An epic low-fantasy RPG developed and published by Square (now Square Enix), and released for the Sony PlayStation console in 1997.

Frequently cited as one of the best video games of all time, FF7 was lauded for its massive size, depth of story, stunning visuals and unforgettable score, and is widely credited with popularising role playing games in the western world.

The game has since spawned numerous inferior sequels, prequels, remakes and spin-offs, none of which appear to have lessened its god-like reputation amongst enthusiasts.
Final Fantasy VII, the one that redefined gaming as we know it.
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A role playing game released in 1997 by Squaresoft. Most video game enthusiest recognize this game as one of the greatest games ever, and for having one of the best, most captivating story lines ever. FF7 is recognized as bringing RPGs into the mainstream pipularity
Final Fantasy VII is the greatest game ever
by Mike Truitt June 12, 2003
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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 7, 2006
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A RPG released in 1997, it caused the N64 to loose the console war. It was regarded as either the best game ever, or the most over-rated game. I personally feel it's a perfect game, but each to their own.
Final Fantasy VII> Final Fantasy VI.
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Belived by a great amount of gamers to be one of the best games ever made. Having a deep and involving storyline, dynamic charecters, and a awesome musical score, FF7 was largely responsible for raising RPGs to the level of popularity it has today.
Me: Final Fantasy VII melts your face off!
Flamer: I hate it, and Im mad because everyone else likes it.
Me: I can't hear you, your face is melted...
by TheShaneOh September 16, 2005
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One of the best games ever, and it even has a prequel that just came out today called Crisis Core for the PSP. If only there were as much fans of it where I live as there is elsewhere...
Classmate: "Hey Teevo, have you been playing any Halo 3?"

Me: "No, I've been playing Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core"

Classmate: "What? Hmm, never heard of it. Sounds like an unknown game series."

Me: "No one here understands how good the Final Fantasy franchise is!"
by Teevo March 25, 2008
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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 13, 2006
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