You lucky Final Fantasy VII fans, you! Within two days of each other, Final Fantasy VII has been released on Steam for $12 and a Cloud costume has been set as a pre-order bonus for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
I’d love to be able to join you in your joy of this long-awaited port and awesome bonus content, but alas, I am afraid that I have never played Final Fantasy VII. I’ve never played even a minute of it and, if I’m to be honest, am pretty sure that I never will – and here’s why.
Having grown up in the era of the PlayStation 1 and 2, Final Fantasy VII should have appealed to me. I loved Squaresoft games like Parasite Eve and even Final Fantasy VIII (the only Final Fantasy game I’ve ever played) and various other RPGs but knew very little about the Final Fantasy franchise at the time. My first experience of Final Fantasy VII came when I started dating a girl for three years when I was eleven (an absurdly lengthy relationship for the age we were, eh?)
I’ve always been moderately self-conscious and get easily paranoid and jealous, so her all-consuming love of Cloud Strife from the game stupidly made me resent him a little – mixed with disliking him due to the game’s popularity for some reason, it led me to create the terribly cringe-worthy video below dedicated to my hatred of him in my pre-teens.
Unfortunately, by the time I both grew out of this immature phase and broke up with her, Final Fantasy VII was already quite dated and what with my only experience of the franchise being Final Fantasy VIII, I never bothered picking it up.
So, why don’t I give it a go now that it’s released on Steam, I hear you ask? Well, honestly I just don’t feel the need to. It’s not that the game appears awful to me – it must be on numerous ‘best games ever’ lists for good reason – but I simply don’t feel that I’d enjoy it nowadays. The blocky hands bug me, the experience has been ruined for me by a combination of the hype for the game and knowing exactly how the story pans out, and I’m just too used to Final Fantasy VIII’s mechanics to not feel annoyed by that of its predecessor’s.
Watching trailers and gameplay, I get an epic sense from the game, but with a game being this hyped up by your peers for over a decade you’d not be able to help feeling disappointed by it. It’s a pity, as I’m sure that if at a young age I hadn’t been so stubborn to try it out I would’ve loved it and could understand what it is that all of you fans get out of the game. But afraid that I was that stubborn and I don’t get what it is that you all love about this game.