RPGfan: Nearly twenty years after its initial release on PlayStation, I beat Final Fantasy VII for the first time.
I was given a copy by a colleague about 5 years ago, but hadn't had the time or motivation to actually play it until this year. I think most of you would agree with me if I said it was one of the greats, one of those "must-play" titles if you want to be a true RPG connoisseur. It's consistently voted as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, RPG of all time in amateur polls and professional features, and whether it's given special treatment through rose-tinted glasses or not, it's clear that FF VII has had a significant and lasting legacy.
Even in 2015, I can see why this is the case; VII has a remarkable cast of likeable characters and tells an exciting story filled with evil villains and troubled heroes. Not to mention the excellent gameplay, of course. Still, what is it about Final Fantasy VII that makes it so memorable, so loved in the community? Plenty of other games have equally stellar casts, the combat was improved by the releases of IX and X, and obviously game graphics have improved by nearly unimaginable amounts, yet Final Fantasy VII remains a fan favourite. Why?
I think it's simple: charm.