I remember when I used to hate Final Fantasy. Sure, I loved Mario RPG,
but I didn't even knew that was a RPG, I didn't even knew there was a RPG genre
(I wasn't really into gaming then). But FFVII quickly changed my world. It started
out... Crap, I'm babbling on too much, onto the review.
Final Fantasy VII's story involves a man named Cloud Strife, a mercenary
for hire who will take any job. He's hired by the rebel group AVALANCHE to help them
in their fight against the evil Shinra Corporation. But what begins as a simple
bombing mission becomes a fight with the past, Cloud's past, a long thought dead
warrior bent on becoming more and more powerful.
FFVII's graphics are some of the best in the genre. Cloud and the others
are very well animated. The backgrounds are very detailed and sometimes you'll find
yourself stopping to stare at the sights. The graphics aren't as detailed as those
of today's (FFVIII, FFIX), but they are still very good. FFVII's CG cinema's are
breathtaking! They also aren't as good as today's, but they still rock! Square was just
experimenting with the CG and it was a huge success!! The CG's are beautiful to watch
and I remember resetting the game about three times just to see one CG over and over again. FFVII's graphics were genre-busting, and they still are in some cases.
FFVII's music is some of the finest ever composed. Each track that you hear
during each scene fits it perfectly. Whenever an emotional moment occurs, the dramatic
music kicks in and, if you're the emotional type, you'll find tears streaming down your
eyes (wait 'till a certain part and you'll see why). There was a scene when the music
fitted the scene too perfectly and I had goosebumps! And, if you're like me, you'll find
yourself humming the tunes for years to come.
The most addicting part of the game is the gameplay. No matter how catchy the
music may be, no matter how incredible the graphics are, the gameplay is why I consider
this the greatest game of all-time (that plus the story, the music...). With Materia,
you can mix and match your magic, commands, summons and a whole plethora of other abilities
in any way/order you want. Limit-Breakers are ultra-powerful attacks that kick in after
you've taken enough damage. Active-Time-Battle (ATB) provides the most realistic form
of combat, while still keeping the battles playable.
This game is just plain incredible! After only ten minutes of play, I right
away considered this the greatest. Even if you hate RPGs, give this a shot, you'll love it.
That's exactly what happened to me. I just want to finish on this final note: BUY IT!