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Final Fantasy VII
North American box art depicting the main character Cloud
Developer(s) Square
Publisher(s) PlayStation
JP Square
NA Sony
PAL SCE Europe
INT Square
Eidos Interactive
PlayStation Network
Square Enix
Director(s) Yoshinori Kitase
Producer(s) Hironobu Sakaguchi
Artist(s) Tetsuya Nomura
Writer(s) Yoshinori Kitase
Kazushige Nojima
Composer(s) Nobuo Uematsu
Series Final Fantasy
Platform(s) PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Console role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) CERO: B
ELSPA: 11+
PEGI: 12+
USK: 12+
Media 3 CD-ROMs (PS)
4 CD-ROMs (Windows)
System requirements Windows
166MHz Pentium CPU, 32 MB RAM, 4X CD-ROM drive, DirectX 5.1 compatible sound and video card, 260 MB available hard disk space, Windows 95 or above (officially not compatible with NT 4.0 or 2000)
Input methods PlayStation controller (PS)
Keyboard or joystick (Windows)

Final Fantasy VII (ファイナルファンタジーVII?) is a console role-playing game developed by Square (now Square Enix) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series. It was originally released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation. It was re-released in 1998 for Microsoft Windows-based personal computers and in 2009 on the PlayStation Network. The game is the first in the series to use 3D computer graphics, featuring fully rendered characters on pre-rendered backgrounds.

Set in a dystopian world, Final Fantasy VII's story centers on mercenary Cloud Strife who joins with several others to stop the megacorporation Shinra, which is draining the life of the planet to use as an energy source. As the story progresses, the situation escalates and Cloud and his allies face Sephiroth, the game's main antagonist.

Development of Final Fantasy VII began in 1994 and the game was originally intended for release on the SNES, but it was later moved to the Nintendo 64. As the system's cartridges lacked the required storage capacity, Square decided to release the game for the PlayStation instead. The music was scored by Final Fantasy veteran Nobuo Uematsu, while the series' long-time character designer, Yoshitaka Amano, was replaced by Tetsuya Nomura.

Noted for its graphics, gameplay, music and story, Final Fantasy VII is acknowledged as one of the greatest and most influential games of all time. As of December 2005, the game had sold 9.8 million copies worldwide, and it is currently the best-selling Final Fantasy title. The ongoing popularity of the title led Square Enix to produce a series of prequels and sequels under the collective title Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. An enhanced remake for the PlayStation 3 has been rumored since 2005; however, Square Enix has stated that a remake is not in development.[1]



Like previous installments of the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy VII consists of three modes: an overworld map, field maps, and a battle screen. The overworld map is a 3D model, featuring a scaled-down version of the game's fictional world which the player navigates to travel between the game's locations.[2] As with preceding games in the series, the world map can be traversed by foot, on chocobos, airship, or submarine.[2] On field maps, characters are directed across realistically scaled environments, consisting of 2D pre-rendered backgrounds which represent locations such as towns or forests.[3] The battle screen is a 3D representation of an area, such as a building's interior or an open grassland, in which the player commands the characters in battles against CPU-controlled enemies.[4] While characters are super deformed on maps, the character models are more realistic and normal-scaled in combat.[5] Final Fantasy VII is the first game in the series to have character models with fully-rendered polygons, rather than 2D sprites.

Initially, the player is restricted to exploring the city of Midgar, but as the game progresses, the entire world becomes accessible to the player.[2] Progression through the game's storyline is largely developed by way of scripted sequences, although pre-rendered cinematic cut scenes sometimes also advance the story.[5]


A battle in Final Fantasy VII

During battle sequences, the game uses the same Active Time Battle (ATB) system designed by Hiroyuki Itō, first featured in Final Fantasy IV. Unlike previous games in the series, which allow 4-5 playable characters to participate in battle, Final Fantasy VII allows only three characters to be in the party at any time.[6]

Final Fantasy VII's skill system is built around the use of materia (which any character can use); magical orbs that are placed in special slots on weapons and armor, allowing players to customize their characters' access to magic spells, summons, and special abilities. Magic and summon materia also make the characters physically weaker. In addition to their individual attributes, materia can be used together in a fixed number of ways to enhance their effects or produce other abilities.[7] Summon spells feature in the game, equippable as materia, with elaborately animated attacks.

A modified form of Final Fantasy VI's "Desperation Attacks" appears in Final Fantasy VII as the "Limit Break". Every playable character has a bar that gradually fills up when they suffer damage in battle. When the bar is completely filled, the character is able to unleash his or her Limit Break, a special attack which generally inflicts significantly more damage on enemies than normal attacks, or otherwise aids the party in battle.[5] Unlike materia, each character has their own unique set of Limit Breaks, which are divided into four levels of strength.[8]



The game's setting follows in the footsteps of Final Fantasy VI by presenting a world with considerably more advanced technology than the first five games in the series. Overall, the game's technology and society approximates that of an industrial or post-industrial science fiction.[9] The world of Final Fantasy VII, referred to in the game as "The Planet", but retroactively named "Gaia", is composed of three main land masses. The eastern continent features the city of Midgar, an industrial metropolis that serves as the capital city of the world as it hosts headquarters of the Shinra, who operate as the de facto world government. Other locations on the continent are Junon, Shinra's major military base; Fort Condor, a fort with a huge condor covering up a Mako reactor on top of it; a chocobo ranch; and Kalm, a small town inspired by medieval Europe.

The western continent features most of the accessible areas, which include the Gold Saucer, an amusement park with Corel Prison below; Costa Del Sol, a seaside resort; Nibelheim, a town residing at the base of Mt. Nibel; Rocket Town, the location of Shinra's failed rocket launch; and a settlement called Cosmo Canyon. Wutai, a village inspired by pre-modern Japan and China, is located on a large island off the western continent. The tribe inhabiting Cosmo Canyon emphasize living in harmony with nature and dedicating causes to the planet's well-being.[10] Their settlement features an observatory and serves as a research facility for those who wish to participate in a philosophy known as the "Study of Planet Life", a lifestyle that encourages deference for nature and teaches that the planet has a life of its own.[10] The northernmost continent is a heavily glaciated landmass, and its few settlements include an excavation site; a ski resort; the mythical "City of the Ancients"; and the Northern Crater, where the game's climax takes place. There are also underwater locations accessible via submarine, such as a sunken plane transporter.


Tetsuya Nomura's designs of the main playable characters in Final Fantasy VII. Clockwise from top right: Cait Sith, Tifa, Barret, Cloud, Aeris, Yuffie, Red XIII, Vincent, Cid.

The nine main playable characters in Final Fantasy VII are Cloud Strife, an unsociable mercenary who claims to be a former 1st Class member of Shinra's SOLDIER unit;[11] Barret Wallace, the leader of the anti-Shinra rebel group AVALANCHE; Tifa Lockhart, a martial artist and childhood friend of Cloud's; Aeris Gainsborough[12], a flower merchant who has been pursued by Shinra's special operations unit Turks since childhood;[13] Red XIII, a wise lion-like creature who was experimented on by Shinra scientists; Cait Sith, a fortune-telling robotic cat who rides an animated moogle doll;[14] Cid Highwind, a pilot whose dreams of being the first man in outer space were crushed;[15] Yuffie Kisaragi, a young thief and a skillful ninja; and Vincent Valentine, a former member of Shinra's Turks unit who was killed and brought back to life as an immortal.[16] The game's main antagonist is Sephiroth, a former member of SOLDIER who reappears several years after disappearing in a battle in which he was concluded to have died.[17]

The game's character designer, Tetsuya Nomura, has expressed that Final Fantasy VII was hindered by graphical limitations, and as such his designs were very plain in comparison to his real style. Cloud's original design of slicked back black hair with no spikes was intended to serve as a contrast to Sephiroth's long, flowing silver hair. Nomura feared that such masculinity could prove to be unpopular with fans, and therefore he changed Cloud's design to feature a shock of spiky, bright blond hair. Tifa's outfit with her dark miniskirt was designed to contrast Aeris's long, pink dress. Vincent's character developed from horror researcher to detective, then to chemist, and finally to the figure of a former Turk with a tragic past. Nomura has indicated that Cid Highwind's fighting style resembles that of a Dragoon Knight, a character class which was chosen because his last name is the same as that of two previous Dragoon Knights featured in the Final Fantasy series, Ricard Highwind of Final Fantasy II and Kain Highwind of Final Fantasy IV.[5]

Due to their popularity, several characters from Final Fantasy VII have made cameo appearances in other Square Enix titles, most notably the fighting game Ehrgeiz and the popular Final Fantasy-Disney crossover series Kingdom Hearts. Dissidia: Final Fantasy is the newest game to include Final Fantasy VII characters such as Cloud and Sephiroth and lets players battle it out with characters from other Final Fantasy games.[18] Aeris's death in the game has often been referred as one of the most emotional moments from any video game.[19][20] Sephiroth remains one of the most popular villains in video game history, unanimously voted #1 by the staff of gaming publication Electronic Gaming Monthly in their "Top 10 Video Game Bosses" list in October 2005,[21] and winning GameFAQs' best villain contest in spring of the same year.[22]


Final Fantasy VII begins with Cloud joining AVALANCHE in a series of raids against the Mako reactors surrounding the city of Midgar. Although the first mission is successful, AVALANCHE is trapped at another reactor during a subsequent raid. The reactor explodes, launching Cloud from the upper levels of Midgar into the slums below. He lands on a flower bed, where he is formally introduced to Aeris.[23] Prompted by the arrival of Shinra's Turks operatives sent to capture Aeris, Cloud agrees to be Aeris' bodyguard and defends her from the Turks.[24] After the Shinra discover the location of AVALANCHE's hideout,[25] they destroy it by demolishing the entirety of Sector 7, killing its population and three members of AVALANCHE. The Turks also capture Aeris, who is revealed to be the last surviving "Cetra",[26] a race closely attuned with the planet and previously thought extinct. President Shinra believes Aeris can lead him to the "Promised Land", a mythical land of fertility, where he expects to find Mako energy.[27]

