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Hitting the Ground Running: Final Fantasy VII's Amazing Opening

RPGs typically start with the action set to a simmer. You slowly get to know a handful of characters and the world around them, and -- BOOM! -- some earth-shattering event sends your party on their epic quest. And it should be noted that this trope doesn't just exist in RPGs; Joseph Campbell's monomyth -- the foundation of nearly every fictional adventure -- dictates that stories begin with a "call to action," in which the hero is plucked from humble roots and thrown into mortal danger. Since RPGs largely focus themselves on story, it often takes more than a half-dozen hours before all of the key elements fall into place. Those not used to such leaden pacing often find themselves searching for a game that doesn't make you wade through hours of prologue before diving into action and excitement.

Asuka1330d ago

i agree, i kinda like the short and sweet opening to ff7. but if i am going to be playing an rpg i really dont mind how long the opening/prologue is. im in it for the story! imo the ff8 opening was much better. Though i can definitely see why people would prefer this prologue over ff8s simply because it brings you straight to gameplay/action. But for me if i am playing an rpg, i want as much story as possible. way too many devs focus on fast-paced gameplay and ignore story this gen (ff13)

wishingW3L1330d ago

FFVII is my favorite FF game of all but nothing and I mean, nothing beats the FF8 intro.

Carl_Shocker1330d ago

Totaly agree

Even though FF8 does a lot of things better then FF7 it still gets overshadowed by it which is totaly unfair. I mean yeah FF7 was a good game but if other FF games did things way better then it then give them credit.

izumo_lee1330d ago

Final Fantasy 7 set the standard for what a cinematic JRPG were gonna be from here on out. The production values of this game were indicitive of the route Squaresoft wanted to take their franchise.

Yes FF8 & others after this game arguably had better openings, gameplay, graphics, music & story or whatever but none of that would have happened if Final Fantasy 7 did not become the global phenomenon it became & the success it garnered. That is the reason why again i always harp on...love it or hate it there is no denying the impact this game had on future JRPGs.

DivineAssault 1329d ago

Hell yes.. Going from the SNES sprites & then seeing FF7 was like the biggest wow factor in any RPG i can remember..

MasterCornholio1329d ago

Any one still remember this?

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Damn it makes me wish that they remade this on the PS3.