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Players assume the role of Cloud Strife, a defector of Shinra, the evil corporation maintaining control over the planet. As the game opens, Cloud joins "Avalanche", a resistance group determined to foil the corporation's diabolical plans. Final Fantasy VII features an extremely complex storyline, offering many hours of game play (over 60 minutes of impressive cinematic sequences are also included).
Final Fantasy VII's gameplay involves exploration, puzzle solving, and real-time combat. Players control Cloud during exploration and take on additional party members for battle sequences, which include both fantastic weaponry and dazzling spells. While the graphics are top-notch--and support 3-D hardware accelerators to sharpen the character models--the sound effects won't impress many; Squaresoft made little effort to utilise a personal computer's sophisticated sound card to its potential.
Although deeply rooted in the limitations of the PlayStation console (limited menu system, weak music, no voice-overs), Final Fantasy VII's highly addictive, easy-to-learn gameplay should provide adventure and role-playing fans many hours of enjoyment. --Doug Radcliffe, Amazon.com
Featuring seamless 3-D gameplay and animation, Final Fantasy VII contains hundreds of pre-rendered, computer-generated backgrounds and features real-time battles, vast map screens, and a complex and engrossing storyline. Published on three CDs, Final Fantasy 7 is one of the largest and most richly detailed gaming experiences ever created.
There's lots to do on this game, whether you are into snowboarding, motorbiking, battling or even shooting hoops on a basketball ring, this game has something to offer EVERYONE. You'll see reviews saying that there's 40-60 hours gameplay on this from start to finish. If you ignore the side quests you can do it in 24. If you fancy having a play it can be well over 100 hours!!! So start drinking lots of coffee, you've a lot of late nights ahead!!
Five years ago, I sat in my classroom, arguing with my friends. My point was, and I was defending it wholeheartedly, Ocarina of time was the greatest game ever. However, an opposing friend laid his best card on the table. What about Final Fantasy 7?
"Yeah!" everyone shouted. "No way" I committed.
However, I ordered the quickly disppearing game and loaded it into my CD drive.
I never looked back.
This is not a game. It is a legacy. A legend. A story that defines everything we can feel as humans, and everything we want as consumers. Utterly satsified with this game, I want a sequel to its story. You are consumed by its emotion, hard core raw edge emotion. These characters are your friends, and you know them intimately. The story and the path you traverse with your companions is frought with danger, self discovery and surpirse. The whole way through you're learning about Cloud's past, and what can I say apart from, you actually can't wait to find out more.
When a certain character passes away in this game, you are devastated, because of the way it is presented to you, and because of the way you knew the character, and because of the way you know the other characters are all affected by the death.
It sucks you in!! You feel real emotions towards this! This can't be a simple game! This is fantastic!
Anything that can bring out an emotion from you should be commended, but this whoa.... commendations would go to a whole new level.
By the time you've endured the entire game, you feel empty, because there is a void in your life left by the game. And don't think this kind of thing is only for people who are "sad". I'm a sport junkie. But one day I wanted to play computer game, and ended up in the middle of something far more important. This thing affected me greatly, and now I won't be separated from it.
The music only brings you in further. My God, I feel tired now just thinking about the game so much.
You know when you want to impress upon someone just how much you love your favourite song/film/book? Well this is my description to you.
If you can, play this game, because it might just bring out something good in you.
The story is your typical RPG plot: Big bad man wants to take over/destroy the world, with the main character being part of some resistance group etc.
I must admit, the first 30 mins of the game is pretty boring, and can get very annoying when you die and have to redo parts of it, but that is just the same as any other RPG
The real genius in FF7 is the whole battle and weapon system. Not only does the character level up, but so does the character's special attacks and his/her "materia" (an equipped item that allows you to cast spells), so your spells become more powerful.
Final Fantasy 7 is a really brilliant game. My copy got scratched beyond repair, and I must admit that I really miss being able to play it.
I would reccomend anyone to buy this game as it really is just that good.
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