Review By: Jesse Mason
Every decade or so a game shows up and shows
the world that a game can be more than a game. It can be an interactive world
to explore. Final Fantasy 7 has finally come and it has stunned the world
with its ability to tell its tale of a world near apocalypse with such enormous
drama and expression.
The story is what this game is based on (as all RPGs should be). It is so
omnipotent and blessing that it is a wonder that it came out of a video game.
It starts off with a soldier who left his army to be a mercenary and a group
of freedom fighters known as Avalanche blowing up a Mako Reactor (a power
plant) in a futuristic city known as Midgar. This city is so huge it is divided
into 8 sectors. Midgar itself is large enough to hold its own game. The game
stays in this city for around 8 or 10 hours. Even at this early point in
the game, the drama is flowing and the story is out in full swing. This game
manages to tackle such complex issues as the morality of genetics engineering,
prostitution, and even death. When you leave the city, you find that this
city, while huge, is extremely small compared to the rest of the world. You
will travel throughout this world fully and explore every little pebble and
crevice of it. The story is full of plot twists, so when you think you've
figured everything out, you haven't. The ending leaves a little up to the
player because it doesn't fix up all the holes left when you beat the last
guy. For example, What happened to the Shinra? This leaves a little thinking
for the player to do, and frankly I like it.
The characters are well designed. The more diverse characters such as Cait
Sith and RedXIII come in quickly and are very crucial to the plot. The game
manages to fix one of FF3's problems with the fact that all the characters
are explored and have their own backstories. FF3 might have had too many
heroes for its own good. The characters use mature languages sometimes. They
all have their own stories and they will be revealed as you go along. They
eventually throw out their problems and concentrate on their ultimate goal.
If there is a problem with the heroes, it's the fact that Barret sounds
conspicuously like Mr. T.
The graphics are drop dead gorgeous. This
will put to rest the fact that the Playstation can't do better graphics than
the Nintendo 64. The use of polygonal characters and rendered backdrops flow
seemingly with each other. The FMV is integrated throughout the game and
for the first time I can say I wish there were more of it. The music in the
game is the best ever for a game. The right music was used at the right time.
The fully orchestrated soundtrack sounds magnificent, and you could just
sit there listening to the music as it is the finest ever.
Final Fantasy 7 is one of the video game market's finest hours. It has earned
respect from many people, which is certainly well deserved. From the beginning
cinema to the scene after the credits roll (which opens up a very mysterious
question as to what happened after the end of the game) you know that you
are playing a new high watermark for all video games to be judged by.