Review by Taske_Himara
"I'm sick of people saying this is bad..."
OK I'm sick of people saying that this game was either too long, to short, bad graphics, bad camera, or what ever they can come up with. In all its essence this game is truly the best Final Fantasy ever released or will ever be released and here's why:
The game starts you out as a new recruit in an anti-government group that's trying to destroy parts of the city to save the planet. As the story goes on you leave and find out about what the government has been doing with those parts that use the energy from the planet. When you have flash-backs you still get to control the character and reenact what happens even though no matter what you do the end result is the same. When you finally get off the first disc you really see the rest of the damage that the government has created when the super soldier everyone thought had died comes back and wreaks havoc on the world and you feel like you have to defeat him.
Sure the graphics aren't as great as some of the other games that were out at the time were but seeing as this was spread over three discs that shouldn't be your main worry. The graphics have a sort of cartoonish look to them while still looking all mature, while at other parts of the game(mainly in cut scenes) your character looks like something out of a chibi comic the real test is shown in the battles. When you go into a random battle and see your characters in there with fully and correctly proportioned bodies going against monsters that look like they could eat you and you see each individual tooth, claw, spine or whatever you are put into a state of awe until you realize that your getting the crap beaten out of you by the monsters. When you attack each person has a different set of graphics depending on what weapons they have along with animations.
This game is NOT recommended for beginner RPGers because this game not only is split over three discs but just going for the strait story you can spend over 10 hours on each disc, most of it leveling up far a boss. Some of the puzzles in the game are hard for even hard-core gamers because you have to have perfect timing, positioning, and patience. The bosses in this game go from easy to WTF were they thinking putting that in?! but if you use the right strategy against them any boss can be pretty easy.
The music in this game really is what can either make or break it. Some people will absolutely hate it because it's looping but others will love it because the songs loop near perfectly, each song fits the mood of the area, gives you a sense of urgency at times, and is just fun to listen to. The battle theme is one song that after a while you will only hear as you get stronger but when you fight a strong enemy after a minute you will realize that you have been humming, whistling, or a combo of the both. Sometimes when you go into a battle you will get the overdriven guitar version also so you have something new to listen to at times.
The menus in this game are about the same as any other RPG yet still different because you get to set the window color, text speed, battle system, and others.
The Minigames in FFVII are by far one of the best ever because once you play them in the main game you can go to the Golden Saucer and play them over and over again. One of the best minigames is the battle simulator because you can get battle points to spend there and get more and more items to use in the game.
Battle system: 10/10
Before you go into a boss battle you need to equip your items and Materia which can take a minute for a simple boss or you could spend up to ten minutes trying to get it perfect for a hard boss. When you go in to the fight you have a battle meter that when it's filled all the way up you can choose your command for that person. You mainly have three to four choices but as you get more and more materia you can get it up to eight or nine. Your HP is right by the battle meter along with your MP which lets you cast magic. In the menu you can set the battles so no matter what the enemy will attack or you can set it so while you're in the item/magic/summon menu the enemies don't attack at all.
Replay Value: 10/10
After you've beaten it once and go through again you can make different choices and see how the other characters react to you, you can find new items, and spend more time leveling up your characters.
Over all this is one of the best Final Fantasy games ever released and whatever people say when you play this you will be stunned by some aspect of it.
Battle system: 10/10
Replay Value: 10/10
Thanks for reading this review and hope you can find this game somewhere!
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 07/23/08
Game Release: Final Fantasy VII (US, 09/07/97)
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