When you are getting off the train at the No. 1 Reactor, you can examine the fallen soldiers to find Potions. Most people normally just examine each soldier once two find the two Potions, however, if you examine the same soldier twice, you will get two Potions from him, but none from the other.
Did you know that Sephiroth shares the same character data as Vincent? This means that Sephiroth can use Vincent's guns, and Vincent can use the Masamune. Sephiroth even uses Vincent's stat growth. This is similar to Cait Sith and Young Cloud, they each share character data, but they cannot use each other's weapons.
Did you know that Sephiroth uses magic, even when he has no materia? It's coded into his AI to use the magic he has equipped, even if they technically aren't equipped. He also won't use materia you give him, he pretty much does whatever he pleases.
Did you know that Sephiroth is not truly invincible? He does not take damage, but he is NOT immune to attacks that knock a player out of battle, which means that Sephiroth technically can die.
Final Fantasy VII was the first of the Final Fantasy games to feature 3D graphics.
In Final Fantasy VII's Japanese release, Aeris (as she is known in the U.S. release) has the name "earisu", written in katakana. The translation team at Squaresoft translated this as Aeris for the international releases of FFVII. However, in later references to FFVII - such as the Kingdom Hearts series - her name would be translated as Aerith, most likely because the "su" character in katakana often refers to the "th" sound in English.
Did you know that the battle with Safer Sephiroth in the Original Japanese Version is actually quite different from the battle in the U.S.? He no longer opens with Wall, but with Slow. He uses Flare instead of Shadow Flare. Pale Horse is Gravity-Elemental, which means it does not kill. Super Nova is only 20 seconds in length, and does kill now! Lastly, instead of swapping Break for Heartless Angel, he instead swaps Break for Death Sentence.
In the Coral Valley, one can see a cave entrance with a vine reaching up to it. This cave can never be accessed in-game; it is surmised that it once held an item that was dummied out of the game.
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There is a noticeable difference between the Japanese and international releases of Final Fantasy VII in the Temple of the Ancients: specifically, I refer to the clock room puzzle. There, in the international version most are familiar with, you are able to manually move the clock hands to go to a desired room: however, in the original Japanese version the clock is randomly determined, allowing you to choose where to go to only after having fallen thrice.
There is a minor glitch in this game regarding the Cover Materia. The rate of Cover can normally go as high as 255% by equipping multiple Cover Materia, however, if you equip too many then the rate will cycle back to 0%
There is a glitch with Magic Defense in this game, which has a parallel to Evade in Final Fantasy VI. For reasons unknown, the Magic Defense contribution of armor is not added to the wielder's Spirit stat, making such contributions immaterial. This was fixed by the 2012 PC rerelease though.
In the North American version, when you attempt to save to a memory card that is full it will say, "No enough memory left on Memory Card". This was intended to be changed on the PAL version, but clearly left undone and unchecked as, "Please change this to "Memory card full"".
In the original Japanese version you cannot fight the Ruby, Emerald, or Diamond Weapons, making their respective items and various extras unobtainable.
In the Ghost Square part of the Gold Saucer, there is a green pumpkin in the room. If you examine it, it will laugh. The laugh it uses it actually slowed down from the iconic laugh of Kefka, the main antagonist in Final Fantasy VI.
The Spanish translation of Final Fantasy VII is often regarded as one of the worst localizations of all time. Most shockingly among the various errors are references to Aeris, Yuffie, Tifa, and other female characters as men, an error not seen in any other localization or other re-release of the game to date.
During development, Final Fantasy VII was to be on the Nintendo 64, but it was moved to the PlayStation due to memory limitations.
Early concept art for Final Fantasy VII showed it as a 2D game, much like its predecessors, although played from an isometric perspective. Early concept art also shows a number of Final Fantasy VI characters in it, indicating that FFVII may have at one point been intended as a true sequel to FFVI, or that these characters were intended to cameo or be used in beta-testing at some point.
Originally, Final Fantasy VII's story was to be set in New York City during 1999. It was also to have a "detective story" theme and the main character was to be "Hot Blooded Detective Joe", who would chase the main protagonists and ultimately blow up Midgar.
Ironically, the final boss of this game only has 1 HP. Of course, this is mostly left as such because the final battle is plot-driven more than anything and thus made so that you are certain to kill, regardless of level.
The introductory parts of Sephiroth's theme played during the final bosses ("One-Winged Angel") was inspired largely by the song "Purple Haze" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
To this day, many people still question why and how Cloud's massive Buster Sword is able to remain on his back. The answer lies in his early concept artwork: there is a magnet strapped to Cloud's back and pants straps that holds the sword in place.