The remaining members of AVALANCHE infiltrate Shinra corporate headquarters to rescue Aeris. After freeing her and Red XIII, they escape because most of the personnel in the building, including the president, are killed by Sephiroth, a man presumed to be dead, who stated that he would never allow Shinra to claim the Promised Land.[28] The party also learns that during Sephiroth's attack on Shinra, the headless body of a creature named "Jenova" disappeared from the building's research facility.[29] While the president's son, Rufus Shinra, assumes control of the company, AVALANCHE pursues Sephiroth across the planet, fearing his intentions for the Promised Land may be more destructive than Shinra's. The party is joined by Cait Sith and Cid Highwind, and optionally by Vincent and Yuffie. The full scope of Sephiroth's plan is eventually revealed: if the world is significantly damaged, the Lifestream will gather in an attempt to heal the wound. Sephiroth intends to use a powerful spell called "Meteor" to cause this injury, and then merge with the planet's energy, allowing him to be reborn as a god and rule over the planet.[30] Aeris sets off to stop Sephiroth on her own. AVALANCHE follow her to the northern continent, where they enter an ancient Cetra city. After finding Aeris praying to the planet for aid, Sephiroth impales Aeris with his sword.[31]

Sephiroth kills Aeris in a scene which has been referred to by some as "the most shocking moment in video games".[19]

Influenced by Sephiroth, Cloud becomes suspicious of his memories and insists he is not a real human, but instead a specimen created from Jenova's genetic material by Professor Hojo. Jenova was an interstellar creature who crash landed on the planet roughly 2,000 years prior to the game's events. Jenova had intended to infect all living organisms on the planet with a virus inducing insanity and monstrous transformations;[32] among its victims were most of the Cetra. Attempting to defend itself, the planet created giant monsters called "WEAPONs". The majority of humans fled rather than fight Jenova; however, a small group of Cetra survivors managed to defeat and confine Jenova.[33] Eventually, the remains of Jenova were unearthed by Professor Gast, a researcher for the Shinra Company. Mistaking the creature for a Cetra, Gast was given authorization to conduct an experiment to artificially produce a Cetra by combining cells from Jenova with the fetus of an unborn child.[32] Sephiroth learned that he was the product of this experiment while on a Shinra mission in Cloud and Tifa's hometown, Nibelheim. He concluded that he was a Cetra who had been produced solely from Jenova's genetic material. He burned down Nibelheim, intending to kill all descendants of those he believed had abandoned his ancestors in the defense of the planet. Cloud confronted Sephiroth during this massacre, after which Sephiroth vanished under unknown circumstances and was presumed dead until his reappearance in the Shinra building. When AVALANCHE travels to the Northern Crater to confront Sephiroth, he tells Cloud that he was not in Nibelheim, showing him images of a SOLDIER with dark hair who occupies Cloud's place in his memories.[34] Tifa is unable to refute Sephiroth's claims, and Sephiroth casts the Meteor spell, causing the planet to awaken the WEAPONs in response. During the earthquake that follows, Cloud is separated from his companions and falls into the Lifestream.

As the meteor summoned by Sephiroth slowly approaches the planet, the Shinra Company focuses its efforts on protecting humanity from the WEAPONs, as well as defeating Sephiroth, in the hopes that this will dismiss Meteor itself.[35] Meanwhile, the members of AVALANCHE find Cloud in a catatonic state on a tropical resort where he washed up following the casting of Meteor. The WEAPONs' destructive activity causes the island to split open, and Cloud and Tifa fall into the Lifestream, where she reconstructs Cloud's memories and learns the truth about his past. It is revealed that Cloud never succeeded in joining SOLDIER, and that the dark-haired SOLDIER from his memories was actually Aeris's first love and Cloud's best friend, Zack Fair. Zack, Tifa, and Cloud had fought Sepiroth during the burning of Nibelheim. Although Tifa and Zack were defeated, Cloud and Sephiroth severely wounded one another. After decapitating Jenova, Sephiroth was thrown into the Lifestream by Cloud, taking the creature's head with him. Rather than dying, his body and consciousness were crystallized in Mako inside Jenova's crater.

Cloud and Zack were among the wounded survivors who were apprehended by Shinra as part of a cover-up of Sephiroth's massacre. Professor Hojo subjected these survivors to an experiment, performing the same enhancements given to SOLDIER members—a procedure which included Mako showers and the injection of Jenova cells. All but Zack entered a comatose state, and nearly five years later, Zack broke free from his confinement and took Cloud with him. However, the alien Jenova cells in Cloud's body still allowed Sephiroth to modulate his behavior. Moreover, the cells' ability to duplicate information allowed Cloud's mind to construct a false persona built around Zack's behavior. This was prompted by Zack himself, who was killed outside Midgar by Shinra soldiers during the escape; he urged Cloud to live both their lives before passing on. Afterward, Tifa discovered Cloud, who was wearing a SOLDIER 1st Class uniform, and offered him a job with AVALANCHE.[32]

After Cloud awakens, it is revealed that Aeris, in her final moments, was casting the spell "Holy" with the White Materia, the only means of opposing Meteor. Although she succeeded, Sephiroth had since prevented the spell from taking effect. Deciding to protect humanity from the WEAPONs before approaching Sephiroth, Shinra and AVALANCHE destroy the WEAPONs, although nearly all of Shinra's executives are killed in the process. Among the few survivors are Reeve Tuesti, who is revealed to be the repentant controller of Cait Sith,[36] and Professor Hojo, who is revealed to be Sephiroth's biological father. He explains that he and his wife were assistants to Professor Gast, and offered up their unborn child as a test subject to research involving Jenova.[37] After finding out that Hojo is trying to help Sephiroth gain mastery over the Lifestream, AVALANCHE kills him. In their final assault against Sephiroth, the group travels through the Northern Crater to the planet's core. They defeat Sephiroth and free Holy, but the spell is unable to destroy Meteor alone. Selected as Meteor's target, Midgar is almost completely destroyed. However, the Lifestream rises from the planet to aid Holy in destroying the Meteor.[38] During the epilogue, taking place 500 years after the game's events, Red XIII runs through a canyon with two cubs at his side. He proceeds up a cliff-face, which reveals a lush land of greenery where Midgar had once been.


Planning sessions for Final Fantasy VII began in 1994 after the release of Final Fantasy VI. At the time, the game was planned to be another 2D project for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.[39] Series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi intended the story to take place in modern New York City in the year 1999. Several of the staff members were working in parallel on Chrono Trigger, and development for Final Fantasy VII was interrupted when the other project became significant enough to require the help of Yoshinori Kitase and other designers. Some of the ideas originally considered for Final Fantasy VII ended up in Chrono Trigger instead. Other ideas, such as the New York setting and the sorceress character Edea, were kept unused until the later projects Parasite Eve and Final Fantasy VIII respectively.[40] The original script of Final Fantasy VII, which was written by Sakaguchi, was completely different from the finished product. Tetsuya Nomura recalled how Sakaguchi "wanted to do something like a detective story". The first part of the story involved a "hot blooded" character named "Detective Joe" who was in pursuit of the main characters. The main characters managed to blow up the city of Midgar, which had already been developed for the story.[41]

Development of Final Fantasy VII resumed in late 1995,[31] and required the efforts of approximately 120 artists and programmers, using PowerAnimator and Softimage|3D software and a budget of more than US$30 million.[42] Final Fantasy VI's co-director and scenario writer, Kitase, returned to direct and co-write Final Fantasy VII and was concerned the franchise might be left behind if it did not catch up to the 3D computer graphics used in other games at the time.[43] Production began after the making of a short, experimental tech demo called "Final Fantasy SGI" for Silicon Graphics, Inc. Onyx workstations. The demo featured polygon-based 3D renderings of characters from Final Fantasy VI in a real time battle.[44] This experiment led the development team to integrate these design mechanics into Final Fantasy VII. However, as a result of the high quantity of memory storage required to implement the motion data, only the CD-ROM format would be able to suit the project's needs.[31] Nintendo, for which Square had developed all previous titles in the Final Fantasy series, had decided to continue to use cartridges for its upcoming Nintendo 64 console. This eventually led to a dispute that resulted in Square ending its long, tumultuous relationship with Nintendo, and Square announced on January 12, 1996 it would be developing Final Fantasy VII for Sony's PlayStation platform.[45]

The transition from 2D computer graphics to 3D environments overlaid on pre-rendered backgrounds was accompanied by a focus on a more realistic presentation. While the extra storage capacity and computer graphics gave the team the means to implement more than 40 minutes of full motion video movies, this innovation brought with it the added difficulty of ensuring that the inferiority of the in-game graphics in comparison to the full motion video sequences was not too obvious. Kitase has described the process of making the in-game environments as detailed as possible to be "a daunting task".[31] The series' long-time character designer, Yoshitaka Amano, was busy opening art workshops and exhibitions in France and New York, which limited his involvement in the game. This issue was addressed by bringing Nomura on board as the project's main artist, while Amano aided in the design of the game's world map.[5]

In early August 1996, a demonstration disc called "Square's Preview Extra" was released in Japan as a bonus pack-in with the PlayStation game Tobal No. 1. The disc contained the earliest playable demo of Final Fantasy VII and previews of other upcoming games such as Bushido Blade and SaGa Frontier. The demo allowed players to play through the first part of Midgar. However, there were some noticeable differences from the final version, namely that Aeris was featured in the initial party and that the ability to use Summons had not yet been implemented.[46]

