Flashback Fridays: Final Fantasy VII

Hello everybody, welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at an RPG that wasted days off of my life, and quite possibly ruined a few relationships with girls in the process as well. The title that I am referring to is arguably one of the greatest games ever created on any console, Final Fantasy VII.

In 1997, Square Enix( better known at that time as Squaresoft) released this gem onto the Sony Playstation video game console in North America, and it instantly became a smash hit for the system. At this time, using the internet was more of a hassle than anything else, so knowing if a game was good or not basically relied on picking it up from your local store and hoping for the best. During a weekend trip to the mall, my mom for some reason took me into what was then a K&B’s Toy Outlet and said, “Is there anything you want me to get for you?” I pointed to a copy of this game sitting on the shelf and said “Ya, I want that.” She bought it for me, we took it home, and the rest, as they say, is history.

From the moment that I put the first disc in I was instantly hooked. That very first scene of watching Aeris walk through an alley was a sight to behold, just the sheer beauty of it brings a tear to my eye to this very day. Going through each and every aspect of this experience would be an unnecessary thing to do because at this point I’m sure most of you know this game inside and out. What I’m going to do instead is just reminisce a little bit about how much the experience changed my views on video games for many years to come.

One thing that sticks out most in my mind is how much time my brother and I spent on unlocking every secret this game had to offer. He could probably still remember when we spent almost four hours trying to breed a gold chocobo in order to get the Knights of the Round Materia. Another moment that sticks out to me was when the two of us kept trying to defeat Ruby Weapon because no matter what strategy we came up with, that overgrown behemoth would still get the best of us every single time. Quite possibly the saddest memory I have of our time together was when the two of us spent an entire day (a full 24 hours exactly) completing the third disc. After we hit the 10 am mark the next morning, and defeated the final boss, our journey together had come to a satisfying, yet very pathetic conclusion.

Final Fantasy VII is an experience that anybody who has a heart will fall in love with almost immediately, and is definitely something that everybody should play at least once just to find out how great it really is.

That concludes my story on Final Fantasy VII, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

P.S.- Even though the image is from the movie Advent Children, please remember this article has to do with the game and not the movie.

  • Illmatic

    This has to be my favorite RPG of all time, right next to Crono Trigger.

  • can somebody tell me why FFVIII is not considered one of the best Final Fantasy games in existence? I played the shit out of it and it’s one of the most memorable games to me. Should I play FFVII to answer my own question?

    • Illmatic

      VIII was good, but not as good as VII. Play it, you’ll see why

    • Louis

      I love FF8 just as much as FF7, for different reasons. Both had a huge impact on my life. Not sure what the author means by FF7’s “pathetic conclusion” though?

      • MrB4

        What I meant by the pathetic conclusion was the fact that I thought it was pathetic that we spent so much time completing a game.

  • Ok, that’s it, I’m buying Final Fantasy VII from the PSN.

  • Anonymous

    I love VII but it is placed 2nd, right next too VIII. Eight was visually better, the group of friends had more synergy and there was actually more character development. Not to mention you get to kill witches. On the topic of VII, I remember that it was one of the first JRPG’s that I have played and the first FF that i picked up, i was in middle school 6th grade when one of my classmate’s was bragging he had the new demo for the PS. I asked if he could lend it to me, reluctantly he did and that’s when I played VII and my world change since then, i bought the game and loved it, still have my copy, from 7 and onward i have played every FF game.