. It's atmospheric, with a superb storyline, plenty of surprises, decent characters - it's not perfect, but it's still pretty damn good. Even if you're not a die-hard RPG fan, Final Fantasy VII is statistic-free enough to appeal to a wider audience. If fancy playing a thoroughly involving game that won't be over in a flash then Final Fantasy VII is a worthwhile purchase (as long as you keep your receipt in case it won't work on your PC for some stupid reason that's not mentioned on the box), and is a refreshingly entertaining and different RPG. It's certainly got a different tone from the likes of Oblivion and Fallout 3.
(review by me, originally posted on GamesDomain)
In 1997 , Square (yes the same company, square enix, who are bringing out the eagerly awaited game Deus Ex) released FF7, there are now 13 games in total plus a number of spin offs. This is definately the best
It sold 10 million copies on release and was the most popular game of the year. The secret to this success was the fantastic storyline, great characters and graphics. Its a role playing game, and it took RPG`s away from the nerdy confines of dungeons and dragons and into the mainstream with console gamers.
You play Cloud stife, a mercenary, who used to be part of shinra (the baddy corportation of the game) corps 1st class soldiers unit, a bit like their special forces unit. Now a man for hire he joins the ranks of the anti-shinra AVALANCHE revolutionary group, run by Barret Wallace. Wallace is big, hefty, impatient man but who has designs against shinra.He and his group,(along with aeris gainsborough, clouds childhood friend and Tifa Lockhart) believe that shinra is exploiting mother earth for her energy and is at the same time poisoning it. So AVALANCHE move to take out the shinra reactors. After one successful op, you move onto the second but are trapped. Along the way you fight shinra soldiers and the turks (shinra mafia goons) and are joined by several other anti shinra solidiers. You also run into sephiroth , the main aggitator in the story. Seph- used to be in shinra first class unit, and had trained cloud, but after a mysterous mission he was lost, presumed dead. Now after you follow turks into shinras HQ after they have kidnapped Aeris, you fight you way up the levels and confront the CEO. He is killed by Seph- who is extremely powerful, after he had released his mother, an experiment called jehova , which you fight several times in different guises. You release aeris and Red 8, leader of a wolf like people, but who joins your group as well. Now Seph is poised to summon an asteroid to destory the earth and so you go to defeat him.
FF7`s success lay in its multiple gameplay elements. You have a roaming element, where the characters look quite blocky. And this is the element hat alows you to explore, talk to, and find items. Its where you spend a majority of your time. You have the battle element, where as you fight everything from onions and houses ! I find the mechanics very easy, you can use a physical strike, leading up to your characters break limit, a special move that as you go up the levels (there are 4) get more powerful and inflict more damage As well as looking more impressive. You can also use the battle element to summons demons, titans and dragons that can destory asteroids. You can cast magic spels to poison, heal and confuse. The third element is he impressive graphics that you see in the cut scenes, there are many of these and although it was released in 1997, the grphics are impressive. Typicaly there is no real eplay value as it would take you 90-100 hrs o complete this game properly, getting your characters experience points from level 1 to 100. The game was over 3 disks ! and was extremely addictive, as you often fought creatures in one part of the game to get more powerful when fighting the bosses later in the game, but this takes allot of time.
was great appluaded and worked very well with cutscenes.
In the roaming element was very blocky and basic. The battle elements, looks lifelike and proportinate and the cutscene graphics were mini movies developed on a PC, so naturally they are very good
Like a lot of people, when I bought Final Fantasy 7 I had never played any RPGs and had never heard of the Final Fantasy series before. This is not surprising as 7 was the game that caused the series to explode internationally. Before that it had enjoyed a massive following in Japan where it had been a 2 dimensional sprite-based RPG series made by Squaresoft. Originally Square released the series solely on Nintendo consoles but with the dawn of of CD-based consoles the limitations of the cartridge format were becoming apparent and Square realised that by releasing the game on this new format they could have far better graphics and much bigger, more enriched gaming world.
Final Fantasy 7 changed my life and became the standard that I held other games up to. Through 7 I played other RPGs and went on to play Final Fantasies 8-12 but for me nothing will beat 7. This may be because I discovered it at a formative age. I was no older than 13 and had never played anything like it before. The detail of the plot, freedom of movement and well fleshed out, likable characters blew me away.
