After being a gamer for many years, I will admit, I have played and liked many a Final Fantasy game. I will admit also that I have Final Fantasy VII, but I have never played it all the way through. For some reason, the story just didn’t speak to me when I originally played it. I think part of what tainted my favor was the fact that I was hearing from everyone who had played the game that it was the best. Is this in fact true? It certainly is a lucrative franchise, inspiring other games and a film.
So I watched the film, “Advent Children”, and I must say that it has caught my interest again. It seems that Cloud Strife is full of self loathing for some reason, and I don’t know why. Is it because he merely fooled himself into thinking he was an Ex-SOLDIER? Is it because he could not stop the murder of a friend, Aerith, by Sephiroth? The fact is I don’t know, but I must say now that I am very curious. I guess I am in need of answers, and playing the game will give them to me.
So this Christmas break I have decided that I am going back to the game and I will try not to judge it by the same standards as Final Fantasy VIII or X, both games that I loved. What I guess I need is a new story to discover. If there is one thing that I know, it is that a good RPG requires a good story, and Square-Enix (formerly Square-Soft) consistently gives it’s players good stories.
I actually like going back to games I have already played. I have done it several times with Suikoden, one of the best RPG series ever made (by Konami). Going back and playing Final Fantasy VII will give me a new perspective about the game and its world. I look forward to going back to it and seeing the evil Sephiroth and the brooding Cloud once more.