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Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Fusion of drama and gameplay Cor 13 (173953) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Hey-hey, I saved the world again today! The Fabulous King (1303) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Love it or hate it, this game made the PlayStation. Anatole (52) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
The seventh era of Square's rule DreinIX (9398) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Great 32-bit capture of the original spirit of the series, yet it lead everyone in the wrong direction Zovni (9327) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
If Everest is the higher mountain in the world, then Final Fantasy 7 is the Everest of videogames. Depth Lord (933) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Yuffie, give back all my materia!.. Fading3 (21) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Quite possibly the most overrated game of all time.... MasterMegid (897) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars
The best of the best. Rufus Shinra (20) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The greatest game I have ever played Stuart Max (9) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.3
Overall User Score (386 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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Cela fait désormais dix ans que je cherche au moins un défaut à Final Fantasy VII. Il a bien vieilli en dehors des graphismes, mais on lui doit une durée de vie exemplaire, et rares sont les personnes qui en sont venus à bout à 100%, le scénario est prenant, l’intrigue vous tiendra jusqu’au dénouement final, les personnages ont beaucoup de charisme, la musique signée de l’inévitable Nobeo Uematsu s’avère magistrale et mémorable, l’univers futuriste créé nous surprend et l’aventure FFVII ne peut que nous ravir, à moins de ne pas aimer les RPG ou la série en elle-même. Là aussi, j’en connais. Pour conclure de manière un peu osée, je dirais que FFVII est probablement l’un des meilleurs RPG de tous les temps, à tous les points de vue.
Mettiamola così: se avete voglia di vivere un’avventura meravigliosa, molto più lunga di un film e molto più giocabile di quasi tutti i giochi di ruolo disponibili, non potete sbagliare. Se non ne avete voglia, molto probabilmente state visitando il sito sbagliato, magari al momento giusto.
Mucho tiempo ha pasado desde aquellas navidades del 87, fechas por las que apareció para NES un tal Final Fantasy, de una desconocida compañía llamada Square, su éxito fue tal que sentó precedente para el desarrollo de una saga.
Regardless, with over fifty hours of gameplay spanned over three discs, this latest installment of the series is certainly the best - it definitely deserves to have a place of honor in every Playstation owner's collection.
Concludendo FFVII è un gioco praticamente perfetto: trama profonda e avvincente, gameplay originale e complesso, grafica avanzata e audio coinvolgente, 60 ore minime di gioco. Se un gioco così non merita il massimo, non vedo perché dovrebbe esistere il 10.
When a game gets you excited 10 years after playing it and you still manage to shed a tear when a very important and loved character dies, that means that you found your ideal game. For me Final Fantasy VII is the best game in the world and I'm not only judging it from my point of view. I've done research among RPG fans and there are many Final Fantasy players, Diablo players, Halo 3 players who simply love this title. It's the best RPG ever created, the best game ever created, because it manages to portray human emotions, beautiful characters and a decaying world that's sadly too similar to ours. Simply the best title a team of developers could ever come out with....
PSX Extreme
Well you might be wondering how long is the game? The game has 3CD's equalling about over 80 hours that is if you get almost everything or 50-60 hours long if you get more than half of everything. But every game has a problem with it, except in FF7's case there isn't any.
GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Even though it spawned countless copycats and ushered in the "angsty metrosexual main hero" trend for RPGs, Final Fantasy VII is a game that everyone needs to check out at least once. While some may argue that it's not the best RPG ever made, it definitely ranks up there on the list. If you haven't picked it up yet, buy it.
Only a few games reach such lofty heights. This one is remarkable in most every way, and brilliantly executed.
Fuera de Squaresoft, otros títulos como el Wild Arms de Sony son bastantes recomendables, ahora, si lo que buscáis es una historia densa, aun sin hablar de RPG's, no podemos hacer sino recomendaros Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. Finalmente, soltamos una pregunta al aire, ¿El mejor juego de la historia?
PGNx Media
Square was out to make a masterpiece, and boy, did they make one.
Player One
Ce jeu est proprement « FA-BU-LEUX » ! Que dire de plus ?
Absolute Playstation
There seems to be no easy way for me to break all of this game down to a sentence or two…but okay, here goes…This is the current apex in RPG games. In fact it is probably one of the best OVERALL games ever created for ANY system. A game of this magnitude comes along very rarely indeed. I can't wait to see what else Square has planned to top this baby…guess we'll see with Final Fantasy VIII! Until then though, get this game…even if you are not into RPG's, the overall game is brilliant and should not be missed!
FFVII is probably one of the less difficult RPG's out there. Does this take away from the fun? Certainly not! This game is bliss throughout, and only people looking to nitpick so they can bash this game will have a bad experience. The game is about 50 hours long. Overall, the game delivers in every department. If for some godforsaken reason you HAVEN'T played this game, do so. Your world will change.
