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Featuring seamless 3D gameplay and animation, Final Fantasy VII contains hundreds of pre-rendered, computer-generated backgrounds and features real-time battles, vast map screens, and a complex and engrossing storyline. Published on three CDs, Final Fantasy VII will be one of the largest and most richly detailed gaming experiences ever created.
The seventh installment of Final Fantasy series takes place in a post-modern, steampunk sci-fi world where high technology reigns and where robots and bio-engineered mutants co-exist with humans and dragons.
The story focuses on Shinra Inc., an evil mega-corporation responsible for all the world's high technology. Shinra supports this technology with Mako Energy, Shinra's patented source of power. Unfortunately Mako is the lifeblood of the living planet and by using it up Shinra is slowly upseting the balance of nature.
In comes Avalanche, a rebel group of disenfranchised citizens who have taken it upon themselves to oppose Shinra's ambitions. The main character is an ex-Shinra soldier named, Cloud Strife, an angst ridden fella with a complex history that's explained as the game goes on. Cloud joins up with Avalanche as a mercenary for hire, and together they take on Shinra's maniacal executives and their army of shocks troops, robots, and mutants. However after a while it becomes apparent that there are other forces at work, and ultimately Cloud must not only fight against Shinra, but also stop a powerful terrorist from destroying the world.
Final Fantasy VII introduces a new materia system: your weapons have different amounts of slots where you can equip various orbs (called "materia"). All magic spells must be learned by equipping materia, but there are also other types which enhance your spells, parameters, etc. By equipping different materia on different characters, you can customize them freely, without depending on character classes. "Final Fantasy VII" also features plenty of mini-games and many ways to explore the game world, including the submarine first introduced in Final Fantasy V.
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