The game's release in North America was preceded by a massive three-month marketing campaign, which consisted of three 30-second television commercials on major networks, a one minute long theatrical commercial, a holiday promotion with Pepsi, and printed ads in publications such as Rolling Stone, Details, Spin, Playboy and comic books published by Marvel and DC.[47] Several additions to gameplay and story were made for the game's North American release, such as easier exchange of materia, arrows highlighting exits on field screens,[3] and an extra cutscene, prompting a re-release in Japan under the title "Final Fantasy VII International".[48] In 1998, Final Fantasy VII was ported to Windows-based PCs. This re-release featured smoother graphics and fixed translation and spelling errors, as well as gameplay-related glitches. However, the PC version also suffered from its own bugs, including errors in the display of some full motion videos when rendering in hardware mode on certain graphics chipsets.[49]


The music for Final Fantasy VII was composed by Nobuo Uematsu. Instead of recorded music and sound effects for the game, Uematsu opted for MIDIs, using the PlayStation's internal sound chip.[5] Final Fantasy VII was the first game in the series to include a track with digitized vocals, "One-Winged Angel", which has been described as Uematsu's "most recognizable contribution" to the music of the Final Fantasy series.[50] Uematsu has said that the soundtrack has a feel of "realism", which prevented him from using "exorbitant, crazy music".[51]

The game's soundtrack was released on four Compact Discs.[52] One of the most notable pieces from the soundtrack is "Aeris's Theme" (or otherwise known as "Aerith's Theme"), which is most noticeably played after Aeris is killed by Sephiroth. It has become popular among fans, and has inspired several arrangements.[53] A single-disc album of selected tracks from the Original Soundtrack and three arranged tracks, entitled Final Fantasy VII Reunion Tracks, was released separately.[54] Piano Collections Final Fantasy VII, a piano arrangement of selected tracks, was released in 2003.[55] Several tracks from the game have been remixed in subsequent Square productions, including Final Fantasy IX[56], Final Fantasy VII Advent Children[57] and Kingdom Hearts.[58]


Final Fantasy VII was both a critical and commercial success, and set several sales records. Within three days of its release in Japan, the game had sold 2.3 million copies.[5] This popularity inspired thousands of retailers in North America to break street dates in September to meet public demand for the title.[59] In the game's debut weekend in North America, it sold 330,000 copies,[60] and had reached sales of 500,000 units in less than three weeks.[61] The momentum built in the game's opening weeks continued for several months; Sony announced the game had sold one million copies on the continent by early December,[62] prompting business analyst Edward Williams from Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. to comment, "Sony redefined the role-playing game (RPG) category and expanded the conventional audience with the launch of Final Fantasy VII".[62] Final Fantasy VII had sold over 9.8 million copies worldwide including Final Fantasy VII International as of December 2005,[63] making it the highest-selling Final Fantasy title.[64]

Although Square's announcement that Final Fantasy VII would be produced for Sony rather than Nintendo and that it would not be based on the Final Fantasy SGI demo was initially met with discontent among gamers,[44][45] the game continues to maintain a strong following. It placed second in the "Top 100 Favorite Games of All Time" poll by Japanese magazine Famitsu during March 2006,[65] while users of the video game website GameFAQs voted Final Fantasy VII as the "Best Game Ever"[66] in November 2005 and in 2004,[67] and placed second in 2009.[68]

Critical response

Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 92%[69]
86.30% (PC)[70]
Metacritic 92 out of 100[71]
Review scores
Publication Score A+[72]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 9.5 out of 10[71]
Famitsu 38 out of 40[73]
GamePro 5 out of 5[74]
GameSpot 9.5 out of 10[3]
8.0 (PC)[75]
IGN 9.5 out of 10[6]
8.2 (PC)[75]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 5 out of 5[76]
PSM 5 out of 5[77]

The game received near universal acclaim from critics. GameSpot commented that "never before have technology, playability, and narrative combined as well as in Final Fantasy VII", expressing particular favor toward the game's graphics, audio, and story.[3] IGN's Jay Boor insisted the game's graphics were "light years beyond anything ever seen on the PlayStation", and regarded its battle system as its strongest point.[6] RPGamer praised the game's soundtrack both in variety and sheer volume, stating that "Uematsu has done his work exceptionally well" and "is perhaps at his best here".[78] In January 2005, it was selected by Electronic Gaming Monthly as sixth on their list of "the 10 most important games ... that helped redefine the industry since ... 1989". Citing its "beautiful cut-scenes and a deep, introspective narrative", they claimed that "Square’s game was ... the first RPG to surpass, instead of copy, movie-like storytelling." In late 2007, Dengeki PlayStation named Final Fantasy VII as the "best story", "best RPG", and "best overall game" in their retrospective awards feature about the original PlayStation.[79] GamePro named it the fourteenth most important and most innovative video game of all-time,[80][81] as well as the best RPG title of all time.[82]

Final Fantasy VII has received negative criticism as well. GameSpy rated it seventh on their "25 Most Overrated Games" list in September 2003.[83] Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) and GameSpot questioned the game's highly linear progression.[3][76] OPM considered the game's translation "a bit muddy" and felt the summon animations were "tedious".[76] RPGamer said "[the game] is far from perfect", citing its translation as "packed with typos and other errors which further obscure what is already a very confusing plot".[84] GamePro also considered the Japanese-to-English translation a significant weakness in the game,[49] and IGN regarded the option to use only three characters at a time as "the game's only shortcoming".


Final Fantasy VII is credited as "the game that sold the PlayStation", as well as allowing console role-playing games to find a place in markets outside Japan, and (as measured in copies sold) remains the most popular title in the series.[85][86][87][88] The game's popularity and open-ended nature also led director Kitase and scenario writer Nojima to establish a plot-related connection between Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X-2. The character Shinra from Final Fantasy X-2 proposes the concept of extracting the life energy from within the planet Spira. Nojima has stated that Shinra and his proposal are a deliberate nod to the Shinra Company, and that he envisioned the events of Final Fantasy X-2 as a prequel to those in Final Fantasy VII.[89] It has also inspired an unofficial version of Final Fantasy VII for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Chinese company Shenzhen Nanjing Technology.[90] This port features the Final Fantasy VII game scaled back to 2D, with some of the side quests removed.[90] In addition to the PlayStation and PC releases, the game was released onto the PlayStation Network in Japan on April 10, 2009, in America on June 2, 2009 and in Europe and Australia on June 4, 2009.

The full motion video sequences and computer graphics presented in Final Fantasy VII would allow Sakaguchi to begin production of the first Final Fantasy film, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.[91] The game also introduced settings dominantly suffused with modern-to-advanced technology into the Final Fantasy series, a theme continued by Final Fantasy VIII and The Spirits Within.[92][93] Re-releases of Square games in Japan with bonus features would occur frequently after the release of Final Fantasy VII International. Later titles that would be re-released as international versions include Final Fantasy X (as "International"),[94] Final Fantasy X-2 (as "International + Last Mission"),[95] Kingdom Hearts (as "Final Mix"),[96] Kingdom Hearts II (as "Final Mix+"),[97] and Final Fantasy XII (as "International Zodiac Job System").[98]

Related media and merchandise

Compilation of Final Fantasy VII is the formal title for a series of games and animated features and short stories based in the world and story of Final Fantasy VII. The series consists of several titles across various platforms, all of which are extensions of the original story.[99] The first title in the Compilation is the mobile game Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, which is a prequel focusing on the Turks six years preceding the original game.[100] The CGI film sequel Final Fantasy VII Advent Children was the first title announced in the series, but it was the second to be released. It is set two years after the conclusion of Final Fantasy VII. Special editions of the film included Last Order: Final Fantasy VII, an original video animation that recounts the destruction of Nibelheim.[101] Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and its mobile phone counterpart, Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode: Final Fantasy VII, are third-person shooters.[102] Dirge of Cerberus is set three years after the events of Final Fantasy VII. The most recent title in the Compilation is the PlayStation Portable game Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, an action role-playing game that revolves around Zack's past.[103] Also included in the compilation is On the Way to a Smile, a collection of seven short stories written by Kazushige Nojima based on the events that immediately followed the end of the game, leading up to Advent Children. Originally only three short stories were released: "Case of Barret", "Case of Tifa" and "Case of Denzel". With the release of Advent Children Complete, "Case of Nanaki", "Case of Yuffie", "Case of ShinRa" and "Case of Lifestream -- White & Black" were added.

