Now that Square Enix is planning to release the first part of Final Fantasy 7 Remake I thought it was time to revisit the old memories I had about the old version of the game.
I first played Final Fantasy 7 in 2010 on my PC. Square Enix may not like it but I got a version of FF7 that worked on Windows without the need of any emulator and ahem…I downloaded it from a particular site…*cough*. I do not own it anymore…or do I?
Anyway, when I first got it I was really reluctant to play it. I jumped in the game and saw that the graphics were kind of old and blocky and you did not have enough freedom of movement. Basically your camera was fixed at a point in space and you just had to maneuver Cloud around the areas using the keyboard. And then when the fight started it was a turn based fight! That was the first time I had seen a turn based fight. Yes, I hadn’t even played Pokemon until then. It kind of put me off and I just exited the game and put it aside. I was expecting a gameplay more like Prince of Persia but it was so different and new to me that it did not spark my interest initially.
Then after a few months (almost a year I believe) I again fired it up just because I did not have anything else to play. Yes, back then internet was slow and you just got 1 GB data per month and you had to pick your games wisely even if you…*cough*…got them from a particular site…ahem. Therefore I had just a few titles on my PC. So, when I fired up FF7 after a long time I had no choice but to play it and to my surprise I started to really enjoy the game. And now, the game was really good. The graphics may have been outdated for 2010 but the gameplay was amazing. The story (Tifa and Cloud’s backstory, Aeris’ story) was so heart rending for my single as fuck prepubescent self back then that I got extremely attached to the characters.
If you have played the game I think you can imagine what it would have been like for me when the Ancient Temple episode happened with Aeris and Sephiroth. Oh my…I still am not able to get over it.
After the Ancient Temple episode (I want to keep this article spoiler free so I will not be telling exactly what happened) the game became too grindy and difficult for me. But I really wanted to experience the story. So…I did the unthinkable. I used cheat codes in order to advance through the game because then, I really HAD to know the story and I couldn’t afford to spend hours and hours of time grinding and leveling up as I had school and studies too.
I reached the end of the game with ease and it was…kind of satisfying but the pain in my heart was too great (if you know what I mean). Yes, we saved the Earth but we lost…so…much…more that it…may not have been worth it anyway. T_T
This is becoming such a long article, I guess I should stop it here. I think if you have played the game you can relate to my experience somewhat. 🙂 Thank you for reading. I will see you next time with something new.