Final Fantasy VII was the first Final Fantasy game released on the original PlayStation. It has a strong following even about 6 years after its release, with forums dedicated to the game getting new responses daily.
When Final Fantasy VII came out for the PlayStation, it revolutionzed the RPG genre and brought it to the mainstream. Before Final Fantasy VII came out, people would think RPGs were for nerds, but that has since changed.
Final Fantasy VII stars ex-SOLDIER Cloud, who is on a quest for revenge. Who is he trying to get revenge on, you ask? A fellow by the name of Sephiroth, who is very strong.
The gameplay of Final Fantasy VII stays true to its roots at some parts, with the Active Time Battle meter still in the game. The game also has hit points (HP) and magic points (MP), but it does add some new stuff: limit breaks and materia.
Limit breaks are special attacks that your character can perferm when his or her limit meter is filled up.
Materia is used to use magic, summon monsters that will help you such as Ifrit and Shiva, and other things. You can find it in the areas, like in treasure boxes or it might be right there in front of you.
The graphics are good, but not great, although they were first-rate when the game was originally released back in 1997. The backgrounds are pre-rendered, while the characters are made of actual 3D polygons, not unlike games like the Resident Evil series.
Final Fantasy VII has one of the best soundtracks of any game. From the music when you first start the game to the music at the end of the game, the soundtrack is beautiful and composed very well. The music is so great, I have the 4-CD soundtrack of the game.
The replay value is through the roof. Sure, the game may be the same once you complete it and play through it again, but the game is so good you will just want to go back and play through it again and again.
In conclusion, Final Fantasy VII is the type of game that people will remember forever. It may not have the flashiest graphics, or the best gameplay, but the game is so good in every area that it doesn't matter. If you don't have this game yet, shame on you. If you have this game, then why are you reading this review? Shouldn't you know how good this game is already? ;)