Replaying the game now it is easy to see its flaws but many of them are a product of the time the game was made in. While the graphics are still impressive considering it was made in 1997 the action mostly takes place on pre-rendered backgrounds with set paths, with only the world map offering full 360 degree freedom of movement common in today's RPGs. The music was created using the playstation's internal sound chip to save on space and while it is beautifully composed it is easy to tell that they are nothing more than very well done midi files. And the game does suffer from some bad translation ("this guy are sick.") Nevertheless the joy from this game comes mostly from the nostalgia in playing through old locations such as Cosmo Canyon and Mideel. The subplots are engaging and provide a real challenge. Defeating Emerald and Ruby weapon, extras added to make the game more challenging when the game was released in the west took days to do and were immensely satisfying. But completion of these quests are not necessary to complete the game, making it suitable for gamers of different skill levels.
Final Fantasy 7 is still my favourite game of all time. Other games may have been released since that are technically superior but for me nothing will ever compare.
When I first bought this game I had never heard of the final fantasy series and never played a single RPG.After I played it I made it my business to hunt down the previous installments.The term game doesnt do this justice,its more of an interactive story and quite simply the greatest game I have ever played or probably ever will.The fact that youll be lucky to find this game for under a hundred quid speaks volumes,its a work of art a worth the money,it is a huge gameand has great replay value. The story starts with a mercenary doing a job fighting a big corporation and with a team of friends you pick up along the way extends to saving the world. The battle system is turn based and starts with simply attacking or healing ur party but soon becomes much more complex and strategic and is in one word genius.If you are not a fan of ordinary RPGs dont be put off,this is by no means an ordinary RPG,it isnot just the best one ever,its also the best game ever and one of the greatest stories evr told.
Final Fantasy VII. Why is it VII, I hear you ask, and where are the first six? This is the general opinion of some players of this marvellous game, simply because they hadn't played or enjoyed the earlier games in the series.
Final Fantasy VII came along and blew everything out of the water at the time it was released. I myself was one of the above people, sadly- I had heard of the Final Fantasy series but never given it much thought, until I witness my brother playing this. From there I was hooked. I'd go and watch him play, and eventually I borrowed my boyfriend's Playstation to play it for myself.
The graphics are dated now. It is 13 years old, but at the time it was a pretty groundbreaking game. Regardless don't let the graphics put you off if you haven't played this game yet, for some reason! The story is more than worth it.
The characters are actually interesting, and the storyline is engaging. I found myself unable to put it down and ended up clearing it numerous times, as well as exploring all the extra content for those who wished to deviate from the main storyline. I hadn't played an RPG before this but it converted me, and they are now a staple part of my game collection. Even my mum, who has never played a game before in her life, picked this up and gave it a go!
If you still haven't played this, do so! Honestly, it's worth every minute you invest into it.
I love this game so much! :D Even though it's over ten years old, it's still definately worth checking out. I first played it back when it came out so I was really happy when I recently managed to download it to the ps3 :D
The plot is the best of all the final fantasy games, and really draws the player in. If you're looking for a game that has a long length, this is the game to go for, as you'll definately want to make sure you get all the extras.
I personally did not care about the graphics too much, as for this particular game, I was not so interested in them, as I wanted the game more for the story line. So whilst it did not bother me that the graphics were hazy, you do need to be aware that the graphics are fairly weak.
The game itself is a classic rpg style game. One thing you may find annoying when playing is the constant need to save, as it does not autosave, like modern games. Apart from that, the rest of the game is great!
If you have a ps3, I would recommend downloading it from the ps3 store, as I have noticed that copies for the ps3 seem to be more than the £8 from the ps3 store. I hope you consider buying this and enjoy this great game as much as I have :D
The game starts off as you playing the part of Cloud who is on a jorney to take down Shinra Inc company. He with the help of his companions goes through to try and stop this so called evil company and with their help uncovers amny a great secrets and keeps him on the path to save the world.
This is an amazing RPG where you level up through the in game battles and then progress through the world and the games storyline. The gameplay revolves generally around the battles, in which you have menu driven controls. Where you select the moves you want in the menus for each character and then they perform them in their turn. The eneimies and youself all get one go each to chose a move and attack each other. The ones whose life bar is lost dies.
the game also has a lot of stat options such as your attacks etc which all increase as you level up, so the more you battle the more powerful you get, althought the battle encounters are all random, expect story driven fights. Another great thing is the limit breaks which are super attacks which build up over time and then attack when the limit bar gets filled up.
