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Fusion of drama and gameplay Unicorn Lynx (181442) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Hey-hey, I saved the world again today! The Fabulous King (1337) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Love it or hate it, this game made the PlayStation. Anatole (61) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
The seventh era of Square's rule DreinIX (10657) 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 (10627) 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 (1003) 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 (902) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars
The best of the best. Rufus Shinra (23) 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 and the game plays. 4.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
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Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.3
Overall User Score (409 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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The Game Hoard (Apr 27, 2022)
Final Fantasy VII’s characters not only make for a fantastic emotional plot with interesting developments both in the twists it takes and how the characters grow but their incredible customization options thanks to the complex Materia system ensures the battle side of the affair is just as rich. Regular enemies and bosses put up a good fight that encourages the player to pay attention to the depth of the Materia system to keep up while minigames and specific navigational gimmicks ensure the exploration of the world changes often to avoid stagnation. The story is certainly the crown jewel of the experience, with a compelling main villain and a cast who can provide levity, serious drama, heartbreak, and endearing moments of humanity for an experience with tonal breadth and varying focuses that flesh out the heroes and villains of the world vividly. Final Fantasy VII provides a captivating setting and cast that is supported well by a layered fighting system.
Final Fantasy VII set new standards for the PlayStation, standards which still haven't been matched. If you haven't already succumbed, do so now.
If you own a PlayStation you must own this game. Not least because Final Fantasy VII introduces an incredible new era of interactive entertainment. From the moment Aerith fixes her eyes on yours during the opening movie, you're in for the ride - no way you're going to let her mystery lay unsolved. Adapting to the game's style takes no longer than winning the first few battles, and being tempted by the first threads of the magnificent plot. From then on you're hooked, because Final Fantasy VII is like nothing you have ever experienced before. Square Soft have adapted their most popular series to become something very different; something truly unique. Three CDs containing sights and sounds previously unimaginable. Each connected by a thrilling storyline, brought to life with ingenious gameplay. The future of PlayStation is assured by this key to the future of games.
Those who stick with it claim Final Fantasy VII to be one of the PlayStation's finest games.
Windsor Star (Sep 18, 1997)
I would have to say that this is the best role-playing game I have ever played in my life, bar none.
Whether you're an RPG fan or never played one, you will become immersed in the fantasy.
Regina Leader-Post (Sep 10, 1997)
In fact, it is, hands down, without a doubt, the greatest RPG to ever come down the pike.
Chicago Tribune (Sep 18, 1997)
PlayStation's Final Fantasy VII may be the last word in RPG gaming
Santa Maria Times (Sep 12, 1997)
Just go ahead and buy this thing. It gets our absolute strongest and most-wholehearted recommendation.
The Arizona Republic (Sep 19, 1997)
A short lead time prevents us from going into too much detail here, but we promise we'll be back in coming weeks with tons and tons of info on what just may be the deepest, most complex game ever — certainly the deepest and most complex RPG.
The Courier-Journal (Jul 27, 1998)
Final Fantasy VII is only for Sony Playstation and is for one player and has about 100 missions. I think I would give this game two thumbs up.
RetroGame Man (Oct 30, 2017)
In summary, Final Fantasy 7 is an absolute amazing RPG that is not to be missed. It still holds up to games being released today (and I think is still much better than the majority of JRPGs releasing today). The game has it all – amazing story, great cast, engaging combat, and timeless music. If you have not played this game, I encourage you to pick it up! If you don’t have a Playstation, the game is also for sale on Steam with upgraded graphics! Overall, I give this game a perfect 10/10. A must play for any JRPG fan.
I have seldomly been able to play a game this good, but hey, it's made by Square. It's the best game ever made, making it hard for me to write a review on it. You have never seen such a piece of art until you've played FF7.
UltraNinjas (Apr 12, 2007)
This is the game as far as a whole generation is concerned; the game that brought RPGs firmly into European gamers’ mindset; the game that provided players with an epic, unforgettable story; the game that won Sony the Christmas 1997 battle. ... There’s very little you could criticise the game for, and any title which lasts 40 hours and still makes you want to come back for more of exactly the same has got to be something special. More than being the game that won Sony a sales race or opened Europe to proper RPGs once and for all, on a personal level it’s probably the game that solidified my love for video gaming as a whole. A heck of a lot of people – me included – have a lot to thank Cloud and his travelling band of friends for, even some ten years on.
