Final Fantasy VII is one of my absolute favorite games from the good ol’ PSOne, probably number…4 after Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot 2: Wrath of Cortex, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. (What can I say? I like my classic platformers!) I love almost everything about this game: the story, the world, and the diverse characters, not to mention the secrets (oh those lovely, lovely secrets!). Final Fantasy VII‘s music is a particular favorite. There’s just something about it that immediately sucks me into its world, the Mako Reactor theme in particular. With all this excellence crammed into just 3 CDs, it’s no wonder this game ranks among the favorites of myself and a great many others. Here’s the thing though: I haven’t yet managed to finish it.
Over seven years and as many attempts, I’ve attempted to resolve this…problem. It’s a quest that one would think should be easily resolved, and they would be right. Final Fantasy VII can be a tricky game, even difficult (as least up to where I’ve gotten), but not so much that it defies completion (I doubt it would be as highly regarded were that the case). No, each failed attempt has suffered from the same problem: a lack of proper attention.
Distraction has always been the enemy. Usually instigated by getting stuck on a difficult enemy (Like say that stupid giant snake),
and then cemented by the release of a shiny new game; BioShock Infinite being the most recent interruption that just demanded to be played. The end result? An altogether too late return to game; All sense of direction gone. All sense of purpose faded in its entirety. Nothing to do but start over again…and again. I’ve gotten further each time, all the way to disk 3 even, but have always come up short.
Well the time has come once again to make an attempt to finish this most excellent of games, and this one…this will be the one that finally ends it! Much like Simpleek, I’ve issued myself a challenge: before the month of June is out, I will finally complete Final Fantasy VII! Following her format, I’ll have a progress report for you mid-month and a final result at the end. Can’t expect to accomplish a goal without checkpoints to meet right?
I end with a couple of questions for those who have seen all that the game has to offer: Is gettng Aeris’ “Great Gospel” limit break worth it, and would you recommend taking on the optional Weapon fights?
Do you have any unfinished games that somehow manage to keep escaping you? Can you tolerate having an unfinished game on your record?