Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy 7 is a Japanese RPG, originally released for the Sony PlayStation in 1997.
The game’s budget and scope in combination with Sony’s PlayStation install base, kudos and marketing reach in the West made for a perfect storm in 1997. The game released to perfect scores and critical acclaim.
While the original PC release came out in 1998, it wasn’t without its problems. However a cleaned-up PC remaster was released in 2012 and ported to PS4 and IOS (2015), Android (2018), and Switch and Xbox One (2019).
Final fantasy 7 features a turn based Active Time Battle system (ATB).
Each party member has an ATB meter that fills over time. Once the meter is full, they can perform an action such as attack, cast a spell, or use an item.
Players can access magic, attacks and moves by connecting orbs of Materia to their weapons and armour. Just like your characters, Materia levels up as you fight and progress in the game, giving you access to stronger spells and more devastating moves.
The Materia system is open to exploitation when you know what you’re doing. It allows a level of customisation that’s never really been replicated in a Final Fantasy game and it’s one of the reasons fans keep coming back.
The first few hours of Final Fantasy 7 will drop the player in the city of Midgar as Cloud Strife. A mercenary working alongside Avalanche; a terrorist group set up to work against the evil Shinra, a MegaCorporation which seemingly exists to suck the life force from the planet to feed its energy reactors.
Final Fantasy 7 gives players a sprawling world to explore. After leaving Midgar the game opens up and players are presented with the World Map with its landmasses to navigate, towns and villages to explore, and secrets to find.