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Posted by klinkcow

Wow, that was a long game.
 
Anyway, totally loved it. I'm staring at the stars right now, not sure what to do..... aghhhhhhh
 
and it only took me twelve years.

Posted by Meowayne

Congratulations. Now start again and enjoy the 40% of content you haven't seen yet. :D

Posted by SaraHysaro

Congrats! =D That's a really fun game to beat. I'm thinking about replaying it someday if I can find the time.  
 
Did you beat the weapons too? =)
Posted by NickM

I just finished the first disc yesterday. It has been excellent so far, much more than the "emo-guy-with-big-sword-saves-world" story I was expecting.

Posted by Agnogenic_delete

I got about halfway and lost my save. I can't play through that first disk again... I'll cry.

Posted by JJOR64

w00t!  Now you can play it again or try something new.

Posted by Creamypies

Aha it took me small chunks over a 7 year period to beat that game.

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Edited by Baillie

I can't go back and play it, the story is overrated, and why would I want to go back to a game that's 12 years old, when I could be playing newer, better RPGs?
Edit: Just to say, I'm not insulting the game, I just don't see everyone's fascination. Great game at the time.

Posted by iam3green

wow, really that's how old the game is? 
 
i never played a final fantasy game before. i'm not into that kind of RPG kind of game.congrats on doing that if it took u 12 years to do that.

Posted by xyzygy

I don't understand why people cry at that game. Is Aerith really that likeable? I never, ever got that idea while playing the game. She just looked like some housewife, a pretty typical RPG character. What was so different about her? I just really don't get it. I played through the game recently and to be honest, I really don't know why it is so revered. FF6 has much better characters (although Cid in FF7 is pretty cool). 

Posted by fenixREVOLUTION
@xyzygy said:
" I don't understand why people cry at that game. Is Aerith really that likeable? I never, ever got that idea while playing the game. She just looked like some housewife, a pretty typical RPG character. What was so different about her? I just really don't get it. I played through the game recently and to be honest, I really don't know why it is so revered. FF6 has much better characters (although Cid in FF7 is pretty cool).  "
I was more upset that I spent time leveling her up to get her final limit break, than I was that she actually died.
Posted by Fallen189

Good on you pal.

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Posted by loldetaerleo

I'm playing through Final Fantasy IX at the moment, now that's a good game.

Posted by AZ123

Congratulations! I first beat that game in 2003. When I was approaching the final part of the game, I sat down at 11:30 p.m. and did not turn it off until 6:00 a.m. That was the latest I ever stayed up at that point in my life. I am so happy it was spent trying to beat Sephiroth (I succeeded). Careful though, the Giant Bomb crew are kind of wary towards the FF series. I remember Brad described himself as a "lapsed" FF fan.
 
Congratulations again.

Edited by Meowayne
@xyzygy said:

" I don't understand why people cry at that game. Is Aerith really that likeable? "

No, Aerith is actually pretty forgettable, if you don't count the fact that she's awesome as a team member and it's sad to not being able to use her anymore after disc one.
What people remember about her death, though, is it's nature. Because it's not a typical dramatical death. It's sudden, it's ridiculous, and it's totally pointless. There is no build-up. Nobody gained or achieved anything because of it, and she didn't help anybody, or sacrifice herself for some greater good. Aerith dying has no point, at all. It's completely random. 
And even though that is how death is in most cases, it is rarely so in games or movies. 
 
 
"In the real world things are very different. You just need to look around you. Nobody wants to die that way. People die of disease and accident. Death comes suddenly and there is no notion of good or bad. It leaves, not a dramatic feeling but great emptiness. When you lose someone you loved very much you feel this big empty space and think, 'If I had known this was coming I would have done things differently.' These are the feelings I wanted to arouse in the players with Aerith's death relatively early in the game. Feelings of reality and not Hollywood."

—Yoshinori Kitase, Edge Magazine, May 2003
 
And judging by the continous response of players to Aeriths death and it always being among the first things people mention when talking about the game, I think they succeeded.
Posted by EsN_Fish

I used to absolutely love FFVII but now that I look back on it, there are other FF games I like way more than it. I highly recomend playing IV, VI and VIII. I seem to be in the minority of people who like FFVIII more than VII. There were a few plot twists in VIII that made me go wtf, but the game as a whole is very good. I still need to go back and finish a bunch of the older ff's, I used to have a bad habit of getting towards the end of a RPG and quiting just to pick it up several years later and start over again. So far i've played all the way through VII, VIII, IX, X, XII.