Releases not under the Compilation label include, Maiden who Travels the Planet, which follows Aeris' journey in the Lifestream after her death at the hands of Sephiroth, taking place concurrently with the second half of Final Fantasy VII.[104] Final Fantasy VII Snowboarding is a mobile port of the snowboard minigame featured in Final Fantasy VII.[105] It contains different tracks than the original minigame.[106] The game is downloadable on V CAST-compatible mobile phones, and was first made available in 2005 in Japan and North America.[107]

It was speculated that the Final Fantasy VII Compilation would include an enhanced remake of the original Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 3. This speculation was sparked at the 2005 E3 by the release of a tech demo featuring the opening sequence of Final Fantasy VII recreated using PlayStation 3's graphical capabilities,[108] and fueled further by thank-you notes to "the Final Fantasy VII PS3 testing team" in the credits of both Advent Children and Crisis Core; however, it is quite possible the note was aimed at the testers for the PSN release of Final Fantasy VII, or that either game used graphical assets from that demo.[109][110] Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has explained that the presentation was intended only for technological demonstration purposes,[108] and an official statement from the company said that they had not announced such a project.[111] In June 2009 Final Fantasy VII was released on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.[112]

Yoshinori Kitase, producer of Final Fantasy XIII, said at Games Convention "As for a VII remake, all I can advise right now is to play the PSN release that just came out for the time being. Maybe, perhaps we'll have some news for you at a later time. I'm actually working on multiple projects right now, I don't know exactly what new projects I'll be taking on after XIII, but I am working on Final Fantasy Agito XIII as well, so maybe I'll be able to focus a little bit more on that project once XIII is complete."[113] In February 2010, Kitase stated that creating a Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 3 in order to give it a similar quality to the one from Final Fantasy XIII "would take as much as three or four times longer than the three and a half years it has taken to put this Final Fantasy together! So it's looking pretty unrealistic to happen!" Additionally, Kitase commented that making games with the same style of Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 3 is very difficult as it would take the staff too much time to make the graphics; due to this, Final Fantasy XIII is "more linear" than previous titles.[114]


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Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing game developed by Squaresoft in 1997. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc./Europe/America (SCEI/SCEE/SCEA) for the Playstation and by Eidos for the PC.


Cloud Strife

  • It's not my problem.
    • Cloud's tag line
  • Not interested.
  • Anyone may claim that he will act in the direst times, yet a only brave man acts in times great and small.
  • ...Something.
    • When Yuffie asks Cloud to say something after giving him a kiss on the cheek in their date scene
  • A floating city... pretty unsettling scenery.
  • Sephiroth's strength is unreal. He is far stronger in reality than any story you might have heard about him.
  • I wasn't pursuing Sephiroth; I was being summoned by him.
  • Finger? What the hell!
    • When the in-game tutorial places a finger-like cursor above his head
  • This is SOME underwear... I'm supposed to wear this...?
    • After Mukki gives him a pair of bikini briefs as a "memento" of their time together
  • Looks like I'm always going to be facing crises all my life...
  • If this is all a dream, don't wake me up.
  • I ain't INTERESTED in a buncha scrubs like you!!
    • disguised as a woman and attracting unwanted attention from Don Corneo's guards
  • Mouth to Mouth?!
    • uneasy at the thought of giving CPR to a dying girl
  • People tell me that my personality is divided. I don't think so, but maybe it is.
  • Since we're fighting for the life of the Planet, it goes against my beliefs carrying too much Materia.
  • Ahhh... You look like a bear wearing a marshmallow.
    • on Barret wearing a sailor suit
  • Sephiroth has lots of different flunkies. It's nothing to him to throw their lives away.
    • referring to Sephiroth's clones
  • ...Shut up. The cycle of nature and your stupid plan don't mean a thing. Aeris is gone. Aeris will no longer talk, no longer laugh, cry... or get angry... What about us... what are WE supposed to do? What about my pain? My fingers are tingling. My mouth is dry. My eyes are burning!
  • I'm... Cloud. The master of my own illusionary world.
  • I'll make a big enough ruckus for everyone.
    • offering to help Tifa overcome the quiet of an empty airship
  • All right, everyone, let's mosey.
    • Let's mosey. (Shortened Version of Quote)
  • Aeris' memories... Our memories... We came to tell you... our memories... Come Planet! Show us your answer! And Sephiroth!! To the settling of everything!!
  • No one lives in the slums because they want to. It's like this train. It can't go anywhere except where its rails take it.
  • I think I'm beginning to understand. An answer from the Planet, the Promised Land...I think I can meet her...there.
  • A sealed up, secret wish. Tender feelings... no one can ever know.
  • I think about Aeris a lot. No... not that. You haven't remember. You haven't forgotten. That's not it... How would you say it... Aeris was right there all along. Right by our side. She was so close, we couldn't see her. What Aerith did... the words she left behind...
    • referring to himself, about what he's searching for in his heart
  • What did Aeris know?
  • Your lucky color is... blue? ...Forget it.
    • A comment about a useless fortune given by Cait Sith when he asks him to locate Sephiroth

Aerith Gainsborough

  • Don't fight here! You'll ruin the flowers!
  • Mine is special. It's good for absolutely nothing!
    • ironic comment about the White Materia
  • I think they believe I have what it takes to be in SOLDIER!
    • offering an explanation for being constantly pursued by the Turks
  • This guy are sick.
  • He always said that just once, he'd like to dress up like a girl.
    • attempting to convince a tailor to make Cloud a dress
  • Oh you're so cute, Miss Cloud.
    • to Cloud when, dressed as a woman
  • I want to know you. The real you.
  • Let's see how compatible Cloud and I are!
  • Hey, that's Cloud's line! '...It's too dangerous, I can't get you involved...' Blah blah blah.
  • I won't let you do it! The future is not only yours!
  • [last words] I'll be going now. I'll come back when it's all over.

Barret Wallace

  • A promise is a promise.
  • It's cuz of that damn 'pizza' that everyone down here is suffering.
    • referring to Midgar's "stacked plate" layout
  • Who you callin' Mr. Barret? That don't sound right!
  • Stop actin' like a damn kid. Si'down and shu'up!
  • Is it right to go on? They're all gone. Died for the planet. Will they ... will they ever forgive me? ... Right now, I don't really know.
  • Don't forget that your skinny ass's workin' for AVALANCHE now!
  • Shit! The hell you so calm about? You bustin' up my rhythm...
  • But, damn man, that thing gives me the creeps...
    • when about to crawl into a duct that leads to a reactor
  • We'll jump from here!! Follow me, you 'spensive leech!
    • to Cloud after he proves to be a liability
  • Y'all Shinra're the VERMIN, killing the planet! And that makes you King VERMIN! So Shu'up jackass!
    • to President Shinra after he calls AVALANCHE "vermin" (Interesting Note: 'King VERMIN!' is a lizard boss in Final Fantasy X-2)
  • Oh yeah? Well to me it looks like a golden shiny wire of hope.
    • referring optimistically to a suspended wire that could be used to reach Midgar's top plate
  • Don't need no appointment... This is a 'mergency! Anyone who don't wanna get their face bashed in better git outta the way!!
  • Da-Mn.
  • Where's its fucking head? This whole thing's stupid. Let's keep goin'.
    • interrupting the party's horror when they encounter a headless Jenova
  • Haeey!! Baaeby!!
  • You damn Midgar hyena...!
    • To Don Corneo in Wutai
  • Cetra? That some kinda disease?
  • I've been here since the beginning and I still don't know what the hell's goin' on
  • I'm going, going, going, gone! And I'm leavin' the thinkin' to you!
  • I know you got problems... hell, we all do. But you gotta understand that there ain't no gettin' offa this train we're on, till we get to the end of the line.
  • I'll go upside your spikey blonde head and bring you back to normal!
  • (at the base of Gaea's Cliff in the snowy Northern Continent) ...Seein' a place like this, makes you realize how awesome nature is. But, if anyone ever told me to live here, I'd tell them know... I'll tell you one thing though, if I did have to live here I'd change things around 'n' make it better. I guess the total opposite of this would be...... Midgar. When you think of it that way, Shinra don't seem so bad... Uuuuuurrrrrgh!! What the hell am I sayin'!? The Shinra, not bad!?
  • You Spiky Haired Jerk!
  • Don't go thinkin' you so bad jes ‘cuz you was in SOLDIER.

Tifa Lockhart

  • Sephiroth!? Did Sephiroth do this to you?! Sephiroth... SOLDIER... Mako Reactors... Shin-Ra... I hate them all!!
    • Upon discovering her father's body outside the Nibelheim reactor
  • Oh! Cloud! Your hair looks like a Chocobo!
  • Quit slapping me! You old wench!!!
    • to Scarlet before slapping her repeatedly
  • Words aren't the only way to tell someone how you feel.
  • I made it this far, believing in the memories we shared. This isn't happening! It's too cruel!
  • A memory is something that is consciously recalled, right? That's why sometimes, it can be mistaken or wrong. It's different from a memory locked deep within your heart.
  • People have many things pent up inside of themselves. So many things they can never forget. Strange, isn't it?
  • This day will never come again, so let me have this moment.
  • Will you stop acting like a retard and climb?! It's only a few more floors anyway!
    • To Barret, when he complains about having to climb the ShinRa building's 65 floors
  • I've got the wrong person.
    • Infamous engrish saying when she is given a Limit Break item that doesn't belong to her.
  • I wonder what Aeris felt...When she was up on that alter...

Red XIII/Nanaki

  • I'll talk as much as you want later, Miss.
    • to Tifa after she shows surprise when he talks
  • I don't like two-legged things.
  • An informed question. But difficult to answer. I am what you see.
    • when asked what he is
  • It's pretty hard standing on two feet.
    • while impersonating a sailor
  • Humans only look at appearances, anyway. Any way you look at it, I'd say I make a fine human being.
  • Would you kindly hurry? The heat is drying my nose.
  • Shinra only cares if things are good right now. But, I plan to live for 500 years and won't stand for that type of thinking.
  • Midgar... I hated the fact I was caught by Hojo and taken back to the lab where they did all kinds of experiments on me... But because of that I was able to meet you all... People you meet... others you don't... Strange, isn't it?
  • I am Nanaki, son of Seto... I am afraid of nothing... it's all right, all right. I'm Nanaki, the son of brave Seto... I'm not afraid of Sephiroth...
  • I am Nanaki, son of Seto... Warrior and protector of Cosmo Canyon.
  • Grrrrrr....
    • After Cloud kicks a soccer ball into him at Costa Del Sol
  • Is it impossible for us to carry on... what Aeris tried to accomplish?

