What Final Fantasy VII Means to Me

WARNING*****SPOILERS TO FOLLOW IF YOU HAVE NOT PLAYED FINAL FANTASY VII**********

This is something that I have been thinking about writing for a long time. I had never felt such a profound personal connection to a video game until I played Final Fantasy VII. It may seem odd, but this game came into my life at just the right time. At a time when I felt lost and afraid.

I was driven to play the original Final Fantasy VII during my senior year of high school after seeing the reveal trailer for the remake at Square Enix’s E3 press conference several months before. I was very excited by this news and my interest in the Final Fantasy series was rejuvenated. I had first discovered the story and characters of Final Fantasy VII through the Kingdom Hearts games many years ago. I had also already seen the spinoff film, Advent Children, and the spinoff game, Dirge of Cerberus. Before I knew the negative impact spoilers would have on the experience of actually playing the game, I foolishly looked up the plot on Final Fantasy Wikia. So I already knew about the more “iconic” scenes in the game.

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