Final Fantasy VII

Cloud Strife, an ex member of the military group Soldier, is hired for one mission by rebel group Avalanche. Their mission is to save the world from Shinra.

A corporation who supplies the planet with Mako energy and also leads Soldier. The problem with this is that Mako is constantly draining the world’s natural resources. After the mission Cloud joins the team. Even if reluctant. The story mainly revolves around Cloud and his shadowy past. Although many times, the plot leads off into storylines based on the other playable and non playable characters. This has been one of the main reasons for Final Fantasy’s success.

The depth of the characters and the general amount of game play to be enjoyed. It stretches over three disks. Even though games later on in the series would top this, FF7 is still staggeringly big. Starting off in the slums of Midgar. You gradually move out of the city and explore the world map. There are towns, holiday resorts and even a sunken submarine.

The graphics in the game were brilliant. Although now looking very outdated and mocked by some gamers as being extremely poor. But this was 1997. And at the time they blew the world away. And even today the cinematic bits are quite good. And some of the spells and summons are colourful and spectacular to watch.

Each character wields there own weird and wonderful weapon. Each with different battle poses and animations. The battles themselves were kept the same. Following the old turn based system and random battles. Using three members of your team to send into battle, you and your enemies took it in turn to attack.

This simple system was made far more interesting by materia. Much like magic in previous games, materia gives you the ability to use magic, defence and numerous other skills. And the appearance of the all powerful summons in 3D, brought many die hard FF a bit nostalgia. Alongside favourites such as Shiva and Ifrit, arrived new summons such as Hades and Kjata. These special forces release attacks of unbelievable strength, and work the same way as material. Normal battles are often accompanied by the odd boss battles. These are usually quite long, dramatic and furious brawls. You’ll be seeing a lot of these battles along your journey. By defeating monsters you earn experience points and gil (money). Enough experience point’s leads to higher levels for your characters.

This may be the hardest part of the game. Keeping the patience to train up your team before a big battle. And the random battles can get slightly repetitive. But the result is well worth it when your well built team wipes the floor with a boss.

The FF series has always delivered us with strong, feisty and sometimes downright strange characters, but FF7 tops all of them. In what other FF do you play as a genetically modified tiger like beast? Or a ninja, brandishing a giant boomerang? All of the characters have a secret or back story to be uncovered. And you will want to uncover them. You get to know every character and choose your favourites. And it’s not just your team’s story you’ll get involved in. The locals all have something to say which may or may not help you on your journey.

Basically, FF7 is a fantastic, original and deeply engrossing RPG. It gave us S ephiroth, one of the best bad guys in gaming history. 3d RPG’s and is hailed by many fans as the best FF ever. If this was never such a big hit, we may never have been here waiting for FF12.

Overall 10/10

Final Fantasy VII – Advent Children

Final Fantasy Advent Children is set 2 years after the events of Final Fantasy VII. People live in the new city called Edge City. This is a city which is located near the remains of Midgar.

Our story begins with the return of our hero Cloud Strife. Cloud lives a solitude life and has lost contact with his loved ones. He has a new attire in Advent Children which differs from his old purple outfit in Final Fantasy VII. Cloud belivs that he is still responsible for the death of Aerith. He is always looking to be forgiven in the movie.

As well as Cloud the whole Finla Fantasy VII Crew return in the movie. Tifa, Red XIII, Cid , Barret, Cait Sith, Vincent. Yuffie. One noticable person missing is Aerith. She is seen in a few scene’s where Cloud has enterd a field of Flowers and he is speaking to her. We are nto going to rui it for you by telling you Aerith does or doesnt come back as you have to watch the movie!

Cloud has 3 new enemies in Advent Children. Kadaj the leader of the silver haired men, and his brothers Loz, and Yazoo. Many people belive these are in-fact clones of sephiroth. They are all searchign for one thing. Jenovas hed. If the silver haired men ( Kadaj, Loz, Yazoo ) can find the head of Jenova then they can re-create the Sephiroth by having a reunion.

The turks have returned as well in Advent Children. They have been seen guarding a Feeble Man in a Wheel Chair. This man has the Shinra logo on his wheel chair and also has Shinra pictures in his house. Many people belive that it is in fact Rufus Shinra. Reno, Rude return as big characters in the film. At one stage Kadaj goes to visit the Wheel Chair Man and drops to Blooded ID Cards, With the pictures of Tseng and Elena on them. is this a hint that in fact the Wheel Chair man is Rufus Shinra?

On the last trailer that Square Enix had released it shows us 11 seconds of old footage but in the middle we actualy see Sephiroth! and at the end we see him about to fight with Cloud.

I have seen the movie and from what I gatherd from it I thought it was pretty darn good. Characters were great, the Graphics were second to no one and the plot was amazing. The story line could have been better but other than that the film was defently one to watch.

Overall- 8/10

Final Fantasy VII – Dirge of Cerberus

Dirge of Cerberus begins with the sudden appearance of a mysterious group raiding local towns. They are known as the Deep Ground Soldiers (DG Soldiers), a band of warriors driven to hide underground because of the disastrous Meteor. Our hero, Vincent Valentine, is somehow connected with these events, yet in what way remains unclear. And when the world is veiled in darkness, it is his revolver that will ring out the dirge…

Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core

Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core is based on the events before our hero Cloud Strife takes charge. The story starts of with a new hero who we are informed about during the events of Final Fantasy VII. This person is Zack. Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core will focus alot on some of the other characters in Final Fantasy VII such Sephiroth, Angeal, Aerith, Tseng, and a new character called Genenis. Without a doubt the game will also have some of the orginal cast such as Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockheart, but as like Dirge of Cerberus, this game is based on a different character with a different storyline/plot to the orginal Final Fantasy VII.

A major plot point was hinted in Dirge Of Cerberus, the final chapter of the Final Fantasy VII story, that their were 3 G Reports, these reports are the only records left of the Genesis Project and its aftermath. Within the three brief reports it tells of a project performed by Shin-Ra on a SOLDIER only known as “G”. It also discussed the whereabouts of “G” (or rather, Genesis), that he was sealed deep under the surface of Midgar by a SOLDIER who died in order to defeat him.