Review by YSF

"PC owners finally have the chance to try out what's the best RPG series in the console history!"

Final Fantasy VII revolutionised the RPG genre in 1997. Its significance to the game market is asolutely undeniable-a game that sold millions of copies worldwide; the most revered specimen which all RPGs looked upon to.

Yes! If you read many reviews regarding Final Fantasy VII in any game magazines such as Electronic Gaming Monthly, Gamepro, or whatever website, you probably heard people saying that it was Final Fantasy VII who introduced people to RPG series. I know there are people who agree and disagree with this statement. [An example is Dingo Jellybean who disagree with this statement in his Final Fantasy Anthology.] Yes, Dingo Jellybean's right! What about games like Final Fantasy VI which also sold millions of copies in Japan? I strongly agree with him. But, if you look at it from different angles, Final Fantasy VII is a very important title to the PlayStation. Why? Before Final Fantasy VII were released, RPGs were never the most important genres for the PlayStation-the game that puts Sony in the no 1 leading hardware manufacturer. And, most of my friends haven't played the past Final Fantasies before other than VII and VIII.

When Final Fantasy VII was released, it recieved many critics as well as compliments. Face the fact! Final Fantasy must change! Whether you like the prerendered backgrounds or not, i have to admit that the game is really great! PC gamers finally have the chance to try what's the best RPG series!

To make things short, i won't go into details about the story, gameplay etc since i have described everything quite detail in my PlayStation Final Fantasy VII review. Instead, i will like to focus on my personal thoughts about the PC version.

First of all, the game has four discs, and it contains one extra disc for installation. No big deal, right! So, should i buy it or not?

As usual, if you have a good hardware, meaning with a PC that has at least 233 MHZ, MMX technology, having a good 3-D accelerator, a good sound card and preferrably a controller for us with the PC, buy it at all cost, even if you have the PlayStation version again!

Buy it to relive the classic feel again! Yes, assuming that you have a very good PC... Imagine how much better the graphics will be! Smoother graphics, slower load times, better sound and so on...And, think about!

BUT if you have a PC with NO DECENT 3-D accelerator, sound card, or no MMX technology or have a very slow computer, and ALREADY has the PSX version, don't waste your money and time again to buy the PC version. Instead, if you want to play Final Fantasy VII again, it's recommended that you play the PSX version.

Why? I have seen people with a very slow computer, trying to make Final Fantasy VII works on their PC. Guess what's the result? Pathetic super long load times, super-weak control etc that brings shame to this great game. And, you now know why i say you buy the PSX version instead! If you have a slow computer, don't play Final Fantasy VII on your PC as this seems to downgrade Final Fantasy VII's quality.

One bad thing about playing Final Fantasy VII on your PC is that you have to play it with your keyboard unless you have a controller for PC. Definitely, a keyboard doesn't suit for playing a RPG game.

Well, come to the most interesting part of this review now. So, without a publisher, how is Square going to bring Final Fantasy VII to the PC version? Simply enough, Eidos will be the helping Square to publish Final Fantasy VII for the PC.

Eidos is helping Square to correct some grammatical errors and some sentence structure for the text. And, if you have played the PSX version, you will understand why. [Expect grammar erros, some abusive or foul language in PSX version!] But, that's what brings in the disappointment! Eidos changes the text too much and this makes the PC version look very badly translated! [Too bad, Square Electronic Arts, SquareEA was not formed at that time, if not, this publishing license would definitely go to SquareEA for sure!]

The PC version does not differ much from the American PSX version. The two weapons, specifically Emerald and Ruby weapons are there. The only thing extra is that it contains four discs, with one that is for installation. Other than some text differences, the porting from the PSX to PC is a direct port.

Nevetheless, Final Fantasy VII had lived up to its name, and the PC version managed to sell quite impressively well. A pity that neither Final Fantasy Collection nor Anthology would be released for the PC. For your information, FFC/A is a compilation of the past Final Fantasies. [IV to VI!] Perhaps, Square thinks that the game is too old! Right now, Final Fantasy VIII is on its way to the PC version and it will be released somewhere in late January 2000. Let's hope it turns out great!

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 01/22/00, Updated 12/16/02

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