Hobby Consolas
Tres CDs les han hecho falta a Square para poner en PlayStation las mil aventuras que han soñado. Tres CDs cargados de cientos de localizaciones con impresionantes gráficos capaces de maravillarnos una y otra vez. Tres CDs plagados de amigos y enemigos, de monstruos, de mafiosos, de guerreros... Tres CDs llenitos de la más genial aventura jamás vista, que entusiasmará a los amantes del rol y sorprenderá a los neófitos en estas lídes. Tres CDs que les demostrarán a los incrédulos que el videojuego es un auténtico arte.
This game does the series that destroyed the meaning of the word Final, extreme justice and is definitely a must play game. The game does take an age to complete fully, but that’s the beauty of it. You don’t want to buy a game that you will complete in a day or a week but Final Fantasy VII will keep you enthralled for years and years.
In my opinion, one of the best RPG's of last year was Final Fantasy 7. It has all the elements and mixes of what an RPG should be. Good character development. Comprehensible battle system, and a wonderful story line. This reminds me so much of my SNES glory days, when graphics weren't considered the game. Much like Final Fantasy 7.
Just RPG
Final Fantasy VII is a game that set the standards for all other RPGs to follow. A powerful storyline, excellent characters and a great battle system helped to make VII an instant classic. Although it's several years old by now, VII is a truly epic game that you can never grow sick of.
Gamers Europe
It's very rare that a game can truly be called a revolution. However, Final Fantasy VII crashed into the gaming scene back in 1997 with the force of a meteor (see what I did there?) and changed everything. Before its release, RPG games were seen as a rather geeky, reclusive genre; far from the mainstream genre you see it as today.
The RPG by which all others are to be measured, FFVII is a cinematic wonder
Never before have technology, playability, and narrative combined as well as in Final Fantasy VII. Never before have technology, playability, and narrative combined as well as in Final Fantasy VII. The culmination of Square Soft's monumental effort is a game that will enrich just as it will entertain.
Video Games
Man kann sich im Leben über viele Dinge ärgern. Doch wenn ein erstklassiges Spiel durch unpassende oder gar schlecht übersetze Textpassagen sich selbst derart deklassiert, dann fehlen einem schon die Worte. Ich kann verstehen, daß Hersteller darauf erpicht sind, die Sprache in einem Spiel einigermaßen “sauber“ zu halten. Aber in einem Rollenspiel wie Final Fantasy VII, wo doch die Stimmung eine lebenswichtige Rolle spielt, darf man die geschriebene Sprache nicht einfach als Maß aller Dinge nehmen. (…) Daß zudem noch auffallend viele grammatikalische Fehler und völlig unverständliche Sätze enthalten sind, sei nur nebenbei erwähnt. Nichtsdestotrotz gehört Final Fantasy VII zu einem der besten 32 Bit-Rollenspiele, die zur Zeit auf dieser Welt existieren. Das Gameplay bietet sowohl einem Rollenspiel-Einsteiger als auch dem versierten Freak genug Stoff für bis zu 100 Spielstunden.
Final Fantasy VII polecam każdemu nawet jeśli nie przepada za grami RPG, a w szczególności japońskimi. Miłośnicy dobrych historii czym prędzej powinni zaopatrzyć się w ten tytuł (jeśli nie grali), a dla fanów jRPG jest to must have. Zatem jeśli ktoś jeszcze nie grał to szczerze polecam. Nie pożałujecie.
All of Final Fantasy VII's options provide extremely flexible and interactive gameplay. Materia allows near limitless weapon configurations and the game's intricate story will keep you investigating to see it through; you'll discover that every town and NPC has a tale to tell. With beautiful music, graphics and dynamic gameplay Final Fantasy VII is a testament to the evolution of video games.
Jaded Gamer, The
This was the last great game in the Final Fantasy series, in my opinion. Never before have I seen a game that was surrounded by so much hype actually deliver everything that was expected of it.
RPG Kingdom
Pour conclure en deux mots, je dirai que Final Fantasy 7 est l'un des meilleurs de la série, qui vous plongera dans un monde futuriste et magique très prenant, mais qui souffre d'une mauvaise traduction, ce qui est bien là son seul point faible...
The ‘interactive movie’ has long been a dirty term to anyone who values a playable videogame, but FFVII succeeds in coming closer than any title yet. The highly complex, melodramatic story and excellently orchestrated chip music really do combine to make players feel real empathy with the characters. This is hardly the easiest of feats and a task usually shied away from by the action/comedy-orientated western graphic adventures. Anyone prepared to commit the admittedly lengthy time it takes to play Final Fantasy VII through to its conclusion will be well rewarded by what is most probably the most wholly entertaining title the PlayStation has to yet to offer. The only problem seems to be that even if its success does start a console-RPG avalanche, players will probably have to wait until Final Fantasy VIII to experience the genre on this mighty scale again.