Cait Sith/Reeve Tuesti

Cait Sith is an animatronic and can be remotely controlled by Shinra Exectutive Reeve Tuesti. As such, some of the dialogue delivered by Cait Sith is actually said by Reeve.

Cait Sith

  • Hey you!! What're you lookin' so down for!? How 'bout it? Want me to read your fortune!? A bright future! A happy future! Oh, but don't hold it against me if it's not a great prediction! Oh, so sorry! I'm a fortune telling machine. The name's Cait Sith.
  • Ordinary luck. It will be an active fortune. Give into the good will of others, and something big'll happen after summer.
  • Be careful of forgetfulness. Your lucky color
  • What you pursue will be yours... but you will lose something dear.
  • W-wait a second. I won't run or hide. Yes, I was a spy. I was hired by the Shinra. I couldn't help it. How 'bout if we continue like nothing ever happened?
    • after Cloud discovers he's a spy
  • I know I have a stuffed animal body, but I'll work really hard!
  • Listen you stupid, slimy, sleazy old scab bag! If you want to get women, there is such a thing as the RIGHT way!
    • Cait Sith to Don Corneo in Wutai
  • Hi, Cloud. This is Cait Sith. I overheard the whole story! Don't forget about me. Everything you said makes perfect sense! You can use my stuffed body for the future of the Planet.
  • This is the final, final farewell!
  • She told me to "Be strong". I feel so happy. Owwww... What happened? I can protect the Planet too! I'm kinda embarrassed... There's plenty of stuffed toys like my body around, but there's only one me! Don't forget me, even if another Cait Sith comes along. Goodbye, then! I guess I'm off to save the Planet...
    • Before going to retreive the Black Materia - which will kill whoever attempts to take it

Reeve Tuesti

  • Something bothers me. I think it's your way of life. You don't get paid. You don't get praised. Yet, you still risk your lives and continue on your journey. Seeing that makes me... it just makes me think about my life.
  • Let's just say I'm against capital punishment. Besides... I hate this broad.
    • explaining why he knocked out Scarlet, who was to oversee a public execution
  • Looks like Kya ha ha and Gya ha ha are up to something again.
    • talking about Scarlet and Heidegger
  • I didn't want to do this... using dirty tricks and taking hostages... But this is how it is... no compromises. So why don't we continue on as we did before?
  • President!! Are we really going to do this? Simply destroy a group with only a few members...

Cid Highwind

  • Shut up! Sit your ass down in that chair and DRINK YOUR GODDAMN TEA!
  • Even the moon'd tire of waitin' around for your ass!
  • It's gonna get so hot in there that there a'int gonna be SHIT left when we blast off!
  • This's gonna be a big splash. Hold on to your drawers, an' don't piss in 'em!!
  • Maybe God'd forgive an ugly shit like you, but I won't!
  • Shit! Shit! Shit! What the hell's with this place!
  • I don't know what the hell it is, but it's falling from the sky. Hmpf! It's not even an omen.
  • It's really something, having a smoke at a place like this.
    • smoking at the the Temple of the Ancients
  • I want you to know that I didn't dislike him. Gotta admit he was a strange dude. Just when you thought he was cool, he'd go and do some damn fool thing. And when you thought he was smart, he'd show how stupid he was. Everything about him from his movements to his speech were kinda odd.
    • recalling Cloud's unusualness
  • Hey, do you know who I am? I'm Cid—that's who the hell I am! Now just let me handle it!
  • I know how tough it is bein' a leader, because I've been one. I always forget who has what materia.
  • I don't give a rat's ass whether it's science or magical power. No, I guess if I had to choose, I'd rather put my money on the power of science. Humans who used to only roam around on the ground are able to fly now! And finally, we're about to go into outer space. Science is a "Power" created and developed by humans. And science just might be what saves this planet. I was able to earn my living thanks to science. So to me, there's nothing greater!
  • I don't want to regret not having done something later.
  • Huh? What the hell're you sayin'? You're still young, and you give up that easily?
  • You start worryin' and there's no stoppin' it! Things just start fallin' apart and get worse and worse.
  • I always thought this planet was so huge. But lookin' at it from space, I realized it's so small. We're just floatin' in the dark. ......kinda makes you feel powerless. On top of that it's got Sephiroth festerin' inside it like a sickness. That's why I say this planet's still a kid. A little kid sick and trembling in the middle of this huge universe. Someone's gotta protect it. Ya follow me? That someone is us.

Vincent Valentine

  • Vincent. My occupation is...forget it.
    • introducing himself to Cloud and company
  • I feel as though I have seen her somewhere before...
    • upon meeting Yuffie Kisaragi
  • Hearing your stories has added upon me yet another sin. More nightmares will come to me now. More than I previously had.
  • Too much hope is the opposite of despair... An overpowering love may consume you in the end.
  • I was frozen in time, but now I feel as if my time is just beginning...
  • I don't care what you are doing, so much as the idiotic way that you are doing it.
  • Escape from a world of illusions... Hmph... I wonder which is better.
  • Wrapped up in the planet's strange notions surrounded by Shinra-made machines... science and the planet lived side by side in that old man's heart.
    • recalling Bugenhagen's love of nature and technology
  • The Ancients... after a long time that is probably what others will come to call us...
  • Defeat Sephiroth... Defeat the son of that beloved woman... Am I on the verge of committing another sin...? Or am I atoning as best I can for only watching...?
  • Our battlefield is now beneath the earth... The gate to tomorrow is not the light of heaven, but the darkness of the depths of the earth...
  • Cold? Hmmm... I guess that's just the way I am, sorry.

Yuffie Kisaragi

  • I know you want my help because I'm so good!
  • Remember, if you piss me off... it'll cost you!!
  • Oh, GAWD! If I knew this was gonna happen, I would've taken rope escape lessons more seriously!!
  • GROSSNESS! Don't mess with me old man! You don't even have any Materia!
    • when Don Corneo holds her captive and picks her to be his "companion for the night"
  • ...boring story number one!
    • upon meeting Vincent Valentine
  • You gotta do it then. You gotta live true to yourself.
  • I know you're all dying' to talk to a babe like me!
  • Cloud, put me in your party, so I can get off this ship.
    • Yuffie suffers from air-sickness
  • Cloud...sign this. It's a contract that says when the war is over, all the materia will belong to me.
  • You spikey-headed jerk! Lets go - One more time!
  • Hey, Boobs! Try that again, just one more time!
    • Yuffie's opening line if you confront and defeat her in the brief period when you control Tifa as the party leader
  • The stars shine so bright, like glowing materia... reach up and grab one.


  • After a long sleep, time has come...
    • To Cloud aboard Shinra's ship
  • What I have shown you is reality. What you remember, that is the illusion.
    • To Cloud after Sephiroth shows him what really happened
  • Out of my way. I'm going to see my mother.
  • (Before Jenova) You should have ruled this planet. You were stronger, smarter. But then they came, those inferior dullards...They came and took this planet away from you. But don't be sad, Mother. I am with you now. (Rips away the casing to reveal Jenova) We meet at last...Mother.
  • ...My sadness? What do I have to be sad about? I am the chosen one. I have been chosen to be the leader of this Planet. I have orders to take this planet back from you stupid people for the Cetra. What am I supposed to be sad about?
  • Only death awaits you all, but do not fear. For it is through death that a new spirit energy is born. Soon, you will live again as a part of me.
  • Melding with the Planet... I will cease to exist as I am now... Only to be reborn as a 'God' to rule over every soul.
  • What are you saying? Are you trying to tell me you have feelings too?
    • To Cloud after Aerith is killed
  • You are just a puppet... You have no heart... and cannot feel any pain... How can there be any meaning in the memory of such a being? What I have shown you is reality. What you remember, that is the illusion.
  • The knowledge and wisdom of the Ancients is held in the materia. Anyone with this knowledge can freely use the powers of the land and the Planet. That knowledge interacts between ourselves and the Planet, calling up magic.
  • How does it feel? It's your first time in your hometown in a long time right? So how does it feel? I wouldn't know because I don't have a hometown.
    • To Cloud when they enter Nibelheim
  • Ha, ha, ha. Think, Cloud? ..."Cloud"? Ha, ha, ha. Oh, excuse me. You never had a name...
    • to Cloud

Shinra, Inc

President Shinra

  • Forgive me for asking, but I can't be expected to remember each person's name. Unless you become another Sephiroth. Yes, Sephiroth... He was brilliant. Perhaps too brilliant...
  • If you'll excuse me, I am a very busy man. However, I have arranged for a playmate for you all. His name is Airbuster. Our Weapons Development department created him. I am sure the data he will extract from your dead bodies will be quite useful.
  • These days, all it takes for your dreams to come true is money and power.
  • Citizens, unite! Come to the light, Mako energy. Power is truth. Shinra is the future. Real happiness can be found in obedience to the company.
    • During a broadcast on T.V.
  • And such a waste of good fireworks, just to get rid of vermin like you...
    • Retort to Barret over dropping the Sector 7 Plate
  • ...You are beginning to bore me. I'm a very busy man, so if you'll excuse me...I have a dinner I must attend to.
  • We'll destroy Sector 7 and report that AVALANCHE did it. Then we'll send in the rescue operation care of Shinra, Inc. ...Heh, heh, heh... This is perfect.

