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Games I Own: Final Fantasy VII

Posted on 3rd Jul 2009 at 14:44 by Mark Mackay with 49 comments

Mark Mackay
Anyone who read the Tales of Vesperia review recently will know that I felt the game played a lot of like JRPG legend Final Fantasy VII. It would be true to say many of the Final Fantasy games since VII played a lot like it also, but I mentioned VII because it's the one most people have had a 99+ hour love affair with.

I remember when Final Fantasy VIII was released; I ran to the shop to buy it, got it home then promptly sat on and broke the disk which was on my bed. I immediately ran back to the shop to buy another copy and ran home to play it. Who says gaming isn’t good exercise? I got home, fired it up and my Playstation packed in after about 15 minutes. Sheesh. I went back to the shops, bought a new Playstation and ran home to play it.

Games I Own: Final Fantasy VII

Now, FFVIII didn’t turn out to be all that hot. But my love for FFVII was so strong, (almost as strong as my love for running to the shops) that I spent the better part of £200 to play it as soon as possible.

There was something about the game world in FFVII which was so enchanting. The combo of beautifully rendered spell effects and contemporary-looking swords and guns was truly imagination capturing. The characters were flawed and believable - a bunch of rag-tag heroes from the slums who you could really identify with.

The materia combat system allowed you to build up your spells to obscene levels of power and created an incredibly deep and tactical turn-based combat system which was finished off by awesome animations. Epic end-game content was provided in the form of WEAPONs, huge monsters that could only be beaten by the most cunning combos of the most powerful materia in the game. There was a lot of incentive to keep on playing, and playing and playing.

Games I Own: Final Fantasy VII

Every 18 months or so I find myself returning to FFVII, and about 18 months ago I bought a sealed copy of the game for the PC and played it through. Often going back and back and playing games from your past can be disappointing and while I’ll concede that I longed for it to properly fill my widescreen display, I enjoyed it every bit as much as I ever did. I bred a Golden Chocobo, collected all the materia in the game and spent hours messing around in the Golden Saucer. I just couldn’t be happier than I am engrossed in a good session of Final Fantasy VII.

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yodasarmpit 3rd July 2009, 15:12 Quote
One of my all time favorite games.
Krikkit 3rd July 2009, 15:36 Quote
Epic game. You've gotta love that one tbh.
Paradigm Shifter 3rd July 2009, 17:01 Quote
Oddly, I don't really care for FFVII. There is a lot to like about the game... for example I like the Materia system as it's superior to the Junction system in FFVIII. But I find Cloud an irritating wossname at the best of times... and for me to dislike the protagonist is an instant game-killer. I packed in FFXII in under an hour (and I've not played it since) because I just can't stand the protagonist. Tidus in FFX drove me close a couple of times, but the draw of the story kept me persevering... like it did in FFVII. I've played it through purely because the story was awesome.

FFVIII, on the other hand, had me hooked. I must have completed that twenty times over the years - in lots of different ways (No Junction Challenge!) There was an interesting bug in the PC version where sometimes the Weapons Monthly magazines weren't needed to upgrade weapons in the Junk Shops... I managed to get Squall's Lionheart before I even went in the Fire Cavern with Triple Triad and Card Mod. :D

The SNES Final Fantasy games were awesome too - FFIV, FFV and FFVI were all enjoyable. :)

If you've got a PS2 and can find it, a very good game is Shadow Hearts (and it's sequel, Covenant)... they're significantly different to the Final Fantasy games, but remain some of the best JRPGing I've ever done. The stories are... epic.
LeMaltor 3rd July 2009, 17:12 Quote
I thought 8 was the best too, I still can't bring myself to complete it, because then it would all end :X
sandys 3rd July 2009, 17:20 Quote
Never played 8, I do have a copy of it though unfortunately I thought PS1 look a bit too crap for me on a big HDTV to bother with and I don't have a dodgy PSP, recently picked up FF7 on PSN to play on my PSP maybe they'll bring out 8 too.
KayinBlack 3rd July 2009, 17:30 Quote
I played this over and over in the hospital. Bred a deep love for the game and JRPGs in general.

