Genre | RPG
Developer | Square
Platforms | PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PC
Website | http://www.finalfantasyviipc.com
Final Fantasy VII is an RPG wherein the player controls a mercenary and the friends that he meets while he travels the world searching for Sephiroth, a man with whom the player’s character shares a connection that is revealed over the course of the game. Along the way, the party is beset by mutated creatures, wrestles with personal demons, and fights against the ShinRa Electric Energy Company that acts as a de facto worldwide government.
Final Fantasy VII takes place from a third-person perspective. In combat, the player controls each character by selecting an attack from a list. Characters can only attack after time has passed since their last attack. Defeating enemies earns experience points for the characters the player controls. These points cause the characters to level up. Leveling up increases a character’s statistics. These statistics control values like how long the character must wait between attacks and the amount of damage done by their attacks. Sometimes the player’s party fights boss enemies, which are more difficult than regular enemies. Bosses offer more experience points when defeated. If the player cannot defeat a boss, they can go fight other enemies to earn experience points, allowing them to level up and increase their stats. This process affords the player a greater chance of defeating the boss.
The plot in Final Fantasy VII involves world travel, anarcho-capitalism, snowboarding, love, and environmentalism, among other themes. In various instances throughout the story the player’s party meets Sephiroth, who departs rather than engaging in combat with the player’s party. The pursuit of Sephiroth brings the player’s party to different locations, each of which has distinct aesthetic and narrative elements, such as Midgar, where wealthy individuals live on a plate in the sky while poor individuals live in slums on the ground, or Wutai, where the consequences of a lost war against the ShinRa Electric Energy Company include an economy that is now based on tourism.
The graphics in Final Fantasy VII are made up of polygonal character models set in static pre-rendered environments. During field travel segments, the models are comparatively much smaller and less detailed than they are in battle, where they are larger and also more realistically proportioned. The music in Final Fantasy VII is primarily made up of melodic symphonic tracks, with occasional rock music, jazz, and other music, all of which is synthesized. Final Fantasy VII features no voiced dialogue, and the sound effects are also completely synthesized.
The player’s party visits a town where the installation of a ShinRa Mako Reactor has destroyed the town’s coal-based economy. Later, one character enter’s the mercenary character’s subconscious, where a large model of the mercenary floats in the air while struggling with an existential crisis. When encounters enemies on the field while traveling, the battle backgrounds include the shore of the beach. The player also pilots a submarine. It is possible to recruit secret characters, one of whom the player can encounter by spending time in forests. At one point, the player’s character crossdresses in an effort to rescue another character.