Rufus Shinra

  • What a crew.
    • when every member of Cloud's party unassumingly tells Rufus who he or she is
  • With things looking like this, you better be ready for pay cuts...
    • after Cloud, disguised as a soldier, provides a very bad welcoming ceremony for President Rufus
  • That's right. I'll let you hear my new appointment speech. ...My old man tried to control the world with money. It seems to have been working. The population thought that Shinra would protect them. Work at Shinra, get your pay. If a terrorist attacks, the Shinra army will help you. It looks perfect on the outside. But, I do things differently. I'll control the world with fear. It takes too much to do it like my old man. A little fear will control the minds of the common people. There's no reason to waste money on them.
  • People are ignorant. They'll feel better as long as someone is punished.
    • before sending Tifa and Barret to be executed
  • Whatever I say now is too little, too late. We must evacuate.
  • Things are different than when father was in charge.
  • Is that all you can do...? Give one word answers and apologize for everything? Do something. I'll be expecting results.
    • To Heidegger at Costa del Sol


  • Reeve, you should flush your personal problems in the morning!
  • The 'peace preservation' force will defeat the enemy.
  • GYA HA HA!!!
  • Mayor? He just sits in this building all day feeding his face! You still call that a Mayor? Now if you'll excuse me sir!
  • I'm ashamed of myself.
    • After Rufus tells him he has "messed up big time"
  • The President's sure done it this time! If we can only defeat Sephiroth, the idea that Meteor will also disappear is based on different objectives!
  • Don't be so ludicrous! I don't recall you giving me any orders! The Peace Preservation will give their best effort to make the enemy retreat! Because of them, I... I...!
  • The President is dead! Now I'm doing things my way! Ghaa haah hah hah!


  • With the chaos resulting from the meteor reports, we desperately need to rally public support... it's better that we punish somebody... anybody.
  • KYA HA HA!!!
  • But, even if we make the perfect weapon, could that stupid Heidegger even use it?
  • ...Hmph! This isn't any good either. You only get junky materia from junky reactors. This reactor's a failure. What I'm looking for is big, large, huge materia. You seen any?


  • There are so many frivolous things in this world.
  • Go beyond the powers of science... Before your presence, science is powerless... I hate it, but I'll concede to it. Just... let me see it.
  • I offered the woman with my child to Professor Gast's Jenova project. When Sephiroth was still in her womb, we infused him with Jenova's cells...
  • It should be obvious, I'm getting a tan.
    • Explaining what he is doing in the Costa Del Sol
  • Would you like to be my guinea pig? Oh, now what? Are you going to draw your sword?


  • Rate hike! Rate hike! Tra, la, la! And please include our Space Program in the budget!
    • after hearing Mako rates will be raised 15%; speaking as the head of Shinra's Space Program
  • Don't say 'fat'! Hey-hey! Tea! Can I have some [coffe] too? With lotsa sugar and honey and... oh yeah, don't forget the lard!

The Turks


  • The Ancients will lead us to a land of supreme happiness. Aeris will be able to bring happiness to all those in the slums. That is why Shinra would like Aerith's cooperation...
  • Look... for yourself... Damn... Letting Aerith go was the start... of my... bad luck... The President... was wrong...


  • We may be retreating, but... we're still victorious.
  • A pro isn't someone who sacrifices himself for his job. That's just a fool.
    • when asked, while off duty, to help pursue Cloud
  • Farewell. If we both survive... If we can save our lives...
    • To Cloud if you choose not to fight the Turks
  • Just lookin' at you is makin' me sober.
  • ...It's just that we're off-duty!! Go away. I don't want to talk to you.
  • No one gets in the way of Reno of the Turks...
  • I don't like being taken for a fool.
  • Don't misunderstand. We have no intention of joining you. But for now, we'll agree not to bother each other. That's all.
  • You're finally here. We're gonna split into two. You do whatever you want. But don't endanger Elena. Don't worry. We won't do anything to that girl, Yuffie. For now...
  • Don't step on the flowers.
    • After stepping all over the flowers.
  • Reno: All right, Corneo. This'll be over quick, so listen up. Why do you think we went to all the trouble of teaming up with those guys to get you? 1. Because we were ready to die, 2. Because we were sure of victory, or 3. Because we were clueless.
  • Don Corneo: Two!!! Number Two!!!
  • Reno: All Wrong. (Corneo falls to his death) The correct answer was....
  • Rude: ...because it's our job.


  • Will you press 'up' please?
    • upon cornering Cloud's party in an elevator
  • ...Don't worry, I'll do my job.
  • ...Reno said he wanted to see you after the injuries you gave him healed. He wants to show his affection for you all...with a new weapon.
  • ...because it's our job.


  • I'm the newest member of the Turks, Elena. Thanks to what you did to Reno, we're short of people. ...Although, because of that, I got promoted to the Turks... In any case, our job is to find out where Sephiroth is headed. And to try and stop you every step of the way. Wait a minute, it's the other way around... You're the ones that are getting in our way.
  • Our orders were to seek you out and... ...Kill. Our company may be in turmoil, but an order's an order. That's the will and spirit of the Turks! Believe it!
  • It's so stupid! They always talk about who they like or don't like. But Tseng is different. Ah! Oh no! They're here! They're really here!
  • Reno, do you think that was really such a good idea!? I mean that the way a professional, a Turk would act!?
  • H... hey, I'm one of the 'Turks'! Don't think you can get away with this!?



  • Each town used to have a name, but no one in Midgar remembers them. Instead of names, we refer to them by numbered sectors. That's the kind of place this is.
  • ...Cloud...I'm glad...I could talk with last time.


  • That should keep the planet least a little longer.
  • Say, do you think Cloud's going to fight to the end for AVALANCHE?
  • haven't changed. Oh, forget it.


  • Barret's up him...
  • An' Cloud... Sorry, I wasn't any help.
  • ...Cloud...You name...


  • I hear the cries of the planet. As if to say... "I hurt, I suffer". When it's time for the planet to die, you'll understand that you know absolutely nothing.
  • Cloud says they are trying to save the planet. Honestly, I don't think it can be done. For even if they stop every reactor on the planet, it's only going to postpone the inevitable. Even if they stop Sephiroth, everything will perish. But, Nanaki. I've been thinking lately. I've been thinking if there was anything WE could do, as a part of the planet, something to help a planet already in misery... No matter what happens, isn't it important to try? Am I just wishing against fate?
  • What to do? Have you lost your way? When that happens we each have to take a good long look at our selves. There's always something in the deepest reaches of our hearts. Something buried, or something forgotten. Remember it... Whatever that is, must certainly be what you are all looking for...
  • Look always to the internal flow of time which is far greater than the span of human life.
  • What you see will eventually become part of life's dream.
  • It's all Greek to me!


  • Jenova: Beacause [sic] Cloud...You are a puppet.
    • Jenova's only line of dialogue; the typo is in the script
  • Train Man in Sector 7: When you've been a train man as long as I have, you see a lot of people and a lot of lives. People meeting, parting, joy, sadness... After a while, it doesn't even get to you anymore. I wonder how long it's been... There's an invisible rail between me and the passengers. I could never live their lives. I'm just a train man plain and simple. It's easier that way. That's not to say that the crossing gate of my heart doesn't hurt now and again. Back during the war, I remember there was a lot of painful scenes then. But, that's a story for another day.
  • Scotch: Come over here sexy...we'll take good care of you!
    • speaking for all of Don Corneo's lustful lackeys; attracted to Cloud, who is dressed as a woman
  • Zangan: Hey, it's you! You're still sane, right?
    • looking to Zack for help after having witnessed Sephiroth's violent change in behavior
  • Zack: Oh here. Put on this. It smells a little though; don't complain. (the sound of slapping is heard) You look pretty good with that. Well...
    • after Zack rescues Cloud and himself from Nibelheim (also suggests Cloud got his SOLDIER uniform from Zack)
  • Gold Saucer Battle Arena slogan: The Brave Do Not Fear the Grave.
  • Gold Saucer Battle Arena option: Off course!
    • A misspelling of 'of course'. When the player is asked whether he wants to "Keep goin'?" after a battle, this is one of the options
  • Dyne: I hear her voice.. Eleanor's voice... begging me... not to hate your rotten guts.
  • Dyne: All they give us are artillery and stupid excuses... what's left is a world of despair and emptiness...
  • Godo: Strength without determination means nothing... determination without strength is equally useless...!
  • Godo: Go! Survive till the end! And return! With the Materia!
    • Yuffie's father shares her passion
  • Man in Mideel: ......guess its been about a week now since he washed up here on the shore... Poor pokey-headed young thing...
    • discussing with another villager Cloud's recent appearance
  • Mideel villager: Everything must come to an end. And someday it's gonna be your turn. Even the world's gotta end sometime. Everybody leaves at one time or another. And everyone gets left also. That's just fate... It's sad, but there's nothing that can be done about it.
  • Doctor in Mideel: You can see for yourself what things look like, but at least no one was seriously hurt. We're just very unhappy now.
    • remarking on the city's condition after a massive flood
  • Corel villager: I figure if I stay alive long enough, something good's bound to happen.
  • Junon soldier: I'm learning to be a delinquent soldier!! I just can't seem to get the hang of it!
  • Junon soldier: All the real soldiers were killed fighting Weapon. It may seem ironic that losers like me are still alive. But that's the reality of it.
  • Junon soldier: How 'bout, whoever stays alive, gets to take her out?
    • speaking to a fellow soldier before fighting Cloud's party
  • Woman: They're burning. Someday they'll burn out. The stars are just like our youth.
  • Woman: The sea breeze, sun, and Meteor. Isn't nature strange?
    • tanning in Costa del Sol
  • Costa del Sol woman: I wan' learn how speak beddah. But don' wan' have stars fall down. You think... same?
  • Costa del Sol woman: Ho! Ho! Ho!...... It's the end of the world.
    • looking at Meteor in the sky
  • Tanning woman: I don't care if it's the end of the world, I just want to sit here and drink cocktails. Ooooh...... I think I drank too much.
  • Corel Station attendant: The Gold Saucer reopened. Why don't you go play hard and clear your heads as well as your pockets?
    • suggesting a possible distraction from the planet's impending doom
  • Elder Bugan: Live with the planet, die with the planet. Maybe this is the way it should be. Who knows? I'm full of booze...