I want a redone version for PC. Trying to get it to work in Win7 has been a joke. Anyone who has that answer, please LMK.
Paradigm Shifter 3rd July 2009, 18:10 Quote
For that matter, I've not been able to get FFVII working on XP. Even the unofficial patches don't get it working. :( Dunno what I'm doing wrong. I had a fair amount of luck with VIII on Vista x64 (it works, and doesn't crash) but I cannot get the high resolution patches working. :( Vanilla game only.

LeMaltor - yeah, I both loved and hated the end to FFVIII - right up to the last minute of the credits I was completely hooked... and when they finished I sat there with, "No! It can't be over yet!" running through my mind. ;)

It's worth doing, though... if only for the hilarious video that accompanies the credits rolling. :)
yakyb 3rd July 2009, 22:20 Quote
for those trying to get it to work it works absolutly flawlessly in epsxe (7 at least havnt tried 8 yet)

i have spent more time on this this than a wow addict who bought it on day one

from lvl 99ing all your chars to the first time you sell a lvl 5 all materia from the game before you get pheonix and the fun getting a golden chocobo

i feel very privilaged to have been around when this was released
Shadowed_fury 4th July 2009, 00:23 Quote
One of the greatest storys ever. I know its said time and time again - but a remake would be epic. With all this HD stuff now too, it would be something else.
r4tch3t 4th July 2009, 04:26 Quote
I have just recently bought FFVII for the PSP, have never actually played it as when I got into the FF series 7 was difficult to come by, especially for a young person with no income. 8 was my favourite and first FF game and 10 I have played the most. 12 was good. 9 was a bit meh and I only finished it once. Looking forward to 13.
Aracos 4th July 2009, 04:45 Quote
My favourite FF is 7 but the thing I don't like is how easy the last boss is, especially if you leveled to 99 just to stand a chance against Ruby Weapon that's why I love the PC game, if anyone owns this on PC and wants to play it with a hard mode mod (where it is very hard :P) then go to forums.qhimm.com there's a hard mode mod on there :)

I'm not too impressed with the latest FF's, I think it went downhill after X (meaning X-2-12) they seem to be concentrating a lot more on graphics than gameplay now which makes me sad, FF games always had epic stories and great gameplay, unless it's just me? More graphical technology advances the more people concentrate on it I guess =\

OFF TOPIC: Also why do I feel like every post I've posted is a negative one, me so sorry bit-tech lol
r4tch3t 4th July 2009, 04:50 Quote
I disagree, 12 was quite good, not quite as good as 7, 8 and 10, but not a big drop. As for 10-2 I have bought it twice but never played it past the intro. 11 is an MMO so I won't go near it, MMOs require too much time.
Shadowed_fury 4th July 2009, 13:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8cYrGG220

I wish!

(Literally a good excuse to buy a PS3 then...)
yakyb 4th July 2009, 17:18 Quote
i would buy a ps3 for that game alone
BLC 4th July 2009, 17:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8cYrGG220

Sadly, only ever a techdemo.... I would literally kill for a version of FFVII with up-to-date HD graphics...

I can honestly say that this is probably my favourite game ever. The storyline took some time to build up steam, but all the while it was slowly digging it's hooks into me.

It took me over 5 years before I completed the game fully (i.e. did everything there was to do), and I damn near failed my GCSE's because of this game. Even now, I have no problem picking it up and diving in.
Aracos 4th July 2009, 18:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8cYrGG220

Makes you wonder, FF1-6 have all had remakes and ports but none of the sony FF's have =\
I wonder if they ever will T_T
knuck 4th July 2009, 18:31 Quote
I tried trading FFVII to a friend once for Mega Man X, the bastage refused ... So I did what all of you FF fans would kill me for, I exchanged it for Super Mario World and Metroid Zero on the GBA :D

hahaha
Xtrafresh 4th July 2009, 20:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8cYrGG220
Damn you, that just cost me an hour! :(

Anyway, i can say that i too was properly hooked to this game. I once skipped three nights in a row just to play this. I can confidently say that i put 1000+ hours into it. Seeing scenes from it STILL gives me goosebumps, and i just bought a logitech controller so i can play it on the PC again.

I bought the game twice (damaged disc), and once for the PC. However, i find that the 'naughty' version is easier to get working, so i always use that :p

I'm very 100% positively going to play the "hard mode" that storm2020 mentions.