Overall I thoght this game Is another great Final fantasy game and defaintely one to try out.
Even though Final Fantasy was the RPG which influenced pretty much every RPG game that had been made, I never really got the urge to get up and play this game. I started off by playing Final Fantasy 8 and then never got round to playing Final Fantasy 7.
About 2 weeks ago I picked up this game and started to play it. Now I can understand why people have said that this game is just amazing! This is the first 3D RPG ever made and the whole concept of this game is just amazing.
The game starts off with a cold mercenary called Cloud. Cloud sets off on a journey to stop the evil corporation called Shinra Inc. Cloud, as powerful he is, cannot do this alone and has companions which help him complete his journey and mission. Along the way of doing this, he meets various people who want to stop Shinra Inc. As Cloud and his friends set off on this journey, they discover many secrets and this keeps them determined to save the world!
What makes this game so unique is the game play. It has like all the other Final Fantasy games before this, a Turn Based Battle System. This means that when walking around in certain areas, such as the world map, a battle will happen at random. When this happens, you will see the characters you have in your party and the enemy that you are fighting. Every character has a gauge which gets filled up as time goes on. Once it is full, you can choose what command you would like that character to do. For example, I have Cloud and I choose for him to 'attack', it would then ask me what enemy I would like to attack and then that would happen. This would empty Cloud's gauge and then you will have to wait for it to fill up again. With all Final Fantasy games (with an exception of 11 and 12) it would work exactly like this.
What I found very unique about this game was 'Limit Breaks'. This is a very strong attack which each character has. Every character has their own personal limit break. The way to get limit breaks is by getting attacked. Every time your character takes damage their limit break bar will fill up. By going through the game, more limit breaks will be unlocked which will make them extremely powerful.
Another unique feature of this game are items called 'Materia'. Materia is magic but it is used in a slightly different way. When starting the game, you start off with different types of Materia. You equip this to either your weapon or armour. When winning a battle against enemies, you will get experience and 'AP'. 'AP' is what levels up Materia. Once the Materia has got enough AP, it will level up and you will be able to use a more powerful version of that spell.
For example, Cloud starts off with the 'Fire' Materia. I would then equip this to my sword. After about 5000 AP, it will level up. This means I will be able to use 'Fire2', which is a more powerful version. This keeps going until the Materia is maxed out. Certain Materia will decrease some of the characters stats. This can cause a problem when it decreases the amount of Max HP (Hit Points or Life) you can have. It can also decrease strength, which can cause a problem if you want to mainly do physical damage. Throughout the game you will find new Materia which will enable you to use powerful spells and even have the ability to summon giant guardians.
What I found about this game, was that the story line had a lot of emotion and depth to it. Unlike most modern day games, such as FPS's, it has a story line which you can just drift into. The story line can be very emotional, so if you get emotional easy, you might get a slight tear in your eye, simply because it has so much dept in it.
Even though you can buy Final Fantasy on PC, I would recommend to get it on Playstation. If you don't have a Playstation you can buy a Playstation 2 off eBay for £20+. Even though Final Fantasy 7 is a PS1 game, the PS2 will play the old PS1 games. Also buy getting a PS2 you can play Final Fantasy 10 which I also highly recommend.
The game on playstation can be bought for £13+, which I think is a great deal! If you have a PS3 and it can't play PS2 or PS1 games, do not fear! On the Playsation Network, you can buy PS1 Classics and in this selection of games is Final Fantasy 7 for a cheap £7.99!
All in all the game is a masterpiece. Squaresoft (AKA Square Enix) have done a fabulous job at creating a game with a story line which keeps you engaged, with emotion but also having a game play like no other. I would highly recommend this game to everyone! It is a game not to be missed and I can guarantee you will love it!
This is the first Final fantasy Game i played and to be honest it hasnt been bettered everything was so balanced, gameplay was supporb and the storyline was just Brilliant,me and and my brothers played this to death and just about finished everything in the game especially the difficult task of getting the summons knights of the round table, now that was hard!
