As someone who's never written anything about video games before, i figured this game would be a good one to start with.

Final Fantasy VII has held title of my favorite video game for about twelve years now. When i got my first copy in 1999, i didn't know anything about it. in fact, I believe my father got it for me as a gift as a mistake, thinking it was another game that i had asked for. It was terribly exciting to me when i started playing it, as a six or seven year old, because it had bad words in it like "damn" and it made me feel very adult and grown up, so it peaked my interest. At the time, i didn't quite have the capacity to undertake a game as involved as this one, so i grew bored with it about halfway through the first disc and i set it aside.

A few years ago, i picked it back up again, hearing that it was gathering monetary value as a cult following game and that it might be worth some money. I was not too turned by it's value, but instead by it's refound popularity. i decided to give it another go and ended up playing through to the part where Cloud and Cid (and whomever else is in your party at the time) fight Palmer and his goons and take off on the Tiny Bronco, and got stuck at that spot due to an error in the disc. i held that spot for several months waiting to find a cheaper copy at my local used game store. I ended up getting a very nice black label copy for i believe $20, which was incredible since at the time it was going for $75-150 on ebay depending on it's condition. I took it home, popped it in the playstation, played through the battle several times (I was rusty), and jumped for joy when the Tiny Bronco flight scene played through without a hitch, and i continued the game. A few weeks later, finding little bits of down time here and there to play, i finally beat the game, and it was one of the most accomplished feelings i had ever had in my life. So, now that i've poured out my soul, i will talk about the game.

The game, in my humble opinion, holds its own today against modern video games as far as plot thickness and the ability to convey an extremely lengthy story while still being an action packed RPG. It has everything! Romance, comedy, suspense, confusion, even a twist! The sheer depth of this game still blows me away as something that came out on the original playstation platform. Yes, it had three discs, but it was hours of gameplay. i mean HOURS. the first time playing all the way through, i logged about 56 hours into this game. A ridiculous amount of time. (though it pales to the over 150 hours i have into Fallout 3 on my pc...) There's just so much going on in the story of this game, it's like an interactive television series, with all it's twists and turns, new characters, new areas, plot twists, good guys, bad guys, good guys who turn out to be bad guys but are still kinda on your side in the end, side quests, and for the most part, it's an open world game. Sure, you have to follow the story line, but you can go pretty much wherever you want.

I'm not terribly good at writing about things. You should just go play the game.

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/01/2014 at 09:19pm

I think you're just fine at writing about things. And yes, Final Fantasy VII is an incredible game. I also loved VIII, which many people seem to dislike. It was different in quite a few ways, but I have probably put more hours into it than any game besides Elder Scrolls games, Fallout games, and Terraria.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 07/01/2014 at 10:52pm

Travis, who commented here before I did, was the one who introduced me to Final Fantasy VIII. I agree with him with regards to how much I love FFVIII. It is actually my favorite of the Final Fantasy games. Aside from the game play, it's probably also because it was the first one I was really introduced to and loved so much. Since he introduced me to FFVIII, I decided to play all of the others that I could. FFVII is definitely one of the greatest of the series and likely the most popular of the series. You're right, that the game is hard to find now, extremely popular, and worth a lot of money. I can't recall how many times I've played it, but I've played it plenty of times. I didn't play it until I went off to college even though I've had a demo of it from PC Gamer for a very long time. I remember when the PS3 came out, we were all hoping that Square was going to give us a Final Fantasy VII remake, after all they did tease us with a trailer. Sadly, the game has not yet been remade. Still, there's a movie out for it. If you really enjoyed the game I suggest you find a copy of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Even still, if you have a PSP, I recommend getting Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core. It's basically a prequel and is a really great game. I must admit that I cried at the end of it, but found out that I'm not the only guy who felt so emotional at the end of it. There's also Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus for the PS2. That game is about Vincent Valentine (the guy that I decided to name my son after). It was a short game and I don't think it was well received, but I think I liked it, but I've only played it once or twice. Thanks for posting!

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/02/2014 at 01:34am

Crisis Core is a reason to own a PSP. It's so good. Very different, but so much fun.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 07/02/2014 at 02:02am

Not only that, Travis, but many other of the Final Fantasy games were made for the PSP and are awesome! I have FF Tactics, FFI-III, Crisis Core, and FFIV: The After Years, although I played it more on the Wii and very little on the PSP.

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/02/2014 at 03:19am

Yeah, IV on the PSP is basically the definitive version. I need to actually play it. It's sitting on my hard drive... er... I mean... game shelf, yeah, that's the ticket... just waiting to be played.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/02/2014 at 04:29am

The after years really interests me. Hope it comes to Steam at some point.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/02/2014 at 05:48pm

I remember this game blew my mind back in the day, such a deep and engaging story line. Always great to read about it!

Zach_Foster   Post Author wrote on 07/03/2014 at 12:16am

I have crisis core and i agree that if you didn't have a reason to own a PSP (which i already did), that game would be that reason. As a prequel i believe it exceeded my expectations. I also have Dirge of Cerberus, which was an off-base sequel to FFVII that followed the story line of Vincent, who was a lesser known almost secret character of FFVII, but ultimately one of the coolest characters in my opinion. The movie was pretty good, i do enjoy watching it. I also have a copy of FFVIII and a sealed copy of FFIX (i've never played it). FFVIII is alright, but i've not had enough hours into it to get a real feel for the game yet as i picked it up pretty recently.

I really appreciate that people are commenting on this. I found a flier for this site from my trip to PRGE last year and thought i'd give it a go if for no other reason than to compile a list of all of my games and consoles. Thank you for making this website!

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