Posted by SonicFire

Frankly, I think the reason people care (in retrospect) about Aerith's death is because they were kids when they played it, and did not expect something so sudden. As for it's emotional impact, I'd have to say it's nil...I mean aggressively nil. The basic rule is that in order to care about a character, you have to develop that character to some extent, and FFVII never does that. 
 
Of course, I liked FFVII, but I've never, NEVER understood people's affection towards, it. It's predecessor was a far better game IMO. 

Posted by MythDarK

Congrats!
 
 I've never played through the whole FFVII yet. It's been like a year since my last try, and i'm probably gonna restart next time (again), and hopefully play through it then. But so far i like FFVI much more though. Haven't played VIII+ either, so i guess i'll give those a couple of shots someday.

Posted by Benjaminvdv
@Baillie said:
" I can't go back and play it, the story is overrated, and why would I want to go back to a game that's 12 years old, when I could be playing newer, better RPGs? Edit: Just to say, I'm not insulting the game, I just don't see everyone's fascination. Great game at the time. "
Newer? Yes? Better? I've yet to play one. I've played many RPG's before FF7 and many since, yet FF7 is still the best RPG I've played. We didn't buy the game because of a hype (infact we heard that it was returned a lot because people didn't like it), I loved the game long before I got on the internet and no I'm not being influenced by childhood memories. I completed the game 4 times (once with everything), the last time being a year ago on the PSP (on which it looks fantastic btw).
 
And why go back to a game that's 12 years old? How about I ask, why not go back to a game that is 12 years old? Sure I love good graphics as much as the next guy, but to not play a top quality game because it's "old" is stupid, while the graphics are dated, it all still looks pretty good in the sense that it doesn't bother me and the gameplay itself doesn't feel dated, besides it's a RPG not a shooter or racing game, those do feel dated when they get too old, but RPG's are always good.
Posted by Einherjan

I still have to play through it. I have seen bits and pieces of it from watching my friends play through it, but I want to try it for myself. It is too bad that the end is spoiled for me now.

Posted by Snipzor

Oh I won't bother finishing FF7, I have no interest with that game. But I did recently celebrate finishing every mission (Including the two bonus ones) on Goldeneye, which took me... well since it came out I have tried to beat it. 
 
Anyways, FF7, story was quite stupid and characters were completely unlikable (Not to forget these characters are the cause of the future characters being total douchebags and losers). Dumb plot twist for a character NOBODY USED (Hate to pull out all caps there, but I need to point that out). In fact, only Cid was likable, everyone else was a total idiot. Why is it that the fate of the universe is always determined by incompetent boobs?  
 
Hell, know what, I can talk about the death scene more. It was pointless, nothing changed the story, nothing wanted to make me kill him any more than I already didn't want to. If people used her constantly, this was a big fuck you to the constant hours of grinding with this shite character. In fact, I stocked up on revives before the scene, why the fuck didn't they use it? Why, was it because it was not a battle setting. Why is it that no character ever uses magic in a cutscene, what is the point of magic if you are only going to use it in a battle setting. What is the point of having a fantasy setting if you are going to remove the fantasy part of it by only having battle magic, is this whole story just from the perspective of a schizophrenic nut?! I'm done.
 
Just... FF7 was the part where they simply went to the absurd and it was the turning point when the series went to shit plots and loser characters. We have proof by looking at Squall, who is easily the biggest pussy in the RPG genre. . .  
 
I'm done again. I've got a love hate relationship with FF7, I blame the nostalgia.

Posted by klinkcow

I guess it was a big deal to me to finish, because I began playing it soooo long ago, then I put it down. I feel like a marked one of the biggest video games possible off my backlog.
 
a weight has been lifted..
 
...and no, i only beat ultimate weapon, not ruby or emerald. I did beat sephy at lvl 67 though...which i thought wasnt too shabby

Edited by Willy105
@Baillie said:
" I can't go back and play it, the story is overrated, and why would I want to go back to a game that's 12 years old, when I could be playing newer, better RPGs? Edit: Just to say, I'm not insulting the game, I just don't see everyone's fascination. Great game at the time. "
For many people, it was the first RPG they played. Although it's not as good as the 2D games, Final Fantasy 7 is still a pretty good game.
 
I have been playing this game for the first time in the past two weeks. I just got to the theme park where you have to pay 3000 gil for a pass. I still haven't gotten the money.
Posted by leky1

now its time for 8!

Posted by Osphere

Congrats.  I still need to beat FFX.  I want to legit try FFVII, and FFIX

Posted by Alex_Murphy

I don't know if I could go back and play it again. The blocky characters look so dated now, but it was totally cutting edge at the time. I sure wouldn't mind a remake.