The Legacy of Final Fantasy 7

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In 1997, a game was released for the PlayStation, which with one death, would change the gaming world forever. Now as the Final Fantasy VII franchise returns with Advent Children, we'll be taking a look at the legacy of this legendary title.

Where were you when you first discovered Final Fantasy?

Some of you may have found it with the first 8-bit crystal quest on the Nintendo, others with the moment that Cecil became a paladin in Final Fantasy IV (released as Final Fantasy II in the U.S.) for the Super Nintendo, and even others with Kafka's world domination in Final Fantasy VI (originally known as Final Fantasy III in the U.S.), also on the SNES. Others may have found the series on the Game Boy, or discovered the series in the form of its more recent installments, such as Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 for the PlayStation 2, or with Final Fantasy XI for the PC. However, it was Final Fantasy VII that made countless throngs of gamers to believe in the power of next generation RPGs.

For many American RPG fans, Final Fantasy VII was the sole reason to buy a PlayStation system in September 1997. Released in Japan in January 1997, and later in Europe in November 1997, Final Fantasy VII went on to become a solid title in Sony's Greatest Hits collection for the PlayStation.

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In October 1997, Final Fantasy VII International was released in Japan. This version was essentially the same as the North American release, which featured additional FMV scenes of the WEAPONS, the optional Ruby and Emerald WEAPON bosses, directional arrows on screens, tighter control in mini-games, an improved Materia management system and a cut-scene that helped to clarify Cloud's past. In addition, Final Fantasy VII International included a fourth disc with character sketches, maps, information and general trivia about the game.