PS1 classic Final Fantasy 7 celebrates 20th birthday but was not a perfect template for the series.
seems to me the article writer just had a hard time understanding the plot , is that the games fault though ? my 12 year old son has played through it and he seems to get what was happening/shrug
i ve said it again ....i consider FFVII the best FF leaving every other predecessor or sequel far behind....though it has its faults that some of them are mentioned in the article ....the overbloated -force-overcomplicated story is there...Zack inclusion , Cloud s identity crisis ,SOLDIER creation,Aeris backstory, the Ancients and what they really are..... were literally changed to the worst (more conmplicated without reason) the last minute ....even creators have admitted it ....if they just had left it as it was originally inspired more simple, more clear (Cloud to be a real Soldier , Aeris former love to be Sephiroth and really be both of them the last ancients , to not include at all Zack etcetc) would be possibly the greatest JRPG ever analogue to Star Wars in film industry
What the hell? FFVII was so damn easy to understand. Cloud's identity crisis was a single plot twist. If you can't understand that you're like someone who can't make it through an unlocked gate.
@Omnislash ..the thing is not simply to understand it ,every -fing -one understands it ...is not a damn science ....the thing is to create a more cohesive and pretty story that will be more memorable/classic ...smthing like Empires Strikes Back
The story is pretty easy to understand, it just have lots of different things going on and it has a few hidden cutscenes that explain the back story like Aeris parents, Lucrecia, & Zack/Cloud escaping Nibelheim so you have to pay attention to the text otherwise you'll get lost. Crisis Core did a great job at explaining the events before FF7 & Zack, anyone who's a fan of the game should play it.
@Naruga? Seriously? More cohesive? FFVII is as straightforward and cohesive as it gets! If you really deconstruct Star Wars the plot is not that thick. If anything I'd like less to be explained in turn for more foreshadowing to newcomers.
If Clouds identity crisis didn't exist, Sephiroth wouldn't have been able to toy with him so easily throughout the game. It's A pretty big aspect of their entire rivalry in the story. As for who the Ancients are...I don't know why you're so confused by that. It's pretty clearly explained in the game that they are the original ancestors of the planet. The only complications in the story are weird translation errors or poor wording in the script. For example, I remember being pretty confused as a child that Cloud was continuously called a "clone" even though he clearly had a regular childhood and wasn't created in a lab. It took me a while to realise they didn't mean a literal clone. I think that was just a poor translation more than anything else.
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Delete this topic please😂
Yo author, play the game again you clearly weren't following the plot or the characters.
Aerith! her name is Aerith!!!!!!!!!
apparently 3 people never played Final Fantasy 7 but know all about it /s
What is this damn cancer? FFVII had an easily comprehensible plot, if anything it was a too straightforward and easy to understand and I hope there is more foreshadowing in FFVIIR for new players. I played this when I was 14 and got everything. It was the first media that exposed the mentality of megacorporations to me, climate change, internal struggles with identity, and denial for multiple characters. You had a group of freedom fighting terrorists trying to take over a totalitarian empire/police state. Two first class SOLDIERs who could not accept their pasts, and a single plot twist for one of them. Easy peasy. I imagine some 8 year olds could figure it out lmao. 😂
"Two first class SOLDIERs who could not accept their pasts" who exactly do you mean?
Cloud and Sephiroth, obviously one had a plot twist though.
VII is easy to understand on paper. The problem is that the translation for the original version of the game was kind of dodgy, and this made the plot harder to understand at times. Sephiroth's rebirth, his control over Jenova cells, Jenova shapeshifted as Sephiroth, Jenova's parts mutating into boss monsters - these kinds of things were hard to understand purely because of how the script was localized. Again, on paper, the story is easy to understand, and isn't overly complicated. Also, the Cloud twist is probably the easiest thing about the plot to understand. I'm sure they'll improve how the story is told in the remake. No worries.
You probably getting disagrees because not everyone accepts the theory that Jenova shapeshifted into Sephiroth. That alone proves that the story isn't as easy and straightforward as everyone says.