PSX Nation (Sep 07, 1997)
Final Fantasy 7 has one of the most engrossing storylines yet seen in a Role Playing Game. ... This truly is a game that will appeal to a broader audience with its mini games and engrossing storyline. ... The graphics in this game represent a new level of quality for the PlayStation. ... The music fits the storyline and is orchestrated like in a perfect movie. ... This is the game to own for your PlayStation. ... This is *the* one game you must buy or otherwise you'll never see the true power of the PlayStation.
Next Generation (Nov, 1997)
The graphics are bar none the best PlayStation has ever seen. ... Following in the tradition of previous entries in the series, which have always dealt with more mature, even heavy-handed themes, the storyline comes away fresh, dealing with "real issues" like environmental devastation, government corruption, the morality of genetic engineering, dual personalities, even prostitution. ... Final Fantasy VII is a game not to be missed. The dream is real, and the bar has been permanently raised for console RPGs. It's a hell of a ride. Don't miss this one.
Game Shark (Aug 08, 2001)
FF7 is quite possibly the best console game released to date. Every aspect of the game is virtually flawless, from its movie inspired soundtrack, to the incredibly life-like FMV, to the detailed battle and Materia systems, to the boatload of simplistic and addictive mini-games. This is what RPG fans have been waiting for. This is what will make Americans fall in love with the genre. This is a game we'll be playing for many years to come.
All Game Guide (Jan, 2010)
Before its release, many companies were hesitant on bringing some Japanese role-playing games over because they feared there wasn't a big enough market for them. That all changed after Square's masterpiece was released.
1UP (Jan, 2000)
Final Fantasy VII is absolutely epic in scope. With a sweeping story line that spans three discs, the game makes the 40-hour completion time suggested by Square seem like an underestimation ... this is a great game.
The most hyped RPG ever made good on its promise with superlative graphics, a solid game engine and an amazing story. ... There's a huge world to explore, a universe to save and a variety of arcade-style minigames to keep things moving briskly along ... Like other Final Fantasy games before it, FFVII has redefined the genre.
If you've never liked RPGs or adventure games, then you may not take too well to FFVII as it still has a lot of traditional RPG style action. If, on the other hand, you are more open minded, sit back and prepare for the cinematic odyssey of a lifetime.
Arcade (Nov, 1998)
Quite incredible cut-scenes, which mix seamlessly with the moving characters, exciting conflicts and a story-line that will have you emotionally involved throughout. The random battles and linear nature are minor faults, but otherwise, it's a near-perfect adventure experience.
Fun Generation (Nov, 1997)
Dieses Spiel hat Gott gemacht!
A must-have game for your PlayStation. All the excitement you expect, empowered by heart-rending emotional scenes you don't. Buy this.
Final Fantasy VII das beste Rollenspiel darstellt, das bisher auf den Markt gekommen ist.
GameFan Magazine (Sep, 1997)
It's the best video game ever made, enhanced further with U.S.-only features like three new bosses, increased difficulty, and a new Materia management system.
GameFan Magazine (Sep, 1997)
FFVII is the pinnacle of not just role playing but console gaming as we know it. ... I love this game, its characters and its soundtrack more than I can describe. It's beyond perfection.
It's still a must-buy for any PlayStation owner; just keep in mind that you'll have to check a good deal of your freedom at the door.
GamePro (US) (Oct, 1997)
If you'd like to unleash your imagination on a huge, rich video-game world for a few days, take this Final. Final Fantasy VII definitely moves at a steady RPG pace, but it's time well spent. Any gamer looking for a good fantasy can end the search here.
GamePro (US) (May, 1997)
Final Fantasy VII doesn't just live up to the expectations of gamers, it surpasses them. This RPG towers over the competition in terms of graphics, sounds, story, and playability. This game defines an entirely new standard—perhaps an insurmountable level of excellence—against which all RPGs must be measured.