On a sidenote, what names did you guys usually give your characters? Here's what i had:

Cloud: Xtrafresh (duh)
Aeris & Tifa: Sylvia & Rachel (oh to be a teenager again :o)
Barrett: Dax (i just thought i sounded cool)
Red XIII: Storm (pretty proud of that one, always liked it)
Yuffie: Melanie
Cid: Kirk
Cait Sith: Poof
Vincent: Vincent (they just chose that name too good)

/// drifts away to memories...
Goty 4th July 2009, 23:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
I would literally kill for a version of FFVII with up-to-date HD graphics...

Don't forget better translation =P
yodasarmpit 4th July 2009, 23:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goty
Don't forget better translation =P
God no, that was part of it's charm :)
cyrilthefish 5th July 2009, 00:05 Quote
I really should get round to playing a FF game through one day

I'm a huge RPG nut in general (i have nearly every 360 RPG going) but i've just never got into the FF ones.

I think a fair bit to do with it is the utterly ludicrous sword the main character has, i know jRPG's aren't exactly known for realism, but at least a slight nod towards the laws of physics would have been nice. the sword would still be stupidly large if they reduced it's volume by 33% or more. the trailers for the newer FF games and watching the film just made me whenever the main character was shown

That said, this article is enough to awaken my interest again, the next time i run out of games to play i'll give it another go :D (forcing myself to ignore the main character ;) )
Omnituens 5th July 2009, 13:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Goty
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLC
I would literally kill for a version of FFVII with up-to-date HD graphics...

Don't forget better translation =P

Off course ;)
Paradigm Shifter 5th July 2009, 14:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by yodasarmpit
God no, that was part of it's charm :)
Totally.

It's like the meme that was spawned by the horrible translation "all your base are belong to us" in Zero Wing. :D
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Originally Posted by cyrilthefish
I really should get round to playing a FF game through one day

I'm a huge RPG nut in general (i have nearly every 360 RPG going) but i've just never got into the FF ones.

I think a fair bit to do with it is the utterly ludicrous sword the main character has, i know jRPG's aren't exactly known for realism, but at least a slight nod towards the laws of physics would have been nice. the sword would still be stupidly large if they reduced it's volume by 33% or more. the trailers for the newer FF games and watching the film just made me whenever the main character was shown

That said, this article is enough to awaken my interest again, the next time i run out of games to play i'll give it another go :D (forcing myself to ignore the main character ;) )

Interestingly, swords like that did exist - "zanbatou" (literally 'horse-chopping sword') - they weren't sharp, and they were designed so that infantry could combat horsemen. It's said that due to their weight, no one has ever used one to it's fullest effect (not exactly surprising that, eh?) but I agree that Cloud flings it around far too easily. Then again, he was supposed to be a genetically altered super soldier, so suspension of disbelief is doable. Just. ;)

...

I'd love to see a remake of FFVII on the PS3. And FFVIII, for that matter. :D
Skiddywinks 5th July 2009, 15:06 Quote
I have to admit a certain fondness for FFVII. It was my first RPG, and my first real game that I seriously got into. You could argue it was the start of my hardcore gaming lifestyle.

However, after moving from that to "proper" RPGs like Baldur's Gate and TES etc, I realised just how limiting it really was, and how much more fun WRPGs were.

However, it is easily my favourite JRPG of all time. The materia and weapon slot systems were amazing fun, and very complex. The amount of possibilities was staggering. I was so disappointed to find FFVIII used a totally different system, and even more disappointed to find that Square(Enix) never went back to materia.
Arkanrais 5th July 2009, 16:04 Quote
Chalk me up as another person who can't get FFVII working for PC. a few years ago I had it working pretty well with a FX5200 for a video card, but as soon as I upgraded to a X1650pro, all of the polygons lost their textures and IO was left with a sea of black aside from the pre-rendered backgrounds. now the game just refuses to install at all (some error about uninstallshield being open, same when trying to install FF8).

