Final Fantasy VII

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Final Fantasy VII
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Developer(s)Square
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Yoshinori Kitase
Producer(s)Hironobu Sakaguchi
Programmer(s)Ken Narita
Artist(s)
Writer(s)
Composer(s)Nobuo Uematsu
SeriesFinal Fantasy
Platform(s)PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4, Android
Release
Genre(s)Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player

Final Fantasy VII is a fantasy role-playing video game for the PlayStation. It was released in 1997 by Square Co., Ltd. (now Square Enix). At E3 2015, a Final Fantasy VII remake was announced after many years of speculation.[1]

The game has four spin-off titles:

  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children – Feature Film - set 2 years after FF VII
  • Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis – set 6 years before FF VII
  • Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core – set 7 years before FF VII
  • Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus – set 3 years after FF VII

Characters[change | change source]

The main characters you can play as in Final Fantasy VII are Cloud Strife, Aerith Gainsborough, Barret Wallace, Tifa Lockhart, Red XIII/Nanaki, Cait Sith, Cid Highwind, and two secret characters: Vincent Valentine and Yuffie Kisaragi. Sephiroth, the main enemy character, joins the party in a series of flashbacks, but he cannot be controlled or equipped. However, his status, inventory and equipment, can be checked during Cloud's flashback.

Important characters in Shin-Ra are Reeve (Head of Urban Development), Hojo (Head of the Science Department), Palmer (Head of Space Exploration), Heidegger (Head of the Peace Preservation Department), Scarlet (Head of Weapons Research and Development), President Shinra, his son Rufus, and members of a secret police organization called the Turks (Elena, Rude, Reno, and Tseng).

In the original English language release of Final Fantasy VII, Aerith's name was spelled wrong after being translated, as 'Aeris'. Games that came after that had Aeris as a character, like Kingdom Hearts, spelled it right. Although the spelling 'Aeris' is what some people would call wrong, the pronunciation is right, as the letters 'th' in Japanese are pronounced like an English 's'.

Music[change | change source]

The soundtrack for the game was made by Nobuo Uematsu. Music from the game has been released on an original four-disc soundtrack, a single disc album of some arranged tracks titled Final Fantasy VII Reunion Tracks, and piano-only arrangement of some tracks.[2] Popular pieces from the them include Aerith's Theme, a quiet and melodic character theme, and One-Winged Angel, the first composition for the Final Fantasy series to have recorded voices. The game's main theme, heard on the world map in Disc 1, is over 6 minutes long. Several tracks from the game have come back in Square (and Square Enix) productions that came after Final Fantasy VII, including Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Final Fantasy 7 Remake Announced by Sony at E3 2015". GameSpot. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  2. "Final Fantasy VII Reunion Tracks". Square Enix. Retrieved 2015-11-18.

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