Classic Gaming-Final Fantasy VII: (1997)

As we all know Final Fantasy VII is quite possibly one of the best RPG video games that was released during the 90s.  Final Fantasy VII was released for the original PlayStation game console in 1997.  Prior to its release Final Fantasy VII was originally planned to be a 2D game and at one point the designers had thought about releasing the game for the Nintendo 64 game console.  However, the designers not only wanted the game to be 3D but they had also wanted to put as much detail into Final Fantasy VII as possible.  The designers had concluded that the game did not have the required capacity to run on the Nintendo 64 game console and decided to move forward with releasing it for PlayStation which ultimately paid off in the long run.  Final Fantasy VII is considered to be an iconic RPG game that was highly praised by both critics and fans alike.  The game focuses on the main character known as Cloud Strife who worked as a mercenary after serving as a member of Shinra’s Solder unit.  After making the decision to become a mercenary Cloud aligns himself with a group known as AVALANCHE.   Throughout the game Cloud meets numerous other important characters including Aerith, Barret, and Tifa who assists him on his main mission. Cloud’s mission  is to stop the main antagonist Sephiroth who seeks world domination.

This game is jammed packed with hours of fun, excitement and adventure as players progresses throughout the story.  Final Fantasy VII also contained a more realistic vibe in comparison to its predecessors.  Not only did Final Fantasy VII include the industrial themed setting for the game but some would argue that the main character Cloud diverts from the style of a traditional heroes who are usually featured as the main protagonists in RPG gaming.  Cloud being a mercenary as opposed to a traditional hero is one of the many elements that makes Final Fantasy VII exciting along with the good graphics and great storytelling.   Prior to its initial release many fans might have anticipated the release to occur on a different game console such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  However, around the mid to late 90’s 2D gaming was beginning to make a huge transition into 3D gaming.  We all know that a majority of the Final Fantasy games released for the SNES were fantastic and always kept gamers on the edge of their seats.  But the seventh installment on the PlayStation was special because it was the first game in the series to feature 3D graphics and as kids we thought it was the best thing in the world .

Also, the composer Nobuo Uematsu  had created great soundtrack for Final Fantasy VII just like he did for many of the other games within this series.  Some many argue the soundtrack he created for Final Fantasy VII was better in some ways since he was able to utilize the PlayStation sound chip as opposed to working with the Super Nintendo.  After its initial release Final Fantasy VII had won numerous awards from many different gaming publications. Final Fantasy VII had received five star ratings from gaming publications such as: AllGame, Computer & Video Games, Gamepro, and U.S. PlayStation Magazine.  Final Fantasy VII was considered to be one of the best RPG games to be  released during the 1990’s and also one of the best titles to be released for the original PlayStation system.  With the remake out Final Fantasy VII coming out soon nostalgic gamers will have the chance to experience the adventure with highly refined gameplay and graphics.  While there may be many Final Fantasy games that many people love it would be safe to say that Final Fantasy VII holds a special place in the hearts of gamers.

Classic Gaming- Final Fantasy V: (1992)

Final Fantasy V is one of the many classic RPG games in the series that many players considered to be just as enjoyable as some of its predecessor.  The fifth installment of Final Fantasy was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in late 1992.  This game was enjoyable for many players because it provided a great storytelling along with an enjoyable soundtrack.  As many fans of the series know the game was directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi and composed by Nobro Uematsu who have worked on numerous titles related to this game.  While Final Fantasy V may not be considered the very best game in the series many people  great deal of fun with this title.  In the game the main protagonist Bartz Klauser along with his allies Lanna Tycoon, Galuf Doe, and Faris Scherwiz all journey together to defeat an ancient sorcerer known as Exdeath.  Bartz and his friends make it their mission to defeat Exdeath after learning about the fate of the Wind Crystal that broken into pieces.   Afterwards Bartz discovers that Exdeath has parts of the crystal sealed inside of him.

Throughout the game Bartz and his friends go through a long and exciting journey involving that ultimately brings them into a showdown with Neo-Exdeath. The heroes  ultimately defeat Neo-Exdeath and restore everything including the shattered crystal to normal.  This game similar to many other Final Fantasy titles was fun but also challenging in some areas.  The boss battles were especially challenging during the first time one played the game.  We all know that in many games the final boss is usually the most difficult but there are also exceptions where some bosses are more troublesome then the last.  Some people who have played Final Fantasy V will probably argue that bosses such as:  Shrinyou and Omega were more difficult than Neo-Exdeath.  There are also some individuals who might argue that the bosses were not difficult at all, but this generally varies on who you ask.

Final Fantasy V was another wonderful game developed by Square in 1992 that would probably pale in comparison to games including its successors Final Fantasy VI & Final Fantasy VII.  This game was well received from critics and gamers alike.  It has been named the “15th All Time Best Game” by Famitsu and has won the awards for the “Best Import Game” and “Best Music for an Import Game” by GameFan Golden Megawards.  This is another RPG classic has made some dramatic improvements in comparison to its predecessor Final Fantasy IV.   While Final Fantasy V was considered to be a great game by many people the series would only get better as time passed.  Gaming Hearts Collection along with many other gaming publications feel that just because Final Fantasy V is not the very best game in the series it does not mean it should be overlooked.

Final Fantasy VII: PS4 Remake

There is no secret that Final Fantasy VII is considered to be one of the most popular games in the series.  It great to know that Final Fantasy VII is going to be re-released for the PlayStation 4 counsel;  the remake of the game was announced by Square Enix back in June 2015 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.  While there is still no official date regarding the actual re-release there are highly levels of anticipation among Final Fantasy fans for its availability on the PlayStation 4.   When the first version of Final Fantasy VII was released for the original PlayStation console back in 1997 the game exceeded the expectations of many Final Fantasy fans during the late 90s.  After its initial release  Final Fantasy VII was highly praised by numerous gaming publications such as: GameInformer, GamePro, GameSpot, IGN and many more.

The game was considered to be a huge success for many reasons including development, gameplay, graphics, musical composition, and great storytelling.  During its release the seventh game in the Final Fantasy series was had become the first to feature 3D gameplay and graphics.  While Final Fantasy VII was awesome for the original PlayStation sometimes people wonder how successful the game would had been if it was released on an earlier counsel such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  Would Final Fantasy VII of received a similar reception if it was released for the SNES?  We all know that its predecessor Final Fantasy VI for the Super Nintendo was highly praised following its release in 1994.  The game overall is considered to be an instant classic that has Final Fantasy fans anxious for the release of the remake next year.