On January 31, 1997, one of the greatest role-playing genres was released to the world, entitled Final Fantasy VII. Originally developed by Square for the first PlayStation console, FFVII is the seventh installment in a series that was initially tied to handheld devices. The game brought to life one of the most memorable video game characters, Cloud Strife, a mercenary from an elite super soldier organization called SOLDIER who joins forces with an eco-terrorist organization called AVALANCHE set to prevent the conglomerate Shinra from using the planet’s life essence as an energy source. As the story progresses and the events begin to unravel, they learn of a superhuman called Sephiroth. Sephiroth was the result of an experiment by Shinra in which was injected with cells from an extraterrestrial form named Jenova and upon realizing this decides to take control of what he believes to be his fate and take the planet as his own. Cloud and notable allies such as Tifa Lockheart, Vincent Valentine, Barret and Aerith Gainsborough decide they need to put an end to Sephiroth. We all remember the dramatic sequences from the original game where Cloud discovers his origins and especially when Sephiroth takes the life of Aerith. Initially heartbroken and angered once Sephiroth did the unforgivable it just made me as the player want to press on and destroy him as I’m sure others felt. Nonetheless, Cloud and Sephiroth have become a staple to the FF series having appeared multiple times in other series such as Kingdom Hearts, Ehrgeiz, LittleBigPlanet, Dissidia and Super Smash Bros. In addition, both Cloud’s Buster Sword and Sephiroth’s Masamune are notable weapons for their unique appearances. Final Fantasy VII brought something unique to the series, a heartfelt storyline, with a well-thought out word map and a set of characters with whom fans all fell in love with.
This is the reason why awaiting the Final Fantasy VII remake is so difficult. Seeing the preview videos and the amazing graphics and gameplay immediately takes me back to playing the original series and makes me excited to see how they reinvent the story, characters and the world with all the new cutting-edge technologies we have in graphics today. Don’t get me wrong, I am a stickler for the classics, pixelated graphics and all lol, but there is just so much to FFVII that could be done with what we have now that it’s impossible not to be eager. Check out the images to the remake below.
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