It's not a theory though... Cloud remarks on how it throws parts of itself at them, and at one point even says they weren't pursuing the real Sephiroth the whole time.
* Problems? I've only ever made it through midgar when I played on my Vita 2 years ago. I loved what I played though but then the remake was announced and I had alreay stopped playing. * I get to experience 80% of this game brand new to me. * We are getting a cyberpunk type RPG...............Once again....What problem?
As ezcited as i am for the remake. You should definitly play the original. Its a great story and some of the best boss fights ive ever experienced. #beforequicktineevents
the remake will be 100 percent sh!t compared to the original they have already changed the battle style to some action junk like 15 that alone makes it a terrible remake. I can bet they don't follow the story the same way either and I can bet they f#$k up the characters as well edit: yeh you got me Golby I was never a final fantasy fan 😂 yet my first daughter is named Rinoa and my email address that I have had for over a decade and a half [email protected] 😂 nice try tho bud, take a lil look at my games too http://i66.tinypic.com/6jkp...
MR Magoo. You were never a final fantasy fan i can see. if you base all fo your assumptions off of the battle system did you even pay attention to the story. Final Fantasy games are now about their combat system. it is about the story, the party you follow for hours upon hours. their rises and falls. as for the story, they are expanding on it, hence why it is going episodic.
FF VII has a few issues that have plagued it and keep it from what I feel is the height of Final Fantasy. I found the Materia system too grindy, the story was only okay, and overall it wasn't as captivating of an experience for me as it was for others. I played this at the same time I was playing other PS1 JRPG titles like FF VIII, IX, and Legend of Dragoon around 15 years ago now, but FF VII was the weakest of the bunch for me in multiple ways. The author is off base saying the story was apparently a confusing mess, but it also wasn't as coherent as it could have been in the long run. I know I'm in an apparent minority thinking this way, but FF VII may actually be the most overrated game ever created. This has created a rabid fanbase that overhypes the game and somehow actually makes me think less of it since raising the game to the status of a holy symbol has only made me that much more critical of its various flaws and imperfections. I actually don't know if it's possible for me to enjoy the game at this point, and I honestly blame the fan base about 75% and my personal taste about 25%. I know I'm one of probably all of 10 people who actually isn't a fan of FF VII, but that's okay. You all enjoy the game you love, and I'll be that weirdo booting up Legend of Dragoon for the hundredth time.
hey manw e all have our opinions. BUT YOUR WRONG /S in truth though, i think one of the main things that at least pulled me into the game was the materia system, allows alot of customization that isn't present in most games any more. one of the reasons why it sticks so close to my heart (the game no materia) was the iconic Aerith scene. it came out of no where for me, after i had invested so much time with cloud and her. it may not seem like much now, but killing off a main character wasn't a very normal thing back in the 90s
FF7 is the greatest FF of all time in my opinion. Yes after all these years with new technology and storytelling it has gotten old but back then even with no voice acting the story had me immersed. Its the only FF game I have played 5 or 6 times and because of it I have bought every other FF game in the main number line after it except for ff11 as I had no access to internet at the time and ff13-3 because I had moved on to PS4 around that time. Heck I even bought a PSP for Crisis core and loved Dirge of Cerberus.
if i could, i was hug you, and give you a puppy!
By far the best FF in all of the series history is FF 9. I would die for a remake of 9 <3
Twenty years later, I'm still trying to figure why 7 is the "pinnacle of the series?" Personally, I prefer 6 over 7, however, I know just because I questioned why 7 is better I'm going to get a lot of down votes and massive trolling. At the time yes I was part of the "7 is the greatest" bandwagon; then I played 8 (which I found better in some areas), then I was able to play 6, which I found certain parts much more structured than 7. Biggest being a more diverse character development, and why everyone felt they had to take the final boss down. As someone mentioned below, the Japanese version does have certain areas of clarification where the US version had some "mistranslations," which does answer why certain areas were confusing.
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