Console Obsession
Final Fantasy VII has rightfully won legendary status and years later, it’s still amongst the best RPGS to have ever been released. It’s one of those timeless games that even if things look and sound a bit rougher than remembered, the quality in other areas – in this case the amazing story and well tuned gameplay – rise above the dated aspects to still offer a truly classic and unforgettable game.
Although FF7 doesn't quite live up to the hype of being the best RPG ever, it still turns out to be an extremely high quality one, and a staple for all RPG fans. If, by some miracle, you haven't played it yet, don't hesitate to pick it up.
Si Final Fantasy VII a aujourd'hui atteint un certain âge, il reste tout de même un des titres majeurs dans le monde du RPG et même des jeux vidéo en général. Long, prenant et extrêmement complet, il fait encore aujourd'hui figure d'incontournable et se doit de faire partie de votre ludothèque si vous ne le possédez pas encore.
Thunderbolt Games
A steaming locomotive comes to a grinding halt within a colossal Shinra Mako Reactor. As Cloud Strife - ex-SOLDIER extraordinaire - flips off the roof of one of its many carriages, he not only marks the beginning of an epic quest for truth and discovery, but sows the seeds of an incredible legacy to follow. I know you know what the deal with Final Fantasy VII is; it is perhaps the most influential RPG ever, and nearly every J-RPG to follow owes a lot to this much-loved gaming masterpiece. At the time of its release, Final Fantasy VII (FF7) broke new grounds with respect to graphics (3D), sound (CD-quality), story (epic) and gameplay (huge game, huge customisation). But does it stand the ravaging test of time? Although Cloud and his fellow eco-warriors may not look as phat as current-day heroes (box-fists and all), Hironobu Sakaguchi's original blockbuster is still one of the finest, most captivating and refined RPG experiences ever.
Si vous ne connaissez pas les jeux de rôles sur console, il y a fort à parier qu'un titre comme Final Fantasy VII ne pourra que vous initier en douceur au genre. Bénéficiant d'une réalisation impeccable et d'une richesse immense, ce titre ne pourra que vous faire chavirer.
The quintessential RPG, Final Fantasy VII was a best-seller the day it hit the shelves. With three disks packed full of FMV, the game boasts the most spectacular effects of its time.
Christ Centered Game Reviews
FF7 is what I believe to be the best RPG I have ever played in my existence even better than FFX just because its great.
The debate over whether or not Final Fantasy VII is a good game is a spirited one that, like all debates about video games, comes down to personal opinions. I think the story sucks, but the game is excellent. The thing about Final Fantasy VII is, whether you like it or hate it, the merits of the game can always be argued very strongly from either point. If you like this game but you're ashamed to admit it, I hope I gave you enough ammunition to come clean. Final Fantasy VII is a great game, and I'll scream in defense of that statement until my throat is as red as Red XIII.
Game Revolution
Still, I recommend it wholeheartedly to fans of Japanese RPG's (perhaps they will be more forgiving than I). However, I only recommend it moderately to everyone else. Final Fantasy VII is hundreds of hours of visually beautiful gameplay, but its frustrating incoherence will make many people cringe and put the game aside before they have even finished.
FFVII se révèle donc être un jeu fort sympathique avec des atouts certains, auquel on peut toutefois faire quelques reproches. Ce n'est donc pas une référence absolue mais ça serait dommage de s'en priver, en particulier de son scénario ambitieux et plutôt réussi, sous prétexte qu'il a eu un succès commercial énorme.
Despite the fact Final Fantasy VII has a great deal of upside, its detractors do have a number of legitimate concerns. The battle system is rather incidental to the game, and the localization does leave a bit to be desired. Additionally, aside from the rich backstory that goes into each, character development is largely restricted to a few characters. Nonetheless, the good does outweigh these shortcomings, and does so convincingly. Any gamer looking for an enjoyable game that is sure to endure in their memory would do well to pick up Final Fantasy VII, because it deservingly owns a prominent place in RPG history.
Game Critics
Still, FF7 deserves credit for trying to push videogames further along the cultural scale even if they do ultimately falter by a narrow margin. When Square Soft announced at SIGGRAH that they were going to push the envelope of computer graphics, they weren't kidding. They accomplished that goal thoroughly, but didn't manage to find an evolution between the typical grammar of games and something else that the mainstream audiences could relate to (something that only a game like Myst has accomplished in recent years). The game does a great job of bringing new visuals to games, but it didn't affect my perception of the world or my emotions to any great extent. If Square Soft wants videogames to be compared equally to other forms of art, then they are going to have to gain that respect by producing a game that is more intellectually and culturally aware and not a game that is essentially a video game screaming for attention and respect.