Final Fantasy VII

Nostalgic Game Review

Welcome to a new episode of the Nostalgic Game Review, where each month I muse over an old game I played long ago. Other than indulging my own nostalgia, this column also hopefully shed some light on game design and reflect on how gaming technologies have evolved.

Without further ado…

Final Fantasy VII (PC version 1998)

What is it?

If not THE best RPG in the known human history? Let me dial back a bit.

At its core, it’s a JRPG where you control the main character of Cloud (yes, the guy with a ridiculously huge sword in above picture) running around the game world to solve problems. The world is pre-rendered yet the character is 3D rendered in real time.

The player plays the character named ‘Cloud’ with his trademarked ginormous sword, and battle through baddies:

Final Fantasy VII Windows First battle

and he build up his skill as well as his team member’s

The game has a interesting ‘Materia’ system for improving battle stats as well as summoning abilities:

It’s basically a magic system enabling impressive summoning attacks

The gameplay follows a fairly linear (yet awesome, emotional, with plot twists) storyline

There are various mini-games throughout the gameplay that makes it so much fun:

(this is ‘Chocobo racing’… a racing riding… Chocobo)

Cloud would encounter and joined by a bunch of interesting characters, each with myrious, deep backstory arcs waiting to be unravel

even the villains had interesting backstories…

Final Fantasy VII: Camera and Composition

music and graphic are bar none (for the standard in 1997/8)

and anybody who has played would recognize its famous soundtrack… (even some people who haven’t played probably heard of them)

Furthermore, this game successfully moved Final Fantasy series from a 2D world into 3D with fancy graphics, building a nice foundation for the future FF games as well as other RPGs (e.g. Chaos Ring series is pretty amazing)

Final Fantasy VI
FF6 battle
Encountering a Frog in Battle
FF7 battle
FF8 Battle
Chaos Ring 2 Battle (highly recommended, played on a tablet)

The story and its characters are well loved, and several spin-off games, animated movies were made (to various results). Animated movies:

Advent Children (2005)
Last Order (2005)

Spin-off games:

Before Crisis (2004)

Dirge of Cerberus (2006)
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Screenshot
Crisis Core (2007)
G-Bike (2014)

And with the Remake currently out, there are also other titles such as First Soldier, Ever Crisis on the way too…

What’s in it?

I played the PC version released by EIDOS in 1998. It came with nice printed materials and games on several CD-ROM discs. Thank god we no longer need to rely on discs for copyright verification! (oh, maybe we still do… just a bit)

My Impression

Absolutely love the game, and I believe I played through the whole thing twice.

The amazing thing about this story and its characters is that it continues to attract fans who create fan arts, cosplay, as well as amazing artists performing its in-game music (and this artist below is my favorite who does both music and cosplay together 🙂

The original version of Final Fantasy VII is available on Steam as well as a mobile app (e.g. Google Play), but of course there’s the Remake out yet it’s arguably better or inferior than the original version 😉

Here is a playthrough video, it’s worth the play just to listen through the opening theme song…

That’s it for this episode of Nostalgic Game Review! Thank you for visiting! I appreciate any comments/feedback or if there’s a game you would like me to cover 🙂

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