I apologize for this, but I don’t know where else to talk about this…so, here goes.
Recently…four days ago, I completed Final Fantasy VII the Remake. I mean, I got the platinum trophy for the game (if you own a Playstation you know what that means).
Anybut, that’s not the main focus of this post. It’s a segue into the main focus.
I’ve forgotten how much the story of Final Fantasy VII (the original 1997 release) influenced me as a writer. It was the first video game I played that had such a deep story that actually got me not only invested in the characters, but ripped my heart out with its twists and turns.
TRUE!! You could argue it got a little bogged down going through every character’s back story….BUT!! A number of those characters were technically optional so you didn’t have to follow through on their stories….BUT WHY WOULDN’T YOU?!
The characters above all else were the most important part of the game! And you had NINE to choose from! And they were all fleshed out in such a skilled way, you fell in love with all of them!
AND THE STORY!!
Now to be fair, when I first played the game I didn’t really know what was going on…but playing through it again…and again…and again, I LOVE the story. It’s one of my favorites of all time!
And with the Remake, I feel like I’m reliving it with additional bonuses since they can now flesh out even more characters to make bigger impacts (even if they did choose to change some of the events slightly)!
I’ve played many of the other Final Fantasy games, but VII will always be the one that truly showed me that characters are just as, if not more, important than the story. IX gave me similar vibes, but something about VII just resonated more with me.
Enough of this talk…for now…just needed to get this off my chest.
ALSO!!! I haven’t even talked about the MUSIC!! GAAHH!!!