FINAL FANTASY VII has quickly become one of the best-selling Role Playing games of all time. Combining fully polygonal characters with pre-rendered backgrounds and a stirring musical score by Nobuo Uematsu, FINAL FANTASY VII is a worthwhile addition to any RPG collection. The story centers on the young mercenary Cloud Strife, who is fighting against the evil Shinra, Inc. Along the way, he meets an unforgettable cast of characters such as his childhood friend Tifa Lockhart and the grumpy pilot Cid Highwind. All together, it is an unforgettable and engrossing single-player game that can last for over 60 hours!
I'm amazed that it's come to this. A PC market absolutely starved for solid RPGs finally turns to the console market to get a fix. Embarrassing as it may be, SquareSoft is doing a pretty good job of showing PC owners what the console RPG is all about with their first PC translation, Final Fantasy VII.As a direct copy of the PlayStation game of the same name, Final Fantasy VII shows the positive and negative marks of its heritage.
Let's take a look at those positives. Final Fantasy VII is (obviously) the most recent in a long line of successful RPG titles for the console systems. The game uses a formula that is tried and true. The storyline is both coherent and entertaining (fairly novel for the increasingly ridiculous RPG genre) and unfolds from one scene to the next with the smoothness of a major motion picture. The game's visuals and special effects are also easy to compare to a movie's, providing players with breathtaking breaks and plot advancements throughout the game. Even past these superficial layers, Final Fantasy VII offers a great deal to players.
Final Fantasy VII's movement system is simple and effective, and after a short while becomes almost completely invisible. Players move through the game, occasionally running into enemies that they have to fight, finding new friends, loosing others, and basically keeping the story moving. The combat system is very basic, enabling each character to select an attack every so often, and then displaying the results of that attack on-screen with some pretty amazing special effects. And so the game goes, move, kill, find item, kill, move, the storyline broken up every so often by the appearance of a really special monster that takes everything the team has to defeat. As I said before, a typical console RPG.
And that's really the only problem with Final Fantasy VII the game just doesn't offer a complete RPG experience. While it may be enough for console gamers to be herded down a path towards an inevitable goal, PC roleplaying fans are more accustomed to non-linear titles that allow them to create their own story. Although there's no doubt that this game is perfect in almost every way technically, it just doesn't have the depth of most good RPGs (in fact, most of our office was able to finish the game within 30 hours).
Almost anyone who enjoys a good storyline, great graphics and a solid soundtrack is going to like Final Fantasy VII, as long as they go in expecting something between a standard RPG and a graphic adventure. Players who have been waiting for the next Might & Magic, Ultima, or Wizardry will find that the game's ultra-linear storyline and derivative gameplay offer no new challenges or surprises.
-- Trent C. Ward
Final Fantasy VII Cheats
For this you will need Nights Of The Round with at least 3 levels. Phoenix summon with at least 3 levels. Shield with at least 2 levels. Final Attack with any level. About 3 mastered HP and MP pluses (you might need more). 3 Enemy Skills with White Wind learned (to learn White Wind, go to the grassy area of Junon untill you fight a big green creature with wings. Manipulate it and have it use White Wind on your party).
You also need MP and HP absorb and the MIME command. Make sure you do NOT have the w-item, w-magic, and w-summon materias. Give everyone HP pluses untill it reaches 9,999 HP. Then do the same with the MP pluses until it reaches 999. Equip Cloud with the Ultima Weapon and give him the following materia.
Combine the Nights Of The Round with the MP absorb. Give him Phoenix with Final Attack. Give him mime with HP absorb. Make sure that you only eqip these matiera on the Ultima Weapon if their mastered. Give him shield and enemy skill. Give your other party members the other enemy skills. Make sure Cloud has an accesory that will protect him from Frog and Small.
Before you fight Ruby, get into a battle and have Cloud kill your other party members. Now go after Ruby. Start off by using shield on Cloud. Do NOT have Cloud bring the rest back to life.
Now have Cloud use Knights of the Round and just keep miming it until the Ruby Weapon kills you. When you come back to life, repeat the process until you've won.
NOTE: No matter what, do not use any limit breaks or regular attacks on Ruby. If Cloud becomes a toad, use white wind to heal him.
For this to work you need the W-Item Materia. This Materia is available at the excavation site. Search the bottom layer at a place that looks a little like someone scuffed an "x" in the dirt. Equip the Materia, and in battle use it. Select the Item that you want to duplicate first, then select any other item.
After you select the second item hit cancel, and notice that the first item has increased by one. Just keep selecting the item, and canceling till you have all you need. The only downfall to this is that you can only duplicate items that you can use during battle.
During the second or third CD, go to Nebleheim (Cloud and Tifa's hometown)
with Tifa in your party. Go into Tifa's house and go upstairs into her
room. Examine her piano to the right of the seat. Say "play the piano"
and that you remember. Play these commands on the piano: Cancel, Switch,
Menu, Pgup+Menu, Pgup+Switch, Cancel, Switch, Menu, Pgup+Cancel, OK,
Cancel, Switch, Cancel. Tifa and the other party member will jump out, you
look in Tifa's music sheets to find a note from her teacher. You read the
note and recieve Tifa's level 4 limit break manual "Final Heaven."
Go to the Golden Saucer (preferably later in the game) and go to the battle
arena. Gain 32,000 battle points (I know, easier said than done). First
you need to get A LOT of GP from the Wonder Square and the Chocobo Races,
then, when inside the battle arena, you must not leave (When you leave the
battle arena, all your battle points dissapear). Equip Cloud with all the
best materia and equipment. Talk to the woman at the desk. Say you want
to use Cloud. You will go inside the battle arena and start the battles.