Tifa: Did you sleep well Cloud?
Cloud: Next to you, who wouldn't?
[7th Heaven]
Tifa: …… You forgot the promise, too.
Cloud: Promise?
Tifa: So you DID forget. Remember…… Cloud. It was seven years ago…
[Nibelheim Well]
Tifa: Look, the well. Do you remember?
Cloud: Yeah…back then. I thought you would never come, and I was getting a little cold.
[Seven Years Ago]
Tifa: Sorry I’m late. You said you wanted to talk to me about something?
Cloud: Come this spring…I’m leaving this town for Midgar.
Tifa: …All boys are leaving our town.
Cloud: But I’m different from all of them. I’m not just going to find a job. I want to join SOLDIER. I’m going to be the best there is, just like Sephiroth!
Tifa: Sephiroth…The Great Sephiroth. Isn’t it hard to join SOLDIER?
Cloud: …I probably won’t be able to come back to the town for a while.
Cloud: …huh?
Tifa: Will you be in the newspapers if you do well?
Cloud: I’ll try.
Tifa: Hey, why don’t we make a promise? Umm, if you get really famous and I’m ever in a bind……You come save me, all right?
Cloud: What?
Tifa: Whenever I’m in trouble, my hero will come and rescue me. I want to at least experience that once.
Cloud: What?
Tifa: Come on--! Promise me----!
Cloud: All right... I promise.
[Seven Years Later]
Tifa: You remember now, don’t you… our promise?
Cloud: I’m not a hero and I’m not famous. I can’t keep...... the promise.
Tifa: But you got your childhood dream, didn’t you? You joined SOLDIER. So come on! You’ve got to keep your promise...

[Cloud dresses like a woman to infiltrate Don Corneo's mansion]
Aerith: It's still not right. A wig! That's what you need!
Owner: Umm, I thought you might, so I talked to my friend about getting one. You know the gym? You'll find a lot of people there like you. Go and talk to them.
Cloud: ...'like you'? Aerith, what did you tell him?

[Cloud is stuck in a bathtub with many muscular men...]
Mukki: Isn't bathing great...? It soothes your heart. How is it, bubby!? Feels good, huh?
Cloud: .........I don't feel good. Let me out...
Mukki: You'll get used to it. Try counting to ten.
Cloud: Ten...
Mukki: Hey bubby, how old are you?
Cloud: Eight... Twenty one...
Mukki: You're less then half my age. I'm so jealous. So how 'bout it...? Do you wanna join my "Young bubby's" group?
Cloud: ............Seven... Six... Not to be rude or anything, but could you go do someone else?
Mukki: Well, if that's how you feel...too bad. We have a trip planned at a cabin out in the country.
Cloud: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Alright, that's ten. I'm gettin' out.

[Cloud, having dressed the most feminine, is selected to be Don Corneo's "date"]
Corneo: Ahh, we're finally alone... All right, pussycat... Come to daddy!! You're so cute, I never get tired of looking at you. Do me, too?
Cloud: Ummm......
Corneo: You don't like me? There...there isn't someone else, is there?
Cloud: [setting up the interrogation] Yes, his name's Barret...

[the party extracts information from Don Corneo]
Cloud: And if you don't tell us...I'll chop them off.
Aerith: ...I'll rip them off.
Tifa: ...I'll smash them.

[passersby are talking on the street]
First Person: I've had it!
Second Person: Me too.
First Person: You know this is the first time we've ever agreed on something.
Second Person: Yes...
First Person: Well then, shall we.....?
Second Person: Yes...
[they kiss, then fall together in exhaustion]

[while climbing the high staircase in the Shinra building]
Barret: How much farther do these stairs go on?
Tifa: Why don't you ask them?
Barret: It's not one of them endless stairways or somethin', d'ya think?
Tifa: Of course not!!
Barret: Right... couldn't be that....Are we there yet?
Tifa: Not yet.

Yuffie: Thinkin' of running away? Stay and fight! FIGHT, I said! C'mon...... What's the matter? You're pretty scared of me, huh!?
Cloud: [sarcastically] ......petrified.

Tifa: High voltage tower...... I guess this means Cloud'll be all right.
Aerith: Yeah, better leave it to Cloud!
Red XIII: We're counting on you, Cloud!
Cloud: Hey!! Wait a second!

Aerith: Maybe I should get a tan for a change. Which do you like, Cloud?
Cloud: I like fair complexions.
Aerith: Got it. I'll remember that.

[Barret experiences painful memories while at the Gold Saucer]
Aerith: We're gonna play...
Barret: So PLAY! Stop messin' round goddamnit! Don't forget we're after Sephiroth!
[Barret runs away]
Aerith: ...I think he's mad.

Dio: Hey boy.
Cloud: Boy...
Dio: How is it? You having fun? Mmm, so, you ARE having fun. Well, good, good for you boy.
Cloud: My name's Cloud. And stop calling me boy.
Dio: Mmm? Me? I'm the owner of the Gold Saucer. The name's Dio. Just call me 'Dio'.
Cloud: ...... (Not even listening.)

[Vincent tells his story while inside an open coffin]
Vincent: There was no way to cancel the experiment. I couldn't stop her. That was my sin. I let the one I loved, the one I respected most, face the worst.
Barret: That why you started sleepin' in a box? Gimme a break!
[Vincent closes the coffin and proceeds to sleep]

Yuffie: Cloud, say something! PLEASE!!!!!!
Cloud: ...something.
[Out of annoyance, Yuffie smacks Cloud]

[Zack and Cloud hitch a ride to Midgar]
Zack: What're you going to do once we get to Midgar?
Cloud: ...
Zack: I know what I'm gonna do. (thinks) I got a place I can crash for a while... No wait, the mother lives there, too... (scratches his head) Guess that's out...
Cloud: ...
Zack: Yep... gotta change my plans! (walks over near Cloud) Hmmm... No matter what I do, I need some money first... Hey, wanna start a business? But what could we do? Hey, Cloud? Think there's anything I'd be good at? (turns to the driver) Hey old guy! What do you think I'd be good at?
Driver: What're you yappin' about? You're still young, ain't ya? Young folks should try everything! You gotta pay your dues while you're young. Go out and look for what you really want.
Zack: Try everything... That's easy for him to say... (does some exercising) HEY! Of course! I got a lot of brains and skills that other guys don't! That settles it! I'm gonna become a mercenary. Yeah, thanks pops!
Driver: Hey, didn't you even hear a word I said?
Zack: Listen, I'm gonna become a mercenary and that's that. Boring stuff, dangerous stuff, anything for money. I'm gonna be rich. So, Cloud. What are YOU gonna do?
Driver: No, wait... You got it all wrong.
Cloud: U... Uhhh...
Zack: I'm just kidding. You know I wouldn't do that to you. We're friends, Right? Mercenaries, Cloud. That's what you and me are gonna be. Understand, Cloud?

[Aboard the Highwind]
Rufus: So, I finally found you.
Scarlet: Kyaa haa hah. Kyaa haa hah haa hah haa......... hah. This is incredible......
Heidegger: This is the Promised Land the President has been searching for!!
Rufus: But, I'll be the one who gets it. Sorry, old man.
Hojo: Heh heh heh...... That land is no one's. It's where the Reunion will take place...... They will all gather here...... I wonder if we'll see...... Sephiroth?

Reeve Tuesti: [through Cait Sith] I've been itching to ask you this for a long time. When you blew up the Sector 1 reactor, how many do you think died?
Barret: That was for the planet. Ya gotta expect a few casualties.
Reeve Tuesti: What may be a few to you was everything to those who died...

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Final Fantasy VII
Box artwork for Final Fantasy VII.
Developer(s) Square
Publisher(s) Square
Japanese title ファイナルファンタジーVII (Fainaru Fantajī Sebun)
Designer(s) Hironobu Sakaguchi
Release date(s)
PlayStation Network
Genre(s) RPG
System(s) PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network
Mode(s) Single player
ESRB: Teen
PEGI: Ages 12+
USK: Ages 12+
Preceded by Final Fantasy VI
Followed by Final Fantasy VIII
Series Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy VII was a seminal release in Square Enix's Final Fantasy series, widely regarded as one of the most successful gaming franchises in history. Released in 1997, FFVII was a gamble for the company. Prior to VII all the Final Fantasy games had been on Nintendo consoles but VII was released for the Sony PlayStation. FFVII took the series in a new direction, which it has pursued ever since. This landmark release paid off, as it is thought by some to be the most popular and well-liked game in the Final Fantasy series, possibly the best Japanese RPG ever made or even the best game ever made.

Final Fantasy VII was released under the same name in Japan, the US and Europe — correcting numbering inconsistencies between the regions. With each new release, Squaresoft (now Square Enix) added new features. The latest release in Europe (PAL) contained bonus material not seen before, namely the two Weapons, Ruby and Emerald.

