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For its time, final fantasy VII was a damn good game, because taking all things into consideration, it was made about 10 years ago. It is wrong to say that the graphics are bad compared to FFX-2 or whatever because the game was limited by the technology at the time. during the wandering around bits, yes the characters were very blocky, the backgrounds, while beautiful, felt a bit plastic and yes it is annoying that you take one step and suddenly ur in a battle. however character development was deep, the storyline is incredible (a bit rushed at the end perhaps, maybe they felt 40 hours was a getting a bit too long), the music is undeniably memorable, and the graphics, while sometimes poor, are saved by some of the battle animations (summons, spells etc) and CGI sequences. A lot of money and time was put into it and it shows.
Because of its mainstream popularity and huge fanbase, FFVII is also known mostly by those who prefer other FF games as Final Fanboy 7
based on a real final fantasy VII forum post:

person 1: OMG aeris is soooo annoying she is making the game so unenjoyable for me AGGGHHH, i wish she would just die.

person 2: hahahahaha..... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA ooohh thats just too good, no really stop it.

person 3: ever experienced a wish come true? lol
by the wangster May 07, 2006
 
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Final Fantasy VII was fantastic in the year it came out. Now, it's understandable why there is such a controversy over it in 2006: people are now expecting better graphics and bigger, more complex storylines. In 1996, Final Fantasy VII had these so the american population went crazy over it. Sure, there was no need to hype it up, but most did anyway. Just like people are doing now for video games like Kingdom Hearts (II) or Warcraft or ven Xenosaga(I, II, or III).

In another ten years, these games are going to be looked at the same way Final Fantasy VII is now being looked at: overhyped.

Final Fantasy VII has a deep and moving storyline. However, most people prefer other games in the series, because they may think that, for example, Final fantasy VI had better graphic or more complex characters (or even both).

Whether or not you enjoyed the game depends on your own personal taste.

For me, I thought that Final Fantasy VII had a great storyline, terrible graphics(the cut scenes could've been better, but then again I didn't play it in 1996 and am now used to game characters that can talk and 45-min long cutscenes: blame Xenosaga), and one of the most messed up main characters around. I mean, seriously, Cloud was screwed up for more than a disk. Well, anyway, I would much prefer Final Fantasy X's graphics anyday. Other then that, kudos to Sony for bringing about one of the best rpgs in 1996.
Final Fantasy VII was fantastic in 1996. In 2006, however, I'm looking towards Final Fantasy XII, because frankly, it'll have the graphics and storyline expected for this decade...I hope. In 2016, we might have hologram videogames...I can't wait.
by Reikokittykat April 12, 2006
 
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While it was certainly an influential game, the transition from 2D to 3D did nothing in terms of gameplay for the Final Fantasy series in VII. Final Fantasy VII literally rehashed the gameplay from Final Fantasy VI and added the extremely novel and worthless materia system to try and make the gameplay look less cut and pasted, yet anyone that had played Final Fantasy VI beforehand could see what a shameless copy VII was. Many other game series that had moved from 2D to 3D had retained the classic 2D gameplay feel while actually getting significant gameplay changes from moving into 3D which made them feel fresh (e.g Zelda and Ocarina of Time). Since Final Fantasy VII changed nothing gameplay-wise when moving into 3D, the gameplay ultimately felt stale to those who had played previous Final Fantasies.

The presentational values VII introduced were excellent but the complete lack of any real gameplay evolution was largely disappointing for fans of the series who had played previous installments. Unfortunately VII is overrated for the fact many people had never played a JRPG before in their life (as they were mostly popular in Japan until that point). Many people were unaware of how its gameplay had no significant changes in the transition from 2D to 3D and how the games only redeeming factor was the presentation.

A disappointing game all in all.
FFVII Fanboy: FINAL FANTASY VII IS DA BEST FINAL FANTASY EVAR!
Person: What significant gameplay additions did it make over Final Fantasy VI?
FFVII Fanboy: IT ADDED TEH UMVS AND TEH COOL CLOUD AND SEPHIROTH!!!
Person: No what I mean is "gameplay", you know the bits you actually play, not what you watch. You know, most of us buy games to play them.
FFVII Fanboy: ...
by Primus107 May 20, 2007
 
10.
A game considered the best by mainstream RPG gamers due to it's "maturity" by mentioning things such as death, religion, and love.

In truth though, it is not that great. It it just another game that was overhyped by American otaku in an attempt to seem more japanese.
Aeris (Aerith) died... get over it.
by darksoulexile December 23, 2004
 
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Incredibly overrated title from the Final Fantasy series. It had it's moments, but the main problems were the dislikeable characters (Spehiroth, Cloud, Aeris, Cloud, Tifa, Sephiroth, Cid, Cloud, every one of the Turks, Barrett, Sephiroth, Yuffie, and Cloud), the low challenge when compared to the other 6 Final Fantasy games, the dreadful-looking polygons that have bloated wrists and ankles, and the fact that the final boss can destroy several planets but dies in one hit if you've done things properly.
Even so, it had an innovative ability system that expanded upon FFVI's Espers, useful limit breaks for each character which can do a number of things in battle, impressive background graphics, and a great number of sidequests.
Otaku Final Fantasy VII fan: FF7 is the best game ever and sephiroth is the best villain ever and cloud is the best hero ever and tif'as tits make me want to splooge.
More observant gamer: FF7 was overhyped and overrated. I enjoyed every other Final Fantasy game much more, and the only edge I saw in FF7 was the marvelous soundtrack.
Otaku: fcuk u, ima jack off to cloudxvincentxsephiroth yaoi
by Oni-Unit July 12, 2005