Final Fantasy VII


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For anyone else buying this again, or for the first time.

Let's party like it's 1997!!
#1 at 21:45:33 - 04/06/2009
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I've completed it about four times and own the PSone game like a legit fan. :P

Gotta say, though, as fun as it was playing it as a kid, now I just can't, because of:

1. D-pad controls. So frustrating only being able to run 8 directions.
2. Poor translation. I let my imagination fill in the blanks, as a kid, but the plot really makes no kind of sense.
3. Blocky graphics. I mean, waaaay too blocky. It looks ridiculous.

I'm glad to have played it in the most suitable era at the most suitable age.
#2 at 21:52:18 - 04/06/2009
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Is it any good? Never played a Final Fantasy or JRPG before.
#3 at 22:01:39 - 04/06/2009
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Syrok said:Is it any good? Never played a Final Fantasy or JRPG before.


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Yeah, it's alright.
#4 at 22:12:55 - 04/06/2009
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It was good, maybe a six or seven out of ten but it means a lot more to people that played it back in the day. I hadn't so I came to it cold and it was just merely 'good'.

It's like any retro game really though. I love Rainbow Islands, but then I loved it as a child. Someone coming to it today probably wouldn't be able to see all of the fuss. They'd probably like it, but that would be it.

I had a point when I started this post.
#5 at 22:13:11 - 04/06/2009
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It was the first proper JRPG I ever played and loved it, especially little things like the arcade area and snowboarding.

I tried it on the PSP a year or so ago and it just was good but not great. It takes too long to get going and the cutscenes are far too long for me these days.

It would probably still be brilliant now for anyone that has never played anything like it and is very young (I'm thinking under 15) with plenty of time on their hands.
#6 at 22:34:53 - 04/06/2009
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Random battles, dodgy graphics, poor translation... I'd say FFVII is actually one to leave aside. Go for FFXII - it's cheaper and looks bloody ace upscaled on a PS3
#7 at 23:00:48 - 04/06/2009
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Yeah, it still has plenty of those traditional RPG bugbears - random battles, sections where you just have to talk to everyone in a village before you can progress, some extended gaps between save points and some bouts of grinding - so it might be a bit of a culture shock if you're used to more recent games and other genres.

But the story really is a cracker, and the characters are mostly a pretty likeable bunch, something Square has actually struggled to recreate with more recent FF games. Yes the graphics are a bit dated but it still generates a fantastic amount of atmosphere, oh, and the score's wonderful too.

As Rhythm says though, arguably XII is a better bet for a FF newcomer, and I can definitely attest to how good that looks on a PS3, having played it most of the way through (my second playthrough) on my PS3 not long ago. Awesome game.

NewYork said:What the gay frick is Rainbow Islands? o_0


Where's Retroid when we need him, eh!?
#8 at 23:23:59 - 04/06/2009
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Hum, I couldn't download FFVII even if I wanted to. It's not on the German PSN.

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Anyway, you guys say FFXII is better so may have a look around for that the shops next time I get into town.
#9 at 00:53:13 - 05/06/2009
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I played FFVII for half an hour and it put me off FF and RPGs for life.

What is this "let's take it in turns to hit each other until one of us dies" shit?
#10 at 16:19:38 - 21/07/2009
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I sent my mum to get a refund, really didn't like it. One of the worst birthday presents I ever got, only narrowly beaten by Sonic Party or what ever that board game Sonic thing was called.
#11 at 16:44:47 - 21/07/2009
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FFVII is one of the most returned games ever, I remember reading. Not surprising, considering how many meathead gamers must have bought the game based on the amazing advert (which showed only the FMV bits).

I myself bought it after reading a long review in CVG, and deciding that this was the story-based game I'd been searching for ever since I had completed Monkey Island 2 on the Amiga.

And I too wanted to return it after the disappointment of seeing turn-based battles (I'd have preferred no battles at all) and pretty much failing to understand the entire concept.

I tried to start playing it on several occasions, only to quit after a few minutes each time.

Then I stuck with it and was transformed into an RPG-queer forevermore (damn you, FFVII).
#12 at 16:52:52 - 21/07/2009
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Maybe I was too used to western RPGs like Ultima, though I really liked phantasy star on the megadrive.

I'd asked for it for my birthday so it was my own fault.
#13 at 18:21:48 - 21/07/2009
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Okay, so I just started playing Crisis Core - first of all, what's the deal with games throwing you back to the title screen when you die? One of the most frustrating things in a game IMO and should have been stamped out years ago.

But generally it's quite a good game. The cut scenes in particular are pretty stunning but the game in general looks rather nice for a portable title. Have to admit I got very bored very early on in Final Fantasy VII so I don't really know the story at all - is this the story of how Sepiroth went bad? Or was he always bad and SOLDIER are the bad guys and the other guys also beginning with S are the good guys? I'm guessing not, what with the genetically modified monster/human clone things.

But yeah it's a pretty good game, I'm sure to those who played and enjoyed Final Fantasy VII it'd have even more relevance, I'd recommend giving it a look.
#14 at 22:26:46 - 14/03/2010
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blizeH said:is this the story of how Sepiroth went bad?

Yeah, that's a part of it. From what I've read about Crisis Core and what I understand from playing through FFVII's plot, it's the story of SPOILERS how Zack dies and Cloud ends up taking his identity END SPOILERS.


FFVII's plot is pretty much a confusing mess, especially in its translated form, so Crisis Core seems to be pretty much a clean-up operation/fan-service where they try to rationalise all the events that followed.
#15 at 11:16:35 - 15/03/2010
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This forum needs a spoiler tag! :X

But it doesn't matter too much, I read that and thought "Who's Zack?!" - Googled it and was like... oh!

From what you said, especially in your second paragraph, I do kinda wonder why I'm playing this, the more I think about it the story isn't doing anything for me at all, the gameplay is quite boring and like I mentioned above, the way it takes you back to the title screen when you die is really frustrating.

But still, those graphics and cut scenes are really nice :-)
#16 at 11:39:00 - 15/03/2010
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Apologies! To be fair, most people will play Crisis Core already knowing that, so I'm sure that's like knowing the Titanic will sink. It adds to it. :)
#17 at 11:56:21 - 15/03/2010
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Haha, no need to apologise at all NY! Like you said if anything it adds to it, and anyone who played FFVII (ie 99% of people playing Crisis Core) will already know it anyway, so I'm glad you mentioned it, and if anything I may use it to help me get to the end of the game - have you completed it btw?
#18 at 12:06:39 - 15/03/2010
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Nah, haven't played it at all. Doesn't interest me, particularly :) It seems a well-produced game, but like Advent Children it just strikes me as unnecessary fan-service.
#19 at 12:24:14 - 15/03/2010
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I wonder what people think of this blog piece.

It's an essay on returning to FFVII (it hasn't aged well) combined with some of the writer's own biography and general themes of nostalgia.

I'm quite a fan of the style.
#20 at 22:15:24 - 04/03/2015

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