Review: Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII was not only the very first game I ever played in the series, but also the first RPG I ever played to its end, originally back in 1997. Returning to the game so many years later, after having played through its six predecessors, how did it stack up?

I actually started this game up on my PlayStation 3, using my original PlayStation 1 disc(s). However, the game had aged poorly, and I knew I had a PC version I’d bought back in the 90s, so I looked into how that might fare instead, knowing from last year that The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind had a bunch of updates from a fan community to modernize the game.

I was in luck! I found a great forum post that compiled a bunch of Final Fantasy VII PC mods into one installer! Once I had them all installed, the game looked absolutely amazing! Who needs an HD remake? I will say that, every now and then, I encountered some errors in the game due to my mods, and I did have to uninstall and reinstall more than a few times to fix things. But, in the end, it was worth it to play the game in an updated fashion.

As for the gameplay itself, it was fantastic. In fact, I’m not sure I had remembered that materia affected your character’s stats, but I did really love the materia system. It allowed for customization for every player as far as what abilities they possessed at any given time, and I could very easily swap between them without a loss in progress of those abilities being learned.

Regarding the characters, I basically stuck with Barret and Aeris, since they made the most sense in the context of the story. Eventually, I swapped Aeris for Tifa, but I did rotate characters in and out in order to learn Limit Breaks most effectively. I also loved how each and every character had backstory; an entire optional continent exists for the backstory of Yuffie.

The story was great, though — in true Final Fantasy fashion — it got a bit convoluted by its end. Still, I really enjoyed the game as a whole. I had many flashbacks of nostalgia, but I also discovered new things I swear I never even knew about from my earlier playthroughs.

Overall, it was quite clear by the time the game ended that this still is my favorite in the series. There wasn’t really any moments I did not enjoy, and I was always eager to play more and see how the next part of the game would turn out.

That said, the current rankings of the Final Fantasy series remain as follows:

1) Final Fantasy VII
2) Final Fantasy VI
3) Final Fantasy V
4) Final Fantasy IV
5) Final Fantasy II
6) Final Fantasy III
7) Final Fantasy


Final Fantasy VII was not only the very first game I ever played in the series, but also the first RPG I ever played to its end, originally back in 1997. Returning to the game so many years later, after having played through its six predecessors, how did it stack up?

I actually started this game up on my PlayStation 3, using my original PlayStation 1 disc(s). However, the game had aged poorly, and I knew I had a PC version I’d bought back in the 90s, so I looked into how that might fare instead, knowing from last year that The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind had a bunch of updates from a fan community to modernize the game.

I was in luck! I found a great forum post that compiled a bunch of Final Fantasy VII PC mods into one installer! Once I had them all installed, the game looked absolutely amazing! Who needs an HD remake? I will say that, every now and then, I encountered some errors in the game due to my mods, and I did have to uninstall and reinstall more than a few times to fix things. But, in the end, it was worth it to play the game in an updated fashion.

As for the gameplay itself, it was fantastic. In fact, I’m not sure I had remembered that materia affected your character’s stats, but I did really love the materia system. It allowed for customization for every player as far as what abilities they possessed at any given time, and I could very easily swap between them without a loss in progress of those abilities being learned.

Regarding the characters, I basically stuck with Barret and Aeris, since they made the most sense in the context of the story. Eventually, I swapped Aeris for Tifa, but I did rotate characters in and out in order to learn Limit Breaks most effectively. I also loved how each and every character had backstory; an entire optional continent exists for the backstory of Yuffie.

The story was great, though — in true Final Fantasy fashion — it got a bit convoluted by its end. Still, I really enjoyed the game as a whole. I had many flashbacks of nostalgia, but I also discovered new things I swear I never even knew about from my earlier playthroughs.

Overall, it was quite clear by the time the game ended that this still is my favorite in the series. There wasn’t really any moments I did not enjoy, and I was always eager to play more and see how the next part of the game would turn out.

That said, the current rankings of the Final Fantasy series remain as follows:

1) Final Fantasy VII
2) Final Fantasy VI
3) Final Fantasy V
4) Final Fantasy IV
5) Final Fantasy II
6) Final Fantasy III
7) Final Fantasy


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