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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Well deserving of most of the praise it receives. Is that hype a little overblown? Undoubtedly. But it's not hard to see how revolutionary this was and why it changed the landscape of games when it first released.
And today, it's still immensely playable. The presentation is going to be the biggest point of contention for some people but I think those old graphics are a charm point if anything.
The story is great and while storytelling in games has evolved a lot since, I think that this story is still told very well and the cast is a fun and likable bunch. Some of them definitely needed a bit more development, but what's there is still great.
It took me 15 years to finish. Somehow I always got distracted by other games. I don't know how many times I had started over. But here I am today, celebrating 60 played games with this entry. I can't believe how close to the ending I had been when I stopped playing the last time. All it took was a couple of hours and I was through.
Final Fantasy (8) was my first dive into the video game world outside of Nintendo's Mario realm and I was a big fan of 8,9,10. This installment, however, never really caught my fancy. I don't care as much for the characters as I did with the other parts and ironically (because everyone says 8's story is a mess) I find the story a bit confusing.
I feel good that I've finally finished this game, but it doesn't get room in this special place of my heart that others have.