Final Fantasy VII

released on Jan 31, 1997

Final Fantasy VII is the seventh main installment in the Final Fantasy series, and was the first title to feature three-dimensional graphics, pre-rendered backgrounds and numerous full motion videos. The gameplay is a departure from previous entries in the series in many ways. Though it retains the Active Time Battle pseudo-turn based menu command system, FFVII features three party members rather than four. The Materia system allows the player to customize each party member's abilities to their liking, and the Limit system grants them unique combat skills. Though minigames had been a recurring feature, FFVII introduces numerous new ones, many of them playable in the theme park Gold Saucer varying from racing with Chocobos to snowboarding.


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Aged well imo, combat isn't terribly deep but it's serviceable and the Materia system is just genius and makes the game endlessly replayable.
The story also touches on relevant modern issues like environmentalism, corporations, monopolies and men being conscripted into armies to fight wars they have no stake in.
Also, best OST in any game ever.

Played on the 7th Heaven mod editor with some reskinned textures and models, as well as a 60fps mod.

Aesthetically groundbreaking and the writing isn't nearly as convoluted as people like to claim -- at least not by JRPG standards. Combat manages to have the best "feel" of all the old turn-based JRPGs, though I can't put my finger on why. Some of the ...puzzles(?) don't hold up under scrutiny and you spend some time blindly wandering around. Also has the persistent RPG pacing problem where, even if you don't really log any side quests, you still wind up overpowered by the end of the third act. These are tiny flaws, though. Still a masterpiece.

Finally got around to playing it. Good game all around a bit overhyped but still enjoyable.

Like basically all of the other mainline numbered FF entries, I’ve started this one multiple times, but never managed to finish it. Something else would always come up and distract me, or I’d get out of Midgar and decide I’d had my fill. But with Rebirth on the way, I decided it was time to finally sit down and play it start to finish. And man, what an all timer.

It’s still clunky in places, sure. Some haphazard minigames, prerendered backgrounds that can be hard to parse, a stilted English translation that really really needs an update. But it’s still so damn fun, and made with so much passion to try out new things and experiment with interactive storytelling. It’s not quite my favorite FF gameplay-wise, but it may still be my favorite in terms of story. I’ll always cherish these characters and the world they live in.

For a PS1 game, this is a technical marvel for what was able to be accomplished. A wide spreading story that deals with topics such as corporate greed and environmentalism, hatred and grief, self worth and heroism. The characters are well written and have believable motivations. The Materia system allows for fun build crafting that is really simple to understand. The music is iconic and makes already interesting areas more fun to explore. Even though the game has blocky character models, no voice acting and has some dated gameplay, it still has that X-Factor that not many other games have. There is a reason why so many people think this one is the best.

Such a monolithic game culture-wise that it feels utterly useless to try and say anything about it. Certain scenes have reached an almost "Luke I am your father" noteriety in the cultural sphere that for a long time I almost felt like I didn't even need to play the game? I've known about Cloud since I was 11 and I feel like it may have put a damper on the game for me. I've seen all the twists in Newgrounds parodies and heard all the music in long-form commentary videos. Final Fantasy VII may just be one of my favorite games but it's so engraved in the "gamer Mount Rushmore" that it feels inappropriate to even put in my top four.