The storyline is the main draw here and every character in it is given a good back story and often forms and intergral part of the mission, the characters are so likeable, Cloud the main character starts out a bit selfish and uncaring but as more is revealed u start to care more and especially when something disastrous happens you almost feel youreally have lost a friend, im not going to spoil it but there is one scene in the game that is a tear jerker moment that u have no soul if you dont feel anything!
What else can i say cut scenes are brilliant but not overly used, storyline is amazin, graphics still hold up even by todays standards and you will wonder how they managed it on the humble PS1, the only minor issue i think anyone will have is the random battles especially as you want to go places, but its only minor as regardless you will need to use these to build up your character. get it now whereever however u can you wont regret it!
If you've never played Final Fantasy VII then you really must. This is one of the truly classic games that almost every computer gamer has played.
I've played both the PC and the Playstation versions and there's not a lot of difference. I think the graphics and music may be better on the Playstation but the PC gaming experience is excellent.
The actual game play is almost laughably simple and the learning curve is not steep. I'm not going to touch on the mechanism of the game play as it's really not what the game is about. This is a game that anyone could play. The attraction of the game is therefore not in the game play itself but in the environment of the game and the epic story that the game tells.
And the story is something rather special. This is a game that made me cry. This is a game that will break your heart but you will come back to it because you will want to see the story to the end.
We begin following Cloud. A spiky haired mercenary working with a group of eco-terrorists to bring down a corrupt regime that is destroying the planet. The eco-terrorists seem to be good people but the game makes it clear fairly early on that their methodology is flawed and one of their attacks has terrible consequences.
It's at this point that the story takes a radical turn and spreads out to it's epic scale touching on man's relationship with his environment, the history of the planet, Gaea, on which the game is set and the troubled history of Cloud himself.
Treat yourself to Final Fantasy VII. It's not expensive and it there is 100 hours plus of enjoyment in it.
When I was introduced to this around 10 years ago, I hadn't even heard of the Final Fantasy series of games. Boy am I glad that person showed me this, had they of not then I may of missed out on the greatest series of games ever put into production!
At it's time, this was the best looking thing on the PS1 (if not any console). The scene when you first see Midgar from afar literally took my breath away the first time I saw it. Nowadays we may at the character design and scoff at it's blockyness, but at the time there was nothing else like it.
Gameplay wise, this can keep you entertained for weeks. The main story alone probably takes upwards of 20 hrs to complete. But if you want to level up all materia, collect The Knights of the Round materia, kill all weapons, collect all master weapons etc etc, then you can easily clock up well over 100 hours of gamplay time. There is so much to achieve that there is unlimited replay value. 10 years on and I still play this game!
The turn based Battle System is faultless, and the difficulty level of the bosses and enemies is perfect.
The character development is fantastic and the storyline really sucks you in. The story twists and turns and the tradegy that occurs part of the way through the game still strikes me!
This was the first truly modern RPG.
A five star rating for this game is simply not high enough.
The best game ever made? Probably.
This was the first final fantasy i played for the playstation, pc versions no different. Its a great game that grabs you in from the start there are lots of things to do, personally i clocked up 99:99 hours but it dont go any higher then this. There are tons of stuff to do from the chocobo racing to a mountain assault where you comand a team to defeat an invading army. Magic comes in the form of materia which you equip to your armour and weapon to use, summons aswell come in the form of materia. There are plenty of characters To swap between two of which are hidden and obtained through side quests. My favourite place in the ff7 world is gold saucer which is like a casino with tons of stuff to do. Over all its an impressive game with loads of stuff to do you'll be on it for hours.
Final Fantasy 7, The first in the series to be released on the playstation and pc and it remains one of the best selling games of all time. The game has been such a success for square-enix that they have released quite a few spin off games several on the psp and one on the playstation 2. There is even a film based two years after the events in the game but i will write another review on that another time.
You play as Cloud a mercenary working for a rebel group known as avalanche. They plan to stop the dreaded shinra corp by destroying reactors that are draining the mako energy from the earth basically destroying it. However as the story unravels itself you find that saving the earth goes far beyond stopping shinra as Cloud must lead his friends against the evils and he must learn to overcome obstacles such as his past and become what everyone sees him as, their leader.