Table of Contents

Getting Started
The party
Story synopsis and timeline
Basic Play
Disc 1
  1. Assault on Mako Reactor no. 1
  2. Sector 7 Slums and Assault on Mako Reactor no. 5
  3. Meeting Aeris, Wall Market, Don Corneo
  4. Sewers, the Train Graveyard, and the fall of Sector 7
  5. Back to Aeris' House and the Road to Shinra HQ
  6. Infiltrating Shinra HQ
  7. Five years ago, and a Parade for Rufus
  8. In Shinra Uniform
  9. Costa del Sol, Corel, and the first visit to Gold Saucer
  10. Desert Prison, Chocobo race, and a visit to Gongaga
  11. Cosmo Canyon and Red XIII's family matters
  12. Nibelheim, Rocket Town and Tiny Bronco
  13. Gold Saucer Dream Date
  14. Temple of the Ancients
  15. Sleeping Forest and the Forgotten Capital
Disc 2
  1. Into the cold
  2. A tricky situation in Junon base
  3. A journey through cloudless skies
  4. Huge Materia below and above
  5. Weapon Raid at Midgar and Requiem for Shinra
Disc 3
  1. Descent into the Northern Crater
  2. Finale

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Final Fantasy VII

Developer(s) Squaresoft
Publisher(s) Squaresoft
Designer(s) Hironobu Sakaguchi
Engine PowerAnimator, SoftImage XSI, Onyx Reality Engine
Release date August 31, 1997 (NA)

November 14, 1997 (EU) January 31, 1997 (JP)

Genre Console RPG
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: T
Platform(s) PlayStation, PC, PlayStation Network
Media 3 CD-Rom
Input Keyboard/Mouse/Joystick or Controller
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Final Fantasy VII was the first game in the Final Fantasy series since the SNES generation. It was also the first 3D Final Fantasy, and probably their most successful Final Fantasy game ever. The effect of it's success is enormous. It helped make Square Co. (Today Square Enix) one the biggest RPG developer in North America. It increased the popularity of RPGs among casual gamers. It's enormous fan following is still active today. All other games related to Final Fantasy VII are part of its series of prequels and sequels, dubbed Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Square-Enix made 2 CG movies years later that continued the story, called Last Order: Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.




This world, called Gaia, is divided into three large masses, one of them controlled by a de facto world government called the Shinra Electric Power Company. This organization discovered a way to create energy from using the Lifestream, a natural force encircling the planet. They begin draining the planet of Mako, the term for energy retrieved from the Lifestream. This Mako energy can be used not only for electricity, but also in the making of Materia, an orb that contains magical power.

To retain their control over the world, Shinra created a powerful army of supersoldiers, with the assistance of Materia and technology, called SOLDIER. This powerful force brought an end to conflict in the world, and helped established Shinra into a government.

Shinra began to face conflict from those who believed that Shinra was draining the world of the Lifestream, the power that keeps the world alive, and that eventually the planet would die. These ideas brought forth means to stop Shinra at all costs, especially at stopping the operations of the Mako reactors in Midgar, the central city of Shinra. Using violent means, several people created an eco-terrorist organization known as AVALANCHE, to stop the planet from eventual destruction. This group was silenced by an Espionage and Assassination branch of Shinra, known widely as the Turks. The player starts by joining the second coming of AVALANCHE, led by Barret Wallace, and helping the group in stopping Shinra's dark objectives.

The game also introduces the antagonist, Sephiroth, probably the greatest SOLDIER ever, attempting to infiltrate Shinra and destroy the planet, giving him all the energy of the Lifestream and making him a god. Sephiroth requires the Black Materia to cast Meteor, the spell to fatally injure the planet, countering the White Materia, casting Holy, to heal the planet. The plot builds up with introductions of Jenova, powerful monsters called WEAPONS, and a deeper, darker plot to release hell into the planet.


Final Fantasy VII consists of three types of gameplay: Overworld, Town and Dungeon Battle Map, and Combat. Initially, the player is restricted to travel within a single city, but as the game continues, more areas become accessible, and the scripted adventure sequences gradually yield more freedom to explore. Progression through the game's storyline is largely developed by way of scripted sequences, which cannot be skipped, and require frequent player interaction to proceed. At other times, pre-rendered cinematic cut scenes advance the story.

  • Overworld - A 3D environment, scaled down from the entire world, is displayed. The player can maneuver about the environment to travel about to various locations.
  • Town/Dungeon Battle Map - On these field maps, the game's 3D playable characters are directed across realistically scaled environments, consisting of 2D pre-rendered backgrounds that represent locations such as towns or forests. Players can then encounter enemies to fight in a Combat sequence.
  • The battle screen is a 3D representation of an area such as a building interior or grassland, in which the player commands the game's characters in battles against CPU-controlled enemies through a menu-driven interface. While characters are minimized on maps, in combat their renderings are more realistic and normal-scaled.


Throughout the game, the player can find colored orbs known as materia. By placing these in the slots of a character's weapons and accessories, the skills will be made available to them. Skills are not gained instantly, since a certain amount of experience or gameplay is needed before being able to use them. As a party fights battles, the materia they have equipped will gain AP and level, making more skills available, or increasing the effectiveness of the materia equipped.

Compilation of Final Fantasy VII

  • Games
    • Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII
    • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
    • Final Fantasy VII Snowboarding
    • Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII
    • Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode: Final Fantasy VII
  • Films
    • Last Order: Final Fantasy VII
    • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Short Novels

Screen Shots

External Links

  • Official Final Fantasy VII website, North America
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Final Fantasy 7
Final Fantasy VII | Before Crisis | Crisis Core | Snowboarding
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII | Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode
Characters & Locations
Cloud Strife | Barret Wallace | Tifa Lockhart | Aerith Gainsborough | Red XIII | Cait Sith | Cid Highwind | Vincent Valentine | Sephiroth | Zack Fair | Rufus Shinra | Jenova
Turks - Shinra Electric Power Company - Characters
Gaia (Final Fantasy VII)
Literature, Music, and Films
Last Order - Advent Children
Maiden who Travels the Planet - On the Way to a Smile
Final Fantasy series

Final Fantasy series
Final Fantasy Tactics | Final Fantasy Tactics Advance | Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
Crystal Chronicles
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles | Ring of Fates | My Life as a King | Echoes of Time | My Life as a Darklord | The Crystal Bearers
Collections, Compilations and Updates
Final Fantasy Compilations - Final Fantasy Updates
Sequels and Spin Offs
Final Fantasy X-2 | Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII | Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII | Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII | Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings | Dissidia: Final Fantasy | Final Fantasy IV: The After Years | Final Fantasy Versus XIII | Final Fantasy Agito XIII
Related Games/Series
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest |

SaGa series (a.k.a. Final Fantasy Legend) | Seiken Densetsu series (a.k.a. Final Fantasy Adventure)

Movies and Animation
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children | Final Fantasy: Legends of the Crystals

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within | Final Fantasy: Unlimited

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Final Fantasy VII
Developer(s) Square Co., Ltd.

Publisher(s)JPN Square Co., Ltd. (PS1)
NA SCE America (PS1)
INT Square Co., Ltd. (PS1)
PAL SCE Europe (PS1)
Eidos Interactive (WIN)
Designer(s)Hironobu Sakaguchi (game producer, original scenario concept)
Yoshinori Kitase (game director, scenario writer)
Tetsuya Nomura (character designer, original scenario concept)
Kazushige Nojima (scenario writer)
Yoshitaka Amano (image illustrator, title logo designer)
Nobuo Uematsu (composer)
Release date(s) JPN January 31, 1997 (PS1)
NA September 7, 1997 (PS1)
INT October 2, 1997 (PS1)
EU November 17, 1997 (PS1)
AUS November, 1997 (PS1)
NA June 24, 1998 (WIN)
EU 1998 (WIN)
AUS 1998 (WIN)
Genre(s) role-playing game
Mode(s) Single player

Rating(s)ESRB: T (Teen) (13+)
USK: 12+
ELSPA: 11+
PEGI: 12+
Platform(s) Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Windows

Media3 CD-ROMs (PS1)
System requirements133 MHz Intel Pentium CPU, 32 MB RAM, 2 MB video card RAM, 4X CD-ROM drive, DirectX 5.0, 260 MB available hard disk space, Windows 95 or Windows 98 (WIN)
InputKeyboard, mouse, or joystick (WIN)
PlayStation controller (PS1)

Final Fantasy VII is a fantasy role-playing video game for the Playstation. It was released in 1997 by Square Co., Ltd. (now Square Enix).


The main characters you can play as in Final Fantasy VII are Cloud Strife, Aeris Gainsborough, Barret Wallace, Tifa Lockhart, Red XIII/Nanaki, Cait Sith, Cid Highwind, and two secret characters: Vincent Valentine and Yuffie Kisaragi. Sephiroth joins the party in a series of flashbacks, but he cannot be controlled or equipped. However, his status, inventory and equipment, can be checked during Cloud's flashback.

Important characters in Shin-Ra are Reeve (Head of Urban Development), Hojo (Head of the Science Department), Palmer (Head of Space Exploration), Heidegger (Head of the Peace Preservation Department), Scarlet (Head of Weapons Research and Development), President Shinra, his son Rufus, and members of a secret police organization called the Turks (Elena, Rude, Reno, and Tseng).

In the original English language release of Final Fantasy VII, Aerith's name was spelled wrong after being translated, as 'Aeris'. Games that came after that had Aeris as a character, like Kingdom Hearts, spelled it right. Although the spelling 'Aeris' is what some people would call wrong, the pronunciation is right, as the letters 'th' in Japanese are pronounced like an English 's'.


The soundtrack for the game was made by Nobuo Uematsu. Music from the game has been released on an original four-disc soundtrack, a single disc album of some arranged tracks titled Final Fantasy VII Reunion Tracks, and piano-only arrangement of some tracks. Popular pieces from the them include Aerith's Theme, a quiet and melodic character theme, and One-Winged Angel, the first composition for the Final Fantasy series to have recorded voices. The game's main theme, heard on the world map in Disc 1, is over 6 minutes long. Several tracks from the game have come back in Square (and Square Enix) productions that came after Final Fantasy VII, including Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

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