I'm enjoying Crisis Core: FFVII right now on PSP, but I'm disappointed that they decided to go with the Advent Children style of combat in the cut scenes. the game doesn't feel at all like a final fantasy, but it's fun to get a background on Zack and how sephiroth was before going awol and all murder-y.
mauvecloud 7th July 2009, 18:02 Quote
I bought the PC "ports" of Final Fantasy 7 and 8 shortly after they came out (since I didn't have a playstation at the time), and had them working many years ago (in Windows 98 with an ATI Rage Pro -- or maybe it was the first "All-in-Wonder" card), but I think they were really just emulator stubs running the playstation code, so I'm not surprised that newer hardware and versions of Windows confuse them. I eventually got rid of them and bought a PS2 and the "greatest hits" playstation versions of them. I haven't played very far in the playstation version of FF8 (although iirc, training in FF8 is a bit strange - I think because of the way enemies level up as you do, only their stats go up faster, you actually end up trying to avoid gaining experience. also, you can spend half an hour in a normal battle to draw spells from the enemies, then spend only 5 minutes to wipe out a boss); I'm focusing on FFX-2 at the moment. As far as remakes go, I see no rush to remake 7 or beyond, since they were already in 3d - I would like to see remakes of 1,2,5, and 6 in 3d (3 and 4 have already been done for the DS), and maybe some games that hadn't gotten official translations before, like Seiken Densetsu 3.
Edvuld 7th July 2009, 21:10 Quote
I'm gonna play FFII in a few weeks on my Vacation. It saddens me that FFIII never got remade for PS1. It's the only one I can't play on PS2/3.

I think my favourite is IX, it must be PS1 graphics perfected, still looks darn good to me. The system is the best so far IMHO. Junction kinda sucks, makes you never wanna use magics.
thehippoz 8th July 2009, 00:52 Quote
really enjoyed final fantasy tactics.. even tactics advanced on the gayboy.. nothing like being stuck out in a pirate boat in the middle of nowhere =] plays like a game of chess (which I own at! :D I stomp mudholes in chess)
Cutter McJ1b 8th July 2009, 10:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
I would literally kill for a version of FFVII with up-to-date HD graphics..

+1

When I saw the tech demo for the PS3 I almost literally needed an emergency change of underwear. It was a very close call.

I'm not sure why they dont do it. Surely it would get the sales?
Paradigm Shifter 8th July 2009, 12:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Edvuld
Junction kinda sucks, makes you never wanna use magics.
Thing is, it's easy to not use magic in FF8 - 100 Ultima attached to Elem-Def makes you immune to just about all magic damage, and magic really isn't needed as soon as you've got Squall, Irvine and Quistis as your dominant team (Lionheart, Shockwave Pulsar and Quick Shot will take anything down without too much trouble...) To be honest, I rarely used magic in any other FF game unless it was a character that was completely terrible at physical attacks... or an enemy that was immune to physical attack...
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
really enjoyed final fantasy tactics.. even tactics advanced on the gayboy.. nothing like being stuck out in a pirate boat in the middle of nowhere =] plays like a game of chess (which I own at! :D I stomp mudholes in chess)
Final Fantasy Tactics is awesome. FFTA and FFTA2 aren't quite so good, but they're still OK. If FFT was enjoyable, have a look at Disgaea 1, 2 and 3 and Makai Kingdom. :)
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Originally Posted by Cutter McJ1b
I'm not sure why they dont do it. Surely it would get the sales?
It probably would... and it's not like Square haven't remade stuff. A few years ago they were solidly of the opinion that they'd never make a sequel (and then they made FFX-2...) or that they'd not rerelease a game... then they started releasing the old NES/SNES FF games on the PS1. So there is a chance... just depends how much they think they can make out of it. ;)
phuzz 8th July 2009, 16:19 Quote
I remember my brother bought a second hand PS1, which happened to come with FFVII.
We tried it once, couldn't work out what was going on (manual? pah!) and played other stuff.
A few months later, bored, I tried playing it again, this time after at least glancing at the manual.
From then on, I was playing it at every opportunity, which as it was my year out was most of the time.
Eventually, after probably 2-3 months of 8 hours/day I got all the way to the last boss, and promptly got my arse kicked so hard, this being my first jRPG I had no idea the amount of grinding I should have done to level up, I was probably a level 40 or so by the end, with only the equipment you get on the main quests.
So in the end I've never finished it, but I still remember the way the storyline just gets bigger and bigger. At the start of the game you're just running around in the slums, by the end you're jetting around the whole world in a jet propelled zeplin.