Ok so I will start off by saying im absolutely addicted to this game I have been playing this since its long awaited release on the playstation and now i play it on my pc completing the game at least 2 or 3 times a year, Theres really nothing i can say bad about this game its now been over 10 years of my life ive played this game and i still enjoy playing it, I still enjoy talking about it and I have had so many people just play the game for a few hours and they have become addicted just as i did.
The storyline is one of the greatest in a game if not its the best, there is the sense of involvement with the characters each one having a different personality, you feel like you really get to know them. The game is gripping from the start and as it develops you have 9 characters to choose from to make up your fighting party of 3 (this goes down to 8 by the end of the game). As you level each character up they get stronger and you have the materia set up of game play this is the first final fantasy game it was used in and it was the most successful why square-enix didn't add this into other games i will never know because it really worked well and gave the game a more tactical play about it. By todays standards the graphics are not anything to write home about but remembering that the game is over 10 years old now gives it a good reason, the soundtrack to this game is beautifully composed i have the soundtrack because i purchased the special edition of the game of the game on pc and i do like to listen to it now and then.
The game is quite a lengthy game squeezing a minimum of 25 hours played and thats on a fast run i cant say what my fastest time is but when i play i dont rush the game i like to make sure i get the game done as there is so much you can miss by simply rushing the game. As i said there is 9 characters to choose from for your party of three and by the end of the game this winds down to 8 and there are 2 characters which you can miss if you want to however i dont see the point in missing these characters they are there to be used and one of them (Vincent) is actually always in my party of 3. Along with the main game there are mini games you can do such as chocobo breeding and racing, I love spending time doing this trying to race them up to a suitable level and breeding them to get the legendary gold chocobo its always fun to try and do this alongside the game, I think with the pc version of the game they should of allowed online play with chocobo racing so you can race other people definetly would be fun.
There is so much to say about the game but without giving too much away for the people that havent played it i am going to leave it at that but i will say you MUST go out and buy this game there isnt anyone that i know that dosent like this game people of all ages love playing this game and im sure you will too.
Final Fantasy VII (FF7) is the only game from the series that I have played, and this is for two reasons. One is that not all of them have been made for PC, and the other is that FF7 is so utterly stunning as a game that I don't dare try and find something better. Despite its hefty length I must have played it from start to finish at least three times, and it never gets old.
A BRIGHT FUTURE! A HAPPY FUTURE!
Ok, I say it never gets old. The fact of the matter is that it IS old already - more than ten years old in fact being first released in January 1997. And it looks its age.
At the time it was state of the art - the first Final Fantasy to use 3D graphics, albeit 3D characters on pre-rendered backgrounds. These days though, it looks OLD. The characters (outside of the battle screen and cinematics) are effectively made up of coloured blocks, and don't look much like real people. The backgrounds, although beautifully drawn, are still grainy and pretty low quality. And the music at times sounds like it comes straight from a tin can.
But I'm being mean. When you come under attack you are sent to the battle screen, and the graphics there are perfectly passable - certainly enough to get you really into particularly difficult fights, with much sword swinging, magic lobbing and other dramatic special attacks. The music, although sometimes sounding very synthesized (thanks to the use of MIDI) is written by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, and actually sounds brilliant. The music in the final battle against Sephiroth (the big baddie) is, at the risk of sounding corny, sublime.
And the graphics normally don't matter. When you are wandering around your surroundings you don't worry about the fact that people look funny - they're just cartoonish representations anyway. And the backgrounds look great.
IF THIS IS ALL A DREAM, DON'T WAKE ME UP
If I told you what the story was about, you would probably think that I was raving mad to consider it worthy of the praise that I heap upon it, plus it would spoil the surprise. But I will set the scene.
The world is controlled by the vast influence of a company known as Shinra Inc., who gain vast wealth and power through the exploitation of a mysterious resource known as Mako, which they suck out of the planet using Mako reactors. The game starts with the main character, Cloud Strife, joining a resistance movement known as AVALANCHE. He starts off, in classic fantasy style, by not wanting to have anything to do with saving the planet, but it is not long before he and a group of others are thrown headlong into the action and realise that Shinra is the least of their problems.
The story unravels over many hours, across three CDs and through many twists, mighty battles and incredible shocks. Take nothing for granted. Along the way you will meet interesting people, kill interesting beasts, and acquire new weapons, items and party members.
