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Final Fantasy 7

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Original Release Date: 13/01/1997

Platforms: PS1.

Genre: Role Playing.



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Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game developed by Square for the PlayStation console. Released in 1997, it is the seventh main instalment in the Final Fantasy series. Published in Japan by Square, it was released in the West by Sony Computer Entertainment, becoming the first in the series to be released in Europe. The game’s story follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who joins an eco-terrorist rebel organisation to stop the world-controlling megacorporation Shinra from draining the planet’s life essence as an energy source. Cloud and his allies become involved in a larger world-threatening conflict and set off in pursuit of Sephiroth, a powerful man intent on destroying their planet. During their journey, Cloud learns more about his past and builds friendships with his party members, including Aerith Gainsborough, who holds the secret to save their world.

Development began on Final Fantasy VII in 1994 for the Super NES. After delays and technical difficulties experimenting on several platforms, Square ultimately moved development to the PlayStation, largely due to the advantages of the CD-ROM format. The title would become the first in the series to use full motion video and 3D computer graphics, with most scenes using character models superimposed over pre-rendered backgrounds. Although the gameplay system remained mostly unchanged from previous entries, Final Fantasy VII featured science fiction elements with a more realistic presentation. The game had a combined development and marketing budget of over USD$80 million and a staff of over 100 people, thought to be larger than any development team before it.

Helped by a large pre-release promotional campaign, Final Fantasy VII was a commercial success and received widespread critical acclaim. It was acknowledged for boosting the sales of PlayStation consoles and popularising Japanese role-playing games worldwide. Praise was given to its graphics, gameplay, music and story, although some criticism was directed towards its English localisation. The game won numerous Game of the Year awards, among other accolades. In the years since its initial release, Final Fantasy VII has continuously been identified by critics and fans as a landmark title, and one of the greatest games of all time. Its success has led to a sub-series of other games, animated features, and short stories based in the same universe, known under the collective title: Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. The game has been ported to several other platforms featuring some minor enhancements, and a high-definition remake is in development for the PlayStation 4.

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