So, was the PC version any good then?
Paradigm Shifter 8th July 2009, 16:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by phuzz
So, was the PC version any good then?
The PC version was almost exactly the same as the PS1 version. :) Only some graphical tweaks were applied, IIRC.
Xir 8th July 2009, 17:29 Quote
...is it just me that's annoyed about the overly long GF animations over-and-over-and-over again in FF8?
Or did I miss a trick to shortcut them? (on PS1)

"......100 Ultima attached to Elem-Def makes you immune to just about all magic damage..."
Any other good tipps?

"...Lionheart, Shockwave Pulsar and Quick Shot..."
Haven't managed those yet...and am in disk 3 of 4


Xir
Paradigm Shifter 8th July 2009, 17:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
...is it just me that's annoyed about the overly long GF animations over-and-over-and-over again in FF8?
Or did I miss a trick to shortcut them? (on PS1)
You shouldn't really shortcut them, as hold down F (default on keyboard) and mash A to boost the damage that the GFs do. If they've learned Boost, anyway. You can get 2.55x more damage on some GFs (like Eden which has a really long sequence) if you're quick and careful. The ones in FFVII, FFIX and FFX were just as annoying. :)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
"......100 Ultima attached to Elem-Def makes you immune to just about all magic damage..."
Any other good tipps?
It's been a while since I played FF8 obsessively, but I believe 100 Aura + 100 Ultima means you actually get healed by some attacks. 100 Meltdown attached to Status-Def reduces your vulnerability to various status ailments. If you've got Card Mod, try as hard as you can to get Laguna's and Ward's cards, as they Card-Mod into 100 Heroes (invulnerability for one character) and 20 Holy Wars (invulnerability for all three characters) respectively. That makes fights like Omega Weapon a total cakewalk as he can't touch you. (Go into the fight with Squall on, say, 500HP so he gets a Limit Break really easily...) Getting Squall's Lionheart as fast as possible is quite useful, as the Lionheart limit break is ridiculously powerful. It's possible to get the things needed to make the Lionheart by playing Triple Triad against the woman standing by Balamb railway station before you even enter the Fire Cavern. It takes ages, but it's doable.
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Originally Posted by Xir
"...Lionheart, Shockwave Pulsar and Quick Shot..."
Haven't managed those yet...and am in disk 3 of 4
Lionheart is the limit break you get with Squall's best weapon. Shockwave Pulsar can be taught to Quistis using a single Dark Matter, IIRC. Quick Shot (using Fast Ammo) is probably more useful than Irvine's most powerful limit (which uses Pulse Ammo) as Pulse Ammo is quite hard to get hold of (again IIRC...) Now, either I'm just the luckiest person in the world when it comes to getting the Lionheart limit in FF8, but if you make sure Squall is always very low on HP, he'll almost always use Lionheart (it's supposedly random which limit out of the four he uses...)

...

Man, it's been ages since I played FF8. I can hardly remember all of the tricks I used to use. Although, this blog post has made me want to go back and play it again. A lot. :D
Cutter McJ1b 9th July 2009, 10:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
The PC version was almost exactly the same as the PS1 version. :) Only some graphical tweaks were applied, IIRC.

And it played in like 800 x 600 resolution so you could have it as a tile surrounded by black or stretched over your screen. Personally I opted for the former :)
Paradigm Shifter 9th July 2009, 13:23 Quote
Yeah, it gave you the choice between 320x240 and 640x480, IIRC. At the time, neither really looked bad (I'd spent most of the last year playing C&C almost non-stop) but 640x480 looked a lot better. ;)

The fan-made high res packs keep drawing my attention, but every time I've tried them, they haven't worked for whatever reason. :(
BLC 9th July 2009, 13:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Yeah, it gave you the choice between 320x240 and 640x480, IIRC. At the time, neither really looked bad (I'd spent most of the last year playing C&C almost non-stop) but 640x480 looked a lot better. ;)

The fan-made high res packs keep drawing my attention, but every time I've tried them, they haven't worked for whatever reason. :(

As far as the backdrops go, they just ported the Playstation versions over to the PC - this is why they looked so crappy on 640x480. IIRC, the Playstation resolution was 320x200, so the backdrops would have been rendered to this resolution - no way were they going to re-render all those backdrops for the PC version's higher res. The battle screen and anything to do with polygons looked amazing on the PC version.