It is worth mentioning though that there is no voice acting at all - when people speak it is in the form of bubbles of text. Strangely perhaps, this deducts nothing from the story - making it more like reading a fast-paced book at times than playing a game (and allowing the characters to be how you want them). And the world you have to explore is vast - I've played the game for more hours than I would like to admit, but I'm certain that I haven't discovered everything. And although I have defeated Sephiroth and "completed" the game, despite my best gun-slinging, sword-swinging, magic blasting efforts I have still not beaten the hardest of hard bosses that are known as the Emerald and Ruby Weapons.
IT'S GONNA GET SO HOT IN THERE THAT THERE AIN'T GONNA BE @#&% LEFT WHEN WE BLAST OFF!
The battle screen is also worth a mention, since there are a lot of battles in FF7, mostly against some very weird enemies, and sometimes against some very dangerous ones.
You are allowed three members in your active party, who will fight as your team against whatever you bump into. You can equip them with a weapon, armour and accessory, as well as "Materia" which gives various magical effects when allocated to a slot in a character's weapon or armour.
In battle you have meters on the right that fill up to indicate when it's a character's "turn" to attack. Then a menu will appear and you can choose what you want them to do. Combinations of materia, weapons, experience and items will make different characters better at magic or fighting, and grant them special abilities. Some fight with close combat weapons, some with guns, and even one with a highly dangerous megaphone.
One of the most dramatic and powerful ways to win battles is to use "Summons" which call on god-like beasts to do your dirty work for you. They arrive in dramatic fashion, pulverise your enemies and exit, leaving you heavily drained of magic power, but with a crazy grin on your face.
After the dust settles you nick any items your opponents were carrying, and collect your EXP (experience) and AP (experience for materia) points. The more AP materia gains, the more powerful it becomes.
QUIT SLAPPING ME YOU OLD WENCH!!!
And that is not all! Just in case there wasn't enough to do what with saving the world and all, there are also a number of mini games and side plots - perhaps the best of which is the ability to breed and race "Chocobos" (giant crosses between ostriches and chickens), but others include snowboarding, submarining, fighting, going on rollercoasters...
The list goes on. The game is almost boundless, as I believe I mentioned before.
Ok, so what's wrong with it, other than the dated graphics? Well, three things that I can think of.
The first is the fact that you are forced to save only on the world map or at "save points," which means you can end up dying and losing a good chunk of progress.
And the second exacerbates the first, because, at least on the first time I played it, the game was very hard at times. The evil chap at Cosmo Canyon was particularly difficult as he required a long slog past dangerous enemies and traps with no saves. My advice is to spend a bit of time fighting the randomly occurring monsters to give your team some training, although the time I tried this the game became (almost) too easy.
And the final problem is that the game is so vast, with such a complicated story, that you may well miss parts - at least the parts told in flashbacks that can be only accessed by visiting certain places at certain times.
Oh, and one more moan: it can be difficult to know where to go next at times. A walkthrough always alleviates frustration though if this should happen to you.
And a word of warning: the Wikipedia article on FF7, should you go on it, has a seriously glaring spoiler (one of the most important and shocking moments in the game) in one of the pictures. I would avoid it like the plague until you've played the game!
ALL RIGHT, EVERYONE, LET'S MOSEY!
Well, there you have it. A game that everyone should own with minimum specifications that a pocket calculator could meet (although you need a patch to make it work on XP). Want a sublime story - possibly the best that video games have ever seen? Look no further.
There is one tiny problem though, and that is that the game is no longer being produced, so the only way you'll get your hands on a copy is second hand - and they don't tend to be cheap. I was lucky enough to be given a copy for Christmas once.
But I would pay a lot to own it - the replayability and longevity and general feel-good factor is huge. Almost as big as Cloud's implausibly big sword.
its a pretty amazing game that really made me wonna buy it when i saw a mate of myn play i stole it for 6 weeks off him before he realised he really didnt appretiate it i had to do it it was driving me insane and i wouldnt of stole it if i new where to buy it you see there isnt many places that sell games like final fantasy 7 now days so it had to be done but ive got a copy now so im sorted and ive completed in french because thats where i went and thats the only place ive seen it in a shop