FF7! You know... that one with the guy with the ginormous sword?
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Final Fantasy VII
Platform(s) PlayStation, Windows
Final Fantasy has always been a premiere RPG series. Oddly enough, I've never fully understood the Final Fantasy series itself as it seems as though every Final Fantasy game is kind of unrelated to the games that came before it. Not to mention the whole fiasco with Final Fantasy III never being released in North America causing the Final Fantasy games to have different numberings in the USA vs. Japan. But I digress...
Final Fantasy VII was the first Final Fantasy game on the PlayStation and it took full advantage of the full motion video and polygon capabilities of the system. Gone was the simple sprite-based graphics of the Nintendo-era, this was a whole new Final Fantasy. When it came out, it definitely blew people's minds. Great graphics, full motion videos, a compelling story, a rich world to explore, and great gameplay to boot, what more could you ask for?
In my playthrough here, this is actually the first time I've ever played Final Fantasy VII however, I found the game to be quite exciting and the combat to be intuitive. The game is broken down into overworld exploration phases where you walk through a steam-punk inspired metropolis, and a typical Japanese-style RPG combat mode, where characters build up their ability to attack and, when ready, you get to pick which enemy to attack and which attack to use.
The story to Final Fantasy seems fairly epic for its era. I obviously did not make it through the whole game but I have heard from numerous sources that this game contains an emotional and epic story, and from what I saw I had no reason to doubt them.
Ultimately, Final Fantasy VII is a landmark game that will appeal to fans of the RPG genre. Though graphics have continued to improve over the years and so Final Fantasy VII's graphics clearly look a little dated, they hold up surprisingly well and I believe still look very nice and in fact, very stylistic and charming. The gameplay definitely holds up though, and so in my opinion this is game that's definitely worth a try!
➙ Must You Play It?
Final Fantasy VII is one of the landmark title's for the PS1 and one of the most well known Final Fantasy games of all time. Even today, the game holds up with charming and stylistic graphics, fun gameplay, and a very cinematic story. Definitely a game worth checking out if you've never tried it before!