I shall have a look for these fan-made packs...Though again, I doubt they can do much for the pre-rendered backdrops...

Why oh why won't Squeenix remake this game with modern graphics :'(. They can keep the scrolling text boxes, they don't have to have voice acting... (because they probably wouldn't offer the option of japanese voices and english subtitles - instead they'd make a hash of the english voice acting... Just look at what they did to Cait-Sith in Advent Children!)
Paradigm Shifter 9th July 2009, 14:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
As far as the backdrops go, they just ported the Playstation versions over to the PC - this is why they looked so crappy on 640x480. IIRC, the Playstation resolution was 320x200, so the backdrops would have been rendered to this resolution - no way were they going to re-render all those backdrops for the PC version's higher res. The battle screen and anything to do with polygons looked amazing on the PC version.
Yeah. I was running FFVII and FFVIII on a Voodoo3 originally, then a Voodoo5... the best thing about the Voodoo5 was the FSAA implementation that didn't corrupt the graphics the way that ATi and nVidia's AA did - and still do. :( Looked silky smooth with 4xFSAA, even at 640x480. :D
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLC
I shall have a look for these fan-made packs...Though again, I doubt they can do much for the pre-rendered backdrops...
They don't, not really. But seeing FFVII running in 1280x1024 of 1600x1200 is quite sweet. :D

You'll want to check out...

http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14329

http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=137851

http://qhimm.com/

http://forums.qhimm.com/

http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=5731.0

For info on getting FFVIII and (with a little more surfing) FFVII in higher resolutions or generally 'prettier'. :)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLC
Why oh why won't Squeenix remake this game with modern graphics :'(. They can keep the scrolling text boxes, they don't have to have voice acting... (because they probably wouldn't offer the option of japanese voices and english subtitles - instead they'd make a hash of the english voice acting... Just look at what they did to Cait-Sith in Advent Children!)
I never saw Advent Children with the English dub. Japanese with subs all the way... English dubs are never any good - they try to hard to lip sync, and butcher everything in the process.

I'd like FFVII and FFVIII remade on the PS3 (or PC for preference, although that's unlikely) actually. 'Twould be awesome. :D
mauvecloud 9th July 2009, 14:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLC

As far as the backdrops go, they just ported the Playstation versions over to the PC - this is why they looked so crappy on 640x480. IIRC, the Playstation resolution was 320x200, so the backdrops would have been rendered to this resolution - no way were they going to re-render all those backdrops for the PC version's higher res. The battle screen and anything to do with polygons looked amazing on the PC version.

Wikipedia indicates the PlayStation supported resolutions from 256x224 to 640x480, but I guess either it couldn't handle the 3d graphics at 640x480 or Square didn't think the higher resolution was worthwhile considering composite output and CRT televisions. (the latter might also explain why they didn't upgrade the graphics for FF Anthology and FF Chronicles)

There are some legal uncertainties with using emulators like ePSXe, but I think I had the 3d parts of FF8 (running from the PSX discs) looking even better than the so-called "PC version", because it can render at resolutions as high as the monitor supports, though even that couldn't do much with the low-res backgrounds, and I didn't play very far. I think FF7 crashed ePSXe the last time I tried it, but I think that was in Vista, and I only tried it with one set of plugin choices; in XP with different plugin choices, it might work. I also have yet to try running it on my PS3.
BLC 9th July 2009, 18:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Yeah. I was running FFVII and FFVIII on a Voodoo3 originally, then a Voodoo5... the best thing about the Voodoo5 was the FSAA implementation that didn't corrupt the graphics the way that ATi and nVidia's AA did - and still do. :( Looked silky smooth with 4xFSAA, even at 640x480. :D


They don't, not really. But seeing FFVII running in 1280x1024 of 1600x1200 is quite sweet. :D

You'll want to check out...

http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14329

http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=137851

http://qhimm.com/

http://forums.qhimm.com/

http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=5731.0

For info on getting FFVIII and (with a little more surfing) FFVII in higher resolutions or generally 'prettier'. :)


I never saw Advent Children with the English dub. Japanese with subs all the way... English dubs are never any good - they try to hard to lip sync, and butcher everything in the process.

