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  • Summary: Mako. The discovery of this natural resource drawn directly from the planet's life force marked the dawn of a new era, and now the energy sustains the lives of people across the world. However, the Shinra Company has monopolized mako production, and in doing so established a powerfulMako. The discovery of this natural resource drawn directly from the planet's life force marked the dawn of a new era, and now the energy sustains the lives of people across the world. However, the Shinra Company has monopolized mako production, and in doing so established a powerful hegemony--its influence reaching the far corners of the globe.

    Cloud, a former member of Shinra's military organization, SOLDIER, joins the anti-Shinra resistance group AVALANCHE, despite caring little for their motives. During one of the group's attempts to stop the company, they learn of the return of Sephiroth, Cloud's nemesis, and that with his reemergence, the planet is in greater danger than anyone had expected.

    With the fate of the world riding on their success, Cloud and his allies set out to quell this deadly threat.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Apr 16, 2019
    100
    For my money, it’s nice to have a smoother looking game after twenty years, because part of the reason I’ve hesitated to return is that I didn’t want to sully the memory of one of my favs. I shouldn’t have worried, though, the instant that music started up I had goosebumps, and despite some language that, in 2019, it’s surprising was left in, this is still one of the greatest games ever made, only now it has even more respect for your time.
  2. 90
    The rough edges may be more prominent these days, but Final Fantasy VII is still one of the greatest JRPGs ever, with unsurpassed character design, world building, party customization, and music.
  3. May 28, 2019
    90
    Whether it’s Nobuo Uematsu’s incomparable soundtrack or the game’s characterful cast, Final Fantasy VII will forever be remembered as a genre-defining classic. Now on Nintendo Switch, it’s the perfect chance for newcomers to uncover the truth about Cloud’s lost past for the first time, and, for those that have beaten it before, to relive the adventure both at home and on the move.
  4. Apr 8, 2019
    83
    This is a very worthy version of Final Fantasy VII as it originally appeared and still worth playing today. If the few bugs are patched out it’s an even better deal. Whether you want to play it on the Switch with its unique hardware abilities or pay less on a different platform is up to you but I’m glad we even have these options. So it’s a good recommendation and we even got through the review without making a pun about the AVALANCHE of Final Fantasy releases now moving over to the Switch.
  5. Apr 15, 2019
    80
    One of the defining games of the 90s is ported to the Switch with a few bells and whistles. Essential playing for newcomers and veterans.
  6. Apr 1, 2019
    80
    Final Fantasy VII is a legendary RPG who really deserves your attention if you never played it before. It feels clunky at times and the Switch porting has some issues which should have been fixed by now.
  7. Apr 15, 2019
    60
    Playing through Final Fantasy VII, it’s easy to see why it was the game in the series selected to be remade. There are some fundamental issues in its overall story and it certainly hasn’t stood the test of time as well as many other titles have, but it still provides a strong base with its engaging cast and it’s easy to see how its steampunk designs would look much better with today’s technology. Final Fantasy VII is worth checking out and offers plenty of entertaining moments, but it’s going to be appreciated by those looking at it with rose-tinted nostalgia far more than anyone picking it up for the first time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Apr 3, 2019
    10
    this game is still great, and having it ported to the switch in the upgraded version is awesome. the 3x speed helps get through thingsthis game is still great, and having it ported to the switch in the upgraded version is awesome. the 3x speed helps get through things quicker, and being able to play it anywhere is great. Expand
  2. Jun 28, 2020
    10
    Jamás tuve la oportunidad de jugarlo en su tiempo, y me arrepiento bastante de no haberlo hecho. A la fecha puedo decir que este juego es unaJamás tuve la oportunidad de jugarlo en su tiempo, y me arrepiento bastante de no haberlo hecho. A la fecha puedo decir que este juego es una obra maestra en todos los sentidos y que a pesar del tiempo no ha envejecido tanto. Es de admirar las cinemáticas que este juego podía ofrecer en 1997. La historia es asombrosa, mientras más avanzas mejor se pone. La música es extraordinaria. Simplemente un juego que ningún gamer debería dejar pasar. Expand
  3. Apr 20, 2019
    10
    It's my favorite game of all time, something I first played when I was 9 :).

