Not nearly as good as I remember.
It's also exactly as good as I remember it, which is to say bland and not good at all.
Also, this is easily the best version of the introduction, way better than the low-res and-or watermarked versions that show up at the top of the search queue, so if anyone wants to go to the original YouTube page and give it a good rating, that would be really great (for people who care about QUALITY I mean).
That's still quite impressive, moreso for the art direction than anything else. At the time there was a bizarre press release from Square about why they deliberately kept the awful MIDI while going overboard on everything else. Something along the lines of full orchestral music making the graphics look terrible.
Nostalgia is evil. It's making me want to play this again, even though I know I'll hate every single second of it. The first time round I sportingly managed to tolerate everything FFVII threw at me up until the Chocobo racing on Disc 3, which FUCK THIS SHIT.
Chocobo racing on disc 3? Did you play the same game I did?
Breeding. Racing. That thing you have to do to make an aquatic chicken to reach the island to get the spell that takes five unskippable minutes to cast and without which there is no point going into the volcano to try and kill the evil dude.
I remember this was one of the games I had to watch my friend play for hours on end. Pretty impressive game for it's time, but having to sit around while Cloud did that "knights of the round" or whatever it was got really old about the 10th time he used it on Sepiroth (although Sep's world-ending meteor was just as drawn-out and boring).
I actually jumped in the car and drove to the store to buy it as soon as I saw the commercial on TV =(
Anyone who said this wasn't a mindblowing game (presentation wise, anyway) at the time is yanking your chain. Pretty much any RPG before this was still using the same old Dragon Warrior model. Now they all model after this one.
Parasite Eve, however, still holds up nicely.
The last good RPG square made =\
I played this game when I was 12 and fuck you I still have a good opinion of it.
I will forever deliberately avoid playing it again though. This is the kind of thing you keep in memory only.
|Godard's Drinking Problem |
Yeah, this game was the fucking business. And I dug all the goofy bullshit (chocobo races, snowboarding, that awful yalping cat-like character), though skipping the awful chocobo breeding section made me feel guilty. Like Cloud deserved to have that impossible-to-find-materia, and I just wasn't man enough to get it for him.
And battling that giant monster from the flying ship! And paratrooping into Midgar to fight Dr. Goofy Scientist! And the entire section in the talking mountain lion's village! And the spooky death music after there's blood everywhere in the Shinra building! I am drenched in memories.
...I need to get laid.
I thought this game was pretty amazing as the "new generation" FF up until the story started to get too fruity. I was totally enamored with the "used future" look of the whole thing and the art design in general. The Final Fantasies since have been too "pretty" for lack of a better term.
I remember thinking this game was ridiculously overrated when it was new, although looking back I can appreciate how it did somewhat change the game for RPGs. Maybe not for the better, though.
It sure as hell beat FFVIII.
Probably the only game I've ever stayed up for 2 days straight to play over a weekend when I first got it. Mind-blowing for its time, particularly the cutscenes. My mom actually cried during the Aeris scene.
|Caminante Nocturno |
So many fond memories of a game I'll never play again for fear of destroying those memories.
No. Nobody remembers FFVII.
I loved this game and played it repeatedly when it came out. Every JRPG since then, starting with FFVIII, has been an aggrivating assult on my patience. This was like the swan song of the SNES era for me.
One of the best games ever.
With the worst fan following ever.
This game nailed everything I hate about JRPGs.
Why do my characters look badass during fights, but like retarded stuffed animals when walking around?
Hey I found another giant fucking sword, hmm wonder who I should equip this on, such a difficult decision...
So this ugly cat-fairy thing wants to join my party, whatever I guess. Wait, I have to drop someone I've been using for 30 hours?
Oh look, an airship. Again.
Mandatory Chocobo racing? I'm sure this won't be annoyingly difficult at all.
With all these flaws, I still made it pretty far into the game and enjoyed it for the most part. I didn't even bother with any if the sequels, they looked terrible and gay. It was kind of the signal that Final Fantasy was going to be shit from now on, so enjoy this last decent game.
|Aubrey McFate |
I actually played this about 5 or so years ago, since I had missed it the first time. The first disc was really good in all respects: plot, pacing, characterization, gameplay, the whole works.
Then I got to disc 2 and the whole game began to wear on. And things made less sense. And everybody either turned annoying or whiny.
By disc 3, major plot points were hidden as secrets, the story just petered out, battling was a grind and every character except Cid was a fucking waste. I could almost hear the budget run out as I played.
Anyways, five stars for the first disc. And also for Cid. Cid was cool.
I was actually considering playing this today. (yes I still have a working copy, and no I'm not a fan boy) Aubrey summed up its steady decline pretty well.
not even a little bit derivative of blade runner at all.
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