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......also i don't understand why people say that "materia" should return only for FFVII. Materia are basically nothing more than energy condensed in crystals, and energy condensed in crystals is NOT a theme present only in FFVII, but i'd say instead that is one of the most common concepts in FF saga in general.
Mako energy, something only present in FFVII.
Well ok, it's OBVIOUS that you have to adapt the concept for the next FF' specific story, but basically materia are nothing more than energy condensed into crystals and this concept can be used with no problems even in other games since it's something very typical for Final Fantasy. Even "summons" can be called in differents ways depending on the game's background, but at the end of the day they are conceptually the exact same.
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