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The Ultimate Classic RPG Guide for New Gamers: FF VII
Final Fantasy VII
One of the milestones of the series, Final Fantasy VII is arguably one of the best titles in the franchise. Some say it saved Final Fantasy's reputation, while others disagree and say that the previous entry was the savior. No matter where you stand on the topic, it's hard to deny how relevant Final Fantasy VII is to gaming history.
Cloud Strife, a former military elite, volunteers to take on Shinra Inc. at the request of a childhood friend. The Shinra is a global corporation that has dipped its hands in everything. Manufacturing, natural resource production, extortion, kidnapping and murder just to name a few. Apposing Shinra is the underground resistance faction, Avalanche. Barret and Tifa, Avalanche's founders, are more than anxious to flex Cloud as their new found muscle. Little does Cloud know how truly deep the roots of Shinra stretch.
I think what makes this game work is how well written the characters are. You'll grow to love, hate and even miss the characters as you go. The sheer love and positivity that Aeris stands for is inspirational. Cait Sith's selfishness will make him seem incredibly dubious. While Red's moments of innocence will warm your heart. I'm man enough to admit that I even shed a tear when misfortune falls upon one of your members. The dynamic of the dialogue, the intensity of the story and the player's connection with the characters are regrettably one of a kind.
There isn't anything special about battle. It's the same old turn based tradition that Square is so fond of. It maybe old, but at least there is comfort in a routine... The exception is Final Fantasy VII introduces the controllable limit break. A limit break is an incredible attack that a character can unleash when enough damage is taken. Final Fantasy VI has a randomized limit break, but it's very rare for them to activate. In this game, the option is yours to use it when when the right amount of damage has been done.
Again, Final Fantasy VII is victim to the blocky graphics plaguing the playstation. However I was able to overlook it since the title was one of the first games for the system. (Next gen PS system remake anyone!?) The only other real downfall is some of the translations aren't correct. "This guy are sick." comes to mind...
Final Fantasy VII is one of those great games everyone had. Anti RPG players owned it, horror fans played it and even shooter fans gave it a try. It really was everywhere. That's the sign of not only a classic, but an icon. This game really is not to be missed!
As always, I welcome your feedback and comments. Don't be shy, let me know what you think.
This is it, the game that saved the series.