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FF7 Retrospective
Final Fantasy 7 retrospective

It’s pretty much impossible to agree on which Final Fantasy game is the greatest. While themes, structure, gameplay elements, and creatures remain consistent throughout the series, each game offers up a unique story, usually set in a totally original world with a new cast of characters.

Although the question of the series’ peak remains a point of constant debate, one game often dominates the conversation due to the sheer impact it had in driving the series forward. Final Fantasy VII not only broke new ground for the series, but also challenged expectations of what games could accomplish, with a wildly ambitious story, fleshed-out characters, and a world that felt both fantastical and entirely plausible.

FF7 Remake

It’s pretty much impossible to agree on which Final Fantasy game is the greatest. While themes, structure, gameplay elements, and creatures remain consistent throughout the series, each game offers up a unique story, usually set in a totally original world with a new cast of characters.

Although the question of the series’ peak remains a point of constant debate, one game often dominates the conversation due to the sheer impact it had in driving the series forward. Final Fantasy VII not only broke new ground for the series, but also challenged expectations of what games could accomplish, with a wildly ambitious story, fleshed-out characters, and a world that felt both fantastical and entirely plausible.

Sephiroth - FF7 Retro

VII was a leap forward for the series in more ways than one. It was the first Final Fantasy to launch on Sony’s PlayStation system, and also the first to be rendered in polygonal 3D. While the game’s character models and pre-rendered backgrounds might seem simplistic to our eyes that have grown accustomed to 4K resolutions, it was truly groundbreaking for its day.

Watching the game’s pre-rendered opening cutscenes segue seamlessly into the first moments of gameplay was a breathtaking glimpse of the future of gaming. When you transitioned into battle, you were transported into a fully-3D environment, allowing the camera to provide cinematic angles for the stunning attacks, spells, and summons that made the combat so exciting.

Battle - Final Fantasy 7 retro

Final Fantasy VII was also forward-looking in terms of its storytelling. While Final Fantasy VI incorporated elements of steampunk, VII took things a step further, transporting the series to a futuristic setting that allowed the story to touch on big themes like wealth inequality and environmentalism.

This ambitious story was anchored in multi-faceted characters that were relatable while still being flawed in unique ways. Even the game’s big-bad Sephiroth is given an in-depth backstory which runs parallel to the game’s reluctant hero, Cloud.

Whether it was your first taste of Final Fantasy or you’re planning your very first playthrough when the remake launches, Final Fantasy VII is a special experience that every gamer should witness.

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