Posts Tagged ‘Final Fantasy VII’

by Keith Crandell Jr.

*Editor’s Note: This review covers Dissidia and Dissidia 012*

Dissidia’s initial selling point was the conflict between ten heroes and villains from the numbered installments.

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By Keith Crandell

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The main cast of Crisis Core. From left to right: Genesis, Angeal, Zack Fair, Sephiroth, Tseng, and Cloud Strife

Several years before Cloud Strife rode atop a train to commit unspeakable acts of terrorism, he was a wimpy little Shinra military grunt, and aspired to be strong enough to join SOLDIER, an elite military group. While he never actually made it into SOLDIER, his good friend Zack Fair did, SOLDIER First Class, in fact. Crisis Core –Final Fantasy VII- is Zack’s story, spanning the seven years leading up to Final Fantasy VII. The impact Zack has on Cloud is profound, and it’s great to see what actually happens to the man in this tragic story.

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By Keith Crandell

The main cast of Final Fantasy VII. Unfortunately, none of the cooler characters make an appearance until later in the game, and it’s hardly more than a cameo at that point.

The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII continues with perhaps the least loved installment, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. Breaking from the standard RPG formula of Final Fantasy VII, Dirge of Cerberus is actually a third person shooter starring the mysterious Vincent Valentine, an optional character from the original game, and his mission to stop Deepground, an organization hell bent on creating as much chaos as possible to destroy the planet. It’s actually a pretty solid shooter at that, but it isn’t particularly awesome, unless you love melodrama. Dirge of Cerberus is one of the darkest entries in the Final Fantasy series. Literally the darkest, with a dark story, overtones, and a dark picture on the TV screen.

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By Keith Crandell

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I’m going to be upfront about this: Final Fantasy XIII is by no means the best game in the Final Fantasy series. It’s not even close. It’s a solid title, with varying strengths and weaknesses, and is not “garbage” or “an abomination to the greatest series of all time” as I’ve seen a few people put it. Final Fantasy reached the western audience in early 2010, and its main protagonist, a strong woman named Lightning, was intended by director Motomu Toriyama to be reminiscent of Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife. Little did he know that not only was she indeed reminiscent of Cloud, but that Final Fantasy XIII would face a similar degree of controversy from the Final Fantasy fandom.

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Final Fantasy Week (really, Month at this point) continues with the crew’s article on their favorite Final Fantasy Characters! Instead of the usual (again, no love for Cloud) picks, we have an interesting round up!

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The original box art to Advent Children

The sequel to Final Fantasy VII was a gamble for Square Enix. Unlike with Final Fantasy X and X-2, Square Enix decided to try their luck again with a movie sequel as for Final Fantasy VII. Their first attempt at a Final Fantasy movie, Spirits Within, was a poorly received failure that left anyone who watched it wishing they could have those two hours of their lives back. Taking place two years after Meteorfall (the end of Final Fantasy VII), Final Fantasy VII Advent Children is a great addition to the Final Fantasy VII Compilation, and Advent Children Complete is even better.

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Final Fantasy VII Review: Do the Shinra Shuffle!

Click “Shinra Shuffle” for an awesome song to accompany this review!

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The heroes of Final Fantasy VII. From left to right, Cait Sith, Aerith Gainsborough, Vincent Valentine, Yuffie Kisaragi, Red XIII, Cloud Strife, Cid Highwind, Tifa Lockhart, Barret Wallace.

Final Fantasy VII was the reigning champion of RPGs when it released in 1997. It helped make the Playstation brand what it is today, and revolutionized 3D gaming technology. Unlike a fine bottle of wine, this game does not grow better with time. It has aged the worst out of the whole series. Despite aging problems, it still continues to be the most polarizing game of the series. When released, the old school Final Fantasy fans who loved the sprites of Final Fantasy I-VI found the new 3D graphics to be appalling and the futuristic setting blasphemous to the series while new gamers had trouble falling in love with the NES and SNES console games enjoyed the 3D graphics and more sci-fi versions of the Final Fantasy world.

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