    I picked it up almost out of obligation but then my best
    It's my favorite game of all time, something I first played when I was 9 :).

    I picked it up almost out of obligation but then my best friend moved to another country and I decided to play it to cheer myself up. The characters, the combat and story still blow me away today even though i've beaten it so many times i've lost count. Somehow it helped cheer me up when things feel kind of crappy :).

    I'd recommend it to first timers and anyone looking to revisit this classic :).
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  4. May 28, 2020
    8
    Its a simple port with features that turns the game a movie without difficulty, maked for patience-less people...cool if you pay cheap
  5. Mar 26, 2019
    8
    I have been on the edge of my seat in anticipation since I heard the news of the Switch getting a release of Final Fantasy Vii. I downloadedI have been on the edge of my seat in anticipation since I heard the news of the Switch getting a release of Final Fantasy Vii. I downloaded it as soon as it was released. The waves of nostalgia have been flooding my brain with every cut scene. Though this game is 22 years old I feel it still holds up as one of the best story arches I have played.
    Why not a 10/10? One reason, they made it to easy to "Cheat" I use that term loosely, but it there is a feature that will replenish your Limit Break and Health with every battle. Though this has come in handy in random encounters to boost ones experience, it is hard NOT to use in larger battles. This might not be a problem for some but like that last piece of of chocolate when on a diet, it is very hard to resist the temptation.
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  6. Jun 29, 2022
    8
    Contains some minute spoilers

    Since it's initial release in the 90s, Final Fantasy 7 has been revered as this "amazing game that you have
    Contains some minute spoilers

    Since it's initial release in the 90s, Final Fantasy 7 has been revered as this "amazing game that you have to play". And for the most part, that does hold true.

    The overall plot, and executions were great. Great tension building when revealing the villain. The combat had nice progression, alongside some fun weapons and magic. The map and scenery was beautiful. The music helped give a great atmosphere to the locations, and are just some great songs in general. The character designs were also great, and the characters were enjoyable.

    The combat was really slow due to animations. Area themes would be interrupted by the battle theme in some areas. The graphics were quite ugly, and did not age well. Most areas felt incredibly time consuming and annoying to complete. The random encounter rate felt like you’d be getting a random encounter every 10 seconds. The characters felt really flat as well. The ending was also quite lackluster.

    Overall, I really did enjoy the game, I really did. The graphics are ugly, the characters didn't hit me like I thought they would, the animations in the combat were incredibly annoying, the random encounters and some areas were an absolute pain in the ass, and the ending was incredibly disappointing. But... I did still like the game though, really. Great story, great music, great locations, great and memorable character designs, nice magic system, and great overall feel and theme of the game. If you do want to get into the JRPG genre, and want to experience a great story and music as well, or if you're just interested in playing it because of Final Fantasy Remake, do play it because it is still a great game. However, do be warned as it's definitely not the phenomenal JRPG you've been told it is.

    Overall Score: 8/10, didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to because the characters didn't hit me all that hard. Emotional scenes also didn't hit me that hard as well.

    As an extra side note, I really wanted to give a more in-depth review but I sadly couldn't because I'd be getting a 404 because of **** **** engine but it's fine. :///////

    Port review portion:

    Positives:
    + God mode
    + x3 time to skip tedious cutscenes and annoying deaths
    + Hardly encountered any bugs
    + Translation wasn't too bad

    Negatives:
    - Graphics changes looked odd
    - Some bugs with the CG would pop up from time to time
    - Resolution was quite odd
    - I would get massive frame drops, seemingly dropping from around 60 FPS to a good 15-30 FPS at certain areas

    Overall, a pretty competent port with nothing being too game breaking, alongside some nice boosts. The switch frame rate at some areas was also quite annoying, but wasn't too big of a deal to complain about.
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  7. Apr 1, 2019
    0
    One of the best game of all time. One of the worst and laziest port of all time at full price. Square-Enix is giving you the finger as always.One of the best game of all time. One of the worst and laziest port of all time at full price. Square-Enix is giving you the finger as always. Greed level Max. Expand

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