Final Fantasy VII (video game) is still generating ripples amongst video game lovers throughout the world and is still generating interest almost eighteen years after its release. Final Fantasy VII has simply refused to be forgotten to this day, it is still being sold word wide. Since the advent of live recorded video games, no other video game has generated so much interest as Final Fantasy VII. What could be behind this phenomenon? The simple answer is an interesting storyline of the Final Fantasy VII game, it has remained ever green.
The Storyline of Final Fantasy VII
The Final Fantasy VII storyline is centered around Cloud Strife who is working as a mercenary and is helping the eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE in a raid against the Mako reactors surrounding the city of Midgar. Avalanche has a leader named Barret who believes that Mako reactors are consuming the planet’s lifeblood, and Shinra’s reactors are killing the planet. Curiously, Cloud’s childhood friend, Tifa, is also a member of the group. Cloud’s first mission with Avalanche was successful, but the next mission was not as the group was ambushed at the next reactor. After the explosion of the reactor, Cloud dropped down into Midgar’s slums. Thereafter, he met a girl, Aeris who was selling flowers. The girl would go on to be the subject of Cloud’s next mission as the Turks attempted to kidnap her. Cloud became her bodyguard. The capturing of the girl is closely tied to discovering the “promised land.” And lot of interesting battles follows. The player will be able to explore the scenes and control the battles.
The Setting of Final Fantasy VII
The setting of Final Fantasy VII is similar to that of Final Fantasy VI. Modern technology helps improve Final Fantasy VII than the first five games in the Fantasy series. What you will notice about Final Fantasy VII is that the game’s technology and society approximates that of an industrial or post-industrial science fiction background. The setting of Final Fantasy VII refers to the environment as “The Planet”, but uses the old-fashion name “Gaia”, for it. Gaia is composed of three main land masses – the eastern continent, which is home to the city of Midgar, western continent, and industrial metropolis, which serves as the capital city. The metropolis also hosts the headquarters of the Shinra Electric Power Company. There are other locations on the eastern continent including Fort Condor, Junon (Shinra’s major military base), a Chocobo Ranch, and Kalm – a small town that is inspired by medieval Europe culture. Besides, there are underwater locations that are accessed only by submarine. This is as far as the setting goes. So what about the gameplay of Final Fantasy VII?
Background and Development of Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII was developed and published by Square Enix (formerly Square) in 1997 as a role-playing video game and specifically developed for the PlayStation platforms. Final Fantasy VII is the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series, all of which were widely praised. Final Fantasy VII is unique and it is the first in the series of Final Fantasy to use 3D computer graphics, featuring fully rendered characters on pre-rendered backgrounds. Besides, this was the first game in the series to be released in Europe. Cloud Strife is the protagonist of the Final Fantasy VII video game. Cloud was a mercenary who initially joins the eco-terrorist rebel organization called “Avalanche” to stop the mega corporation, Shinra from stuffing the life of the planet for use as an energy source. The game is fantastic to play as it progresses. Cloud and his allies become involved in a larger world-threatening conflict, facing off against Sephiroth, the game’s main antagonist. Final Fantasy VII was written by Kazushige Nojima and was directed by Yoshinori Kitase. Final Fantasy VII also has alluring music which was composed by Nobuo Uematsu.
Final Fantasy VII began its development in 1994. It was to be released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but that was not to be as the developer chose to move it to Nintendo 64. But, the Nintendo 64’s cartridges did not have the required storage capacity, hence Square decided to make the game available for the CD-ROM based PlayStation. A high definition Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced at E3 2015 for the PlayStation 4. Other platforms will soon follow. The remake version has the same writer, producer, and director. Let us learn more about this fantastic game by looking at its setting.
The Gameplay of Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII consist mainly of three major areas: a battle screen, an overworld map, and field maps. They are all similar to previous installments of the Final Fantasy series. The overworld map is a 3D model that incorporates a scaled-down version of the game’s fictional world. This enables the player to travel between the game’s locations. Also, just like the previous Final Fantasy video games in the series, the world map can be navigated by foot, on Chocobos and in an airship or sea vessel. The Final Fantasy VII gameplay also includes a buggy, which provides an additional means of transportation.
The player will discover that at the beginning of the game, he is restricted to the city of Midgar, however, as the game progresses he is able to access the entire world. Though, pre-rendered cinematic cut scenes are used, evolution through the game’s storyline is largely developed by way of scripted sequences.
Graphic Resolution of Final Fantasy VII
The graphic rendering of Final Fantasy VII featured an improved graphic depiction of scenes in the game. 3D computer graphic was used to enhance the game which was not used for the previous game in the series. So far, there have been no complaints about graphic depiction of scenes in Final Fantasy VII.
Without doubt, if you love live recorded video games, you would want to play Final Fantasy VII.
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