GameTrip.net (Jun 23, 2008)
Cela fait dĂ©sormais dix ans que je cherche au moins un dĂ©faut Ă  Final Fantasy VII. Il a bien vieilli en dehors des graphismes, mais on lui doit une durĂ©e de vie exemplaire, et rares sont les personnes qui en sont venus Ă  bout Ă  100%, le scĂ©nario est prenant, l’intrigue vous tiendra jusqu’au dĂ©nouement final, les personnages ont beaucoup de charisme, la musique signĂ©e de l’inĂ©vitable Nobeo Uematsu s’avĂšre magistrale et mĂ©morable, l’univers futuriste crĂ©Ă© nous surprend et l’aventure FFVII ne peut que nous ravir, Ă  moins de ne pas aimer les RPG ou la sĂ©rie en elle-mĂȘme. LĂ  aussi, j’en connais. Pour conclure de maniĂšre un peu osĂ©e, je dirais que FFVII est probablement l’un des meilleurs RPG de tous les temps, Ă  tous les points de vue.
GamesCollection (Jan 16, 2008)
Mettiamola cosĂŹ: se avete voglia di vivere un’avventura meravigliosa, molto piĂč lunga di un film e molto piĂč 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.
Meristation (Nov 15, 1997)
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.
PSM (Aug, 1997)
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.
Retrogaming.it (Feb 15, 2008)
Concludendo FFVII Ú 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 cosÏ non merita il massimo, non vedo perché dovrebbe esistere il 10.
Softpedia (Jan 11, 2008)
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 (Apr 20, 2008)
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) (Jul 15, 2005)
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 tĂ­tulos como el Wild Arms de Sony son bastantes recomendables, ahora, si lo que buscĂĄis 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, ÂżEl mejor juego de la historia?
Final Fantasy VII is obviously the most impressive RPG to date. If you enjoy RPGs, or even games in general, then you should seriously check this title out. It has a great replay value, and above all, an experience you will never forget.
PGNx Media (Oct 13, 2002)
Square was out to make a masterpiece, and boy, did they make one.
PlayStation Plus (Nov, 1997)
The best PlayStation game ever. This epic will rupture your mind. If you start playing, you won't be able to stop. Forget your life; this is better.
Player One (Nov, 1997)
Ce jeu est proprement « FA-BU-LEUX » ! Que dire de plus ?
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!
RPGFan (Nov 13, 2001)
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.
Consoles Plus (Mar, 1997)
Final Fantasy VII devrait convertir un bon nombre de joueurs au RPG! Du trĂšs bon Squaresoft.
Hobby Consolas (Nov, 1997)
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 gråficos 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 mås genial aventura jamås vista, que entusiasmarå a los amantes del rol y sorprenderå a los neófitos en estas lídes. Tres CDs que les demostrarån a los incrédulos que el videojuego es un auténtico arte.
But overall, FFVII is a work of art.
Mega Fun (Nov, 1997)
(PAL version)
Wirklich gelungen, muß ich sagen. Die Konvertierung auf das hiesige PAL-System hat geklappt. Das deutsche Spiel ist weder schneller noch langsamer als die US- oder die Japan-Version. DafĂŒr nehme ich auch gerne die PAL-Balken oben und unten in Kauf - mich stören sie im Gegensatz zu anderen Leuten ziemlich wenig! Ansonsten kann ich mein Urteil auf wenige SĂ€tze beschrĂ€nken: Die Grafik, Sound und der Rest der Technik ist genauso perfekt wie die bereits getestete US-Version. An Handling. Spielspaß und Storyline gibt es nichts zu rĂŒtteln - Squaresoft eben! Richte ich mein Augenmerk auf die Übersetzung, so ist sie Eins A. Allerdings ist der Dialekt mancher weniger Charaktere etwas gewöhnungsbedĂŒrftig. Das ist jedoch nicht weiter störend. Deshalb erhĂ€lt die deutsche Version sogar noch einen Punkt mehr als die US-Version und steht nun in unserer ewigen Ranking-Liste auf gleicher Stufe mit Super Mario 64. Absolute Kaufempfehlung!
DarkZero (Feb 06, 2004)
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.
AllRPG (Jul 13, 2002)
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 (Sep 03, 1997)
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 (Aug 13, 2003)
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.