Originally, Cloud was not to have his iconic spiky hair but rather slicked-back, black hair: the intentions with this included a contrast to Sephiroth's white hair and to also use slightly less memory. Though it was changed, a similar hairstyle was later used for Angeal in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.
Much of the plotline surrounding Aeris's death and the Lifestream was derived from the death of Hironobu Sakaguchi's mother. This led him to create a story that shows that, just because someone has died, they are not truly gone.
Aerith: This guy are sick.
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Yuffie Kisargi: C'mon Cloud, say something...
Aeris Gainsborough: You remember me?
Barret: Oh yeah? Well to me it looks like a shiny golden wire of hope!
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Cloud Strife: No one lives in the slums because they want to. It's like this train, it can only go where the tracks take it.
Godo: Strength without determination means nothing, and determination without strength is equally useless.
Vincent Valentine: I have nothing to say.
Rude: Do you know who I am?
Palmer: Hey-hey! Tea! Can I have some too? With lotsa sugar and honey and... oh yeah, don't forget the lard!
Barret: I know you got problems... hell, we all do. But you gotta understand that there ain't no gettin' offa this train we're on, till we get to the end of the line.
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Cid Highwind: Shut up! Sit your ass down in that chair and drink your goddamn TEA!
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Tifa: Cloud... Words aren't the only thing that tell people what you're thinking.
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Sephiroth: You are just a puppet... You have no heart...and cannot feel any pain. How can there be any meaning in the memory of such a being? What I have shown you is reality. What you remember, that is the illusion.
Vincent Valentine: Too much hope is the opposite of despair... an overpowering love may consume you in the end.
Cloud Strife: If everything's a dream, don't wake me.
President Shin-Ra: These days, all it takes for your dreams to come true is money and power.
Rufus Shin-Ra: I'll let you hear my new appointment speech. My old man tried to control the world with money. It seems to have been working. The population thought that Shinra would protect them. Work at Shinra, get your pay. If a terrorist attacks, the Shin-Ra army will help you. It looked perfect on the outside. But, I do things differently. I'll control the world with fear. It takes too much to do it like my old man. A little fear will control the minds of the common people. There's no reason to waste money on them.
Rufus Shin-Ra: People are ignorant. They'll feel better as long as someone is punished.
Cid Highwind: I don't care if it's science or magical power. No, come to think of it, if I had to, I'd put my faith in science. Because of science, humans who used to crawl around on the ground can now fly, and soon we're about to go into space! I've earned my living thanks to science, so to me, there's nothing greater.
Vincent Valentine: I was frozen in time, but I feel as if my time is just beginning...
Bugenhagen: Looking up at the sky too much makes you lose perspective.
Cloud Strife: All right, everyone, let's mosey.
Bugenhagen: Eventually... all humans die. What happens to them after they die? The body decomposes, and returns to the Planet. That much everyone knows. What about their consciousness, their hearts and their souls? The soul, too, returns to the Planet. And not only those of humans, but everything on this Planet. In fact, all living things in the universe are the same. The spirits that return to the Planet merge with one another and roam the Planet. They roam, converge, and divide, becoming a swell, called the 'Lifestream'. Lifestream... in other words, a path of energy of the souls roaming the Planet.
Sephiroth: Only death awaits you all. But do not fear. For it is through death that a new spirit energy is born. Soon, you will live again as a part of me.
Sephiroth: It's simple. Once the Planet is hurt, it gathers Spirit Energy to heal the injury. The amount of energy gathered depends on the size of the injury... what would happen if there was an injury that threatened the very life of the Planet? Think how much energy would be gathered! Ha, ha, ha. And at the center of that injury will be me. All that boundless energy will be mine. By merging with all the energy of the Planet, I will become a new life form, a new existence. Melding with the Planet... I will cease to exist as I am now... only to be reborn as a 'God' to rule over every soul.
Cloud Strife: Aeris... she was smilin' 'til the end.
Vincent Valentine: I don't care what you're doing, so much as the idiotic way you're doing it.
Barret Wallace: How much farther do these stairs go on?
Barret Wallace: I don't got any answers. I wanna be with Marlene... but I gotta fight. 'Cause if I don't, the planet's gonna die... so I'm gonna keep fightin'!
Tifa Lockheart: You see that, Cloud?
Barret Wallace: C'mon newcomer. Follow me.
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Barret: Cetra? That some kinda disease?
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Connection to Other Media
When Cloud is confined to a wheelchair in Mideel, when playing as Cid, if you continually talk to Cloud, he makes a reference to Xenogears. "A billion mirror fragments... small ... light ... taken ... angel's...singing voices......Xeno...gears..."
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