There are 8. Once you defeat all of them, you will exit with a certain
amount of battle points (and a "tissue"... completly useless). Go to the
computer at the lower left of the screen when you have 32,000 battle
points. Scroll down until you get omnislash. That is Clouds level 4 limit
break. If you don't want to go through all of this, just wait until you
fight the very last Sephiroth, Cloud will automaticly be able to use
Omnislash on Sephiroth
If you are tired of Aeris and Tifa fighting over Cloud, then try this. To
date Yuffie, be as mean as possible to everyone, except Yuffie of
course, and don't let Aeris or Tifa into your party. If you have to use
them, then run away from all enemies. Aeris and Tifa don't like a
chicken-wuss Cloud. At the Sector 5 reactor, say "I can't hold on much
longer" That will dissapoint Tifa. When you first meet Aeris, say "You were
the slum drunk". That will lose you major points with Aeris. When you get
to the Wall Market, say you'll take Aeris home. At the Wall Market get all
the best items so Corneo will pick Cloud. Say all the stuff that will lead
to Cloud 'almost' kissing him. When in Cloud's flashback in Kalm, go into
Tifa's room, and sneak around in her dressers. You should recieve an item
"Orthopedic Underwear" this will greatly embarrass Tifa, and you'll lose major
points with her. Get Yuffie as soon as possible. Keep her in your party at
all times, and keep her healthy. On the boat when you fight Jenova birth,
keep Yuffie out of it, because she doesn't want to go. Whenever you have a
choice to talk to your party always talk to Yuffie first and Aeris and Tifa
last. Do the Materia sub-quest and always trust Yuffie. And don't go in the
pagoda because that will make her mad. And on your way to North Corel have
Aeris or Tifa in your party alond with Yuffie and take the ten phoenix
downs from the bird's nest. This will make Aeris/Tifa mad at you but make Yuffie happy because
you place treasure over birds. Then when you get to the date at the Gold Saucer,
it should be Yuffie!
Go to Gold Saucer. Earn Omnislash (Cloud's level 4 limit break: 32,000
battle points) and W-Summon(65,000 battle points) in the battle arena.
Then the lady at the front desk will ask you if you want to do a special
battle arena. If you complete this you will get the great materia Final
Attack (when a character dies, if they have final attack hooked with the
Phoenix summon materia which damages the enemy and casts life 2 on all
allies, just before they die, they will cast the Phoenix Summon and not
only revive themselves, but anyone else who is dead. Very good agaist
Emerald and Ruby weapons).
To get Great Gospel, you first need to go through the first Gold Saucer
area of the game. When you get the buggy, head north to Costa del Sol.
Without leaving the Buggy, drive into Costa del Sol. Go to the ship harbor
and talk to the man blocking the dock to the ship you took to get here from
Junon. He will ask you if you want to stow away. Say yes and pay him his
extremely small fee. You will be brought directly to Junon. Exit the
first screen and head down the street until you see the helicopter landing
pad with a sailor standing next to it. Talk to him and he will offer you
the Helitaxi. Don't worry, it is free. Take the taxi outside of Junon,
and you will appear in the buggy. Drive north to the Old Man's cave. You
will need to cross a shallow river to get there, hence why you have the
buggy. Talk to the man when you have 600-700 victories in battle and the
last two digits match (i.e. 611, 622, 633, 644, etc.). He will give you a
piece of Mythrill. Hop back in the buggy and drive into Junon.. pay the
soldier gaurding the elevator to Upper Junon 10 gil to use the elevator.
Head to the boat launching area. Go in the boat and stow away. You will
appear in Costa del Sol. Now go to the Weapon Maker's shop outside of
Gongaga. Give him the mythrill and he will give you a choice of either
chests upstairs. Go up the stairs and take the one built into the wall at
the end of the balcony. Voila! You have Aeris' ultimate limit break.
Great Gospel makes you invulnerable, restores all HP/MP, and cures all
On the way to Coral, go to the switch that you push to let the others go through. If you explore around that area, you should hear birds chirping. Go up the hill where you hear it (you might have to search to find the right spot) and pick the first choice you are given.
After collecting the 10 Phoenix Downs, go back down to the lower tracks and follow your partners. As they turn to the right, you need to take the left split because buried in the hill under the tracks is a cave with an out-of-work miner. A Power Source, Mind Source, and Tent may be acquired within this hidden area.
Note: Your score will be lowered if you do this. It's not nice to disturb baby birds.
If your having difficulty beating Emerald Weapon and you can't get the Knights of the Round consider using this method.First equip three gravity materia, one to each character, second if possible equip a mime materia to each character.
Next to one character, equip both the W-Magic materia and quadra magic materia joined to the characters gravity materia. Join an all materia to the other characters materia. Okay. Now when you go into battle all you do is use any level of demi on the Emerald weapon and it automatically does 9999 HP of damage to with every hit but at the end his HP will lower and a couple of hits with a moderately powerful summon spell and he's done for. Voila!
To cast three magic spells in one round, first equip someone with a Magic Materia + "All" Support Materia. You'll also need Barrier Materia with the Reflect spell learned. When you enter battle, cast Reflect on the entire party, (your party). Then cast the magic spell that was connected to the "All" Materia on YOUR party.
Even though you cast the spell once, it will be reflected and returned to the enemy hitting for three times! And for the same price of the usual MP's. What's even better is that if you have W-Magic, you can cast that spell twice, or two different spells (both need to be connected to "All" Materia) hitting for six times!!!