IGN (Sep 03, 1997)
The RPG by which all others are to be measured, FFVII is a cinematic wonder
GameSpot (Sep 29, 1997)
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.
Mega Fun (Sep, 1997)
Wenn ich Final Fantasy VII sehe, so gerate ich nur noch ins SchwĂ€rmen. Es ist der helle Wahnsinn, was uns RPG-Könige von Squaresoft hier prĂ€sentieren! Dieses Spiel deklassiert, meiner Meinung nach, alles, was es auf dem Markt gibt, ohne RĂŒcksicht auf das Genre. Es beginnt bei der detaillierten Grafik. Das Game strotzt nur so vor Effekten und grafischen Spielereien. Bis auf winzigste Kleinigkeiten, die wir schon suchen mußten, haben wir keinerlei Fehler festgestellt. UnterstĂŒtzt wird die brillante Grafik durch einfĂŒhlsame Musik. Je nach Situation paßt sie sich dem Thema an und reicht dabei von Hektik ĂŒber Heimlichkeit bis zu sanftem LiebesgeflĂŒster. (...) Das ein solches Squaresoft-Game bei den Punkten Story und Bedienung nicht einbricht, brauche ich wohl nicht zu erwĂ€hnen. Alles in allem ist FF VII die absolute Empfehlung und - unter uns - fĂŒr mich bereits jetzt das Spiel des Jahres!
Video Games (Oct, 1997)
Man kann sich im Leben ĂŒber viele Dinge Ă€rgern. Doch wenn ein erstklassiges Spiel durch unpassende oder gar schlecht ĂŒbersetze 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 unverstĂ€ndliche SĂ€tze enthalten sind, sei nur nebenbei erwĂ€hnt. 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 fĂŒr bis zu 100 Spielstunden.
Retroage (May 01, 2008)
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Mygamer.com (Oct 31, 2004)
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 (Apr 08, 2003)
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 (Jan 19, 2004)
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 trÚs prenant, mais qui souffre d'une mauvaise traduction, ce qui est bien là son seul point faible...
Edge (Oct 08, 1997)
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 (May 27, 2010)
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.
RPGFan (Sep 22, 1998)
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.
Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 17, 2009)
Si Final Fantasy VII a aujourd'hui atteint un certain Ăąge, il reste tout de mĂȘme un des titres majeurs dans le monde du RPG et mĂȘme des jeux vidĂ©o en gĂ©nĂ©ral. Long, prenant et extrĂȘmement complet, il fait encore aujourd'hui figure d'incontournable et se doit de faire partie de votre ludothĂšque si vous ne le possĂ©dez pas encore.
Thunderbolt Games (Oct 24, 2007)
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.
Gamekult (Sep 18, 2000)
Si vous ne connaissez pas les jeux de rÎles 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.
I don't know if it's just me, but I think the wait for Final Fantasy VII was well worth it. And for those who don't agree with me, you can eat a wiener with mayonnaise on it. Square's Final Fantasy VII lets gamers take the role of Cloud Strife, a dazed and confused country yokel caught in a war of cosmic proportions. It's not the most original scenario, but believe me, the plot's twists and turns should please most Final Fantasy fans. Even though the graphics have surpassed any standard set by any PlayStation game, Final Fantasy VII still possesses its ubiquitous real-time fighting engine. You can expect to be visually dazzled beyond belief, but don't get depressed when you find out that the gameplay and music have yet to evolve like its polygonal eye candy. Still, this is the best RPG that's currently on the market. I suggest you stop reading this review and pick up a copy if you haven't already -- it's three discs!
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.
Netjak (Apr 19, 2005)
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 (Jun 04, 1998)
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.
Legendra (Sep 09, 2005)
FFVII se rĂ©vĂšle donc ĂȘtre un jeu fort sympathique avec des atouts certains, auquel on peut toutefois faire quelques reproches. Ce n'est donc pas une rĂ©fĂ©rence absolue mais ça serait dommage de s'en priver, en particulier de son scĂ©nario ambitieux et plutĂŽt rĂ©ussi, sous prĂ©texte qu'il a eu un succĂšs commercial Ă©norme.
RPGamer (Nov 11, 2004)
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 (Feb 11, 1999)
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.

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