I'd like FFVII and FFVIII remade on the PS3 (or PC for preference, although that's unlikely) actually. 'Twould be awesome. :D


Cool, cheers for the links.

You can't watch a foreign language film in an English dub, has to be the original languaqge all the way. However, I put the English dub on for a laugh... Never again. Even the subtitles on the DVD release suck, the fansubs are so much better.
Xir 10th July 2009, 19:01 Quote
[QUOTE=Paradigm Shifter;2034786]You shouldn't really shortcut them, as hold down F (default on keyboard) and mash A to boost the damage that the GFs do. If they've learned Boost, anyway. You can get 2.55x more damage on some GFs (like Eden which has a really long sequence) if you're quick and careful. The ones in FFVII, FFIX and FFX were just as annoying. :)

well...it's the PS1 variant, so no F and A.
Skipping is not possible?


Cheers Xir
mauvecloud 10th July 2009, 19:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
well...it's the PS1 variant, so no F and A.
Skipping is not possible?

It might be possible on the PS1 - the F and A keys for the PC version are probably just mimicing the functions of buttons on the PS1 controller, but it may be tricky to figure out which buttons.
Xtrafresh 10th July 2009, 19:53 Quote
yeah, i played it on PS1, and it worked the same way.

I believe you hold a shoulder key and then bash away on X or something like that :p
BLC 10th July 2009, 22:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by mauvecloud
It might be possible on the PS1 - the F and A keys for the PC version are probably just mimicing the functions of buttons on the PS1 controller, but it may be tricky to figure out which buttons.
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Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
yeah, i played it on PS1, and it worked the same way.

I believe you hold a shoulder key and then bash away on X or something like that :p

If you're using the default button config, you have to hold down "select" and mash "square". As soon as you press Select, the menus & stat bars disappear. If you do it during a GF sequence and you've taught them Boost, a little hand appears in the bottom right: if it's solid, mash away; if there's a cross over the hand, don't touch square - you'll lose the boost you've gained so far; if the hand is flashing, the GF summon sequence is about to end.

The highest you can boost is up to 255. Not all GFs will go that high though... unless of course you're using an auto-fire pad, but that's just not cricket - you can get GFs to 255 boost without an autofire pad....
Paradigm Shifter 12th July 2009, 13:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
If you're using the default button config, you have to hold down "select" and mash "square". As soon as you press Select, the menus & stat bars disappear. If you do it during a GF sequence and you've taught them Boost, a little hand appears in the bottom right: if it's solid, mash away; if there's a cross over the hand, don't touch square - you'll lose the boost you've gained so far; if the hand is flashing, the GF summon sequence is about to end.

The highest you can boost is up to 255. Not all GFs will go that high though... unless of course you're using an auto-fire pad, but that's just not cricket - you can get GFs to 255 boost without an autofire pad....

Yup, that's it.

I can only get Eden up to 255, I can't get any of the others. I've managed some of 'em as far as 210, though... through luck rather than judgement. ;)
BLC 13th July 2009, 11:51 Quote
Eden is easy to boost - the sequence is so damn long! I think I damn near broke my fingers while playing FF8... I think that FF8 had the best battle system out of the FF games I've played so far (have only finished: FF7, FF8, FF9, FFX), but FF7 is still the best... All those hours breeding a damned gold chocobo, trying & failing miserably to beat Ruby & Emerald weapon, levelling up materia just to get the master materias....

Ahhh, nostalgia.... :)
Paradigm Shifter 13th July 2009, 12:31 Quote
Yeah, exactly. Eden's easy. The others are a nightmare. ;) And autofire/pulsefire joypads are cheating. :)

I liked the materia system in VII (although it was far too easy to abuse the hell out of it and powergame to a ridiculous level...) it was harder to abuse the junction system in the same way, although Sphere Grid abuse was fairly simple as well if you could be bothered to grind for hours.

I liked the levelling system in Final Fantasy II a lot. Stats improve as you use them. Unfortunately, it did have the tendency to make you hang around at the start of the game attacking your characters... that increases HP, Def and Atk. :D In one play through, I got my characters so beefed up that it took the bosses to do any damage to them at all. (Although poison attacks from things like hornets could still inflict status effects... :()
Yoy0YO 11th October 2009, 10:58 Quote
Oh dear, reading this is bringing me to nostalgia-tears.
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