Review by Benoid_Man
"One of the best RPGs of all time, it has a few minor quirks, but the great graphics and stroyline will keep you absorbed enough not to notice them."
The RPG with more hype surrounding it than any game I can remember, Final Fantasy 7 delivers hours and hours of intense battles, intriguing plot twists, and enough monsters to last a lifetime.
The basic plotline is this: Cloud Strife, the main character, is a mercenary joined with a ragtag group of rebels named AVALANCHE whose purpose is too destroy an evil corporation, Shinra Corporation, from siphoning Mako energy out of the planet, which happens to be the planet's lifesource. Your first mission with the group is to destroy a Mako reactor which pulls the energy out of the planet, and powers the city, Midgar. If you want the rest of the story, PLAY THE GAME. In case you have not figured it out, like all of the Final Fantasy series, this game has nothing to do with the prequel, Final Fantasy 6 (3 in the U.S.)
Gameplay is fairly straightforward when walking around and talking to others, but you have to learn how to use the fighting system real quick. The battle system is not too complicated, when your time bar fills, you select a command, and watch what happens, then wait untill it fills again, then repeat until you win. Sound easy? It isn't. Most of the controls will be explained as the player goes along. Pay attention to what the other characters tell you, and to the tutorials that come up. You can learn much more than by reading the instruction book.
Final Fantasy 7 has some of the best music ever found in a game. From the fanfare opening, to the rockin' boss battle tune, you will find yourself loving every minute of it. The sound effects are something to hear as well, but you'll notice they get repeated often, in different formats. Unforetunatly, in the old style of Final Fantasy games, there are no voices whatsoever. This game could be bought for just the audio alone and worth it.
Final Fantasy 7 may not seem like playing again once you beat it, but that is a huge misassumption. The game has numerous side quests, hidden areas, secret materia, and much, much more. You'll be playing the game over and over again just to see what you missed.
All in all, Final Fantasy 7 is one of the greatest RPGs of all time and definatly the best one on the playstation. If you own a Playstation, love RPGs and don't own this game, what's wrong with you, man!
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 12/16/02
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