Final Fantasy VII
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The Shinra Corporation is sucking the life force "mako" from the center of the planet. Cloud, a vigilante with no past, joins the rebel force Avalanche. Once outside the floating city of Midgar, Avalanche soon discovers even greater threats to the planet than Shinra. When mako is extracted from the life stream, the flow of life on the planet is disrupted. Meanwhile the great Sephiroth, presumably killed at Nibleheim five years ago, has been seen once more. Aeris sacrifices herself for reasons unknown to the party. Both Shinra and Avalanche pursue Sephiroth, each for their own reasons. They find his frozen body in the Northern Crater. Sephiroth summons the deadly meteor to collide with the planet, and the planet, sensing a great threat, unleashes giant defensive beasts called "weapons" to protect itself. The party searches for the only thing that can save the world: the spell of holy. The party defeats Sephiroth and summons holy through Aeris' spirit. The planet, though not necessarily humanity, is saved.
Cloud Strife is a hero without a past. Much of the game is spent unraveling his origins, and players are uniformly shocked when they discover what actually happened on that day five years ago. Cloud's childhood friend, Tifa Lockheart, is the big-booted bartender with a heart of gold (which explains her top heaviness). Aeris Gainsborough is the demure flower seller with both a nature and powers she can't begin to understand--or even use. Mr. T. guest stars as Barret Wallace, the tough-talkin', hard-nosed leader of Avalanche with a soft spot for his daughter, Marlene. Cid Highwind is the foul-mouthed test pilot who dreams of one day reaching space. The ancient Red XIII is the last of a race sworn to protect the planet--but what is his true biological origin? The earthy Cait Sith is a gargantuan gambling moogle stuffy--but who lies behind the controls? If you find your inventory curiously devoid of Materia, keep an eye out for the perky teenage ninja Yuffie Kisaragi. And the ladies find Vincent Valentine the most alluring undead man they've ever met.
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Released: January 31, 1997, in Japan; September 3, 1997, in the US.|
Sephiroth is perhaps Square's most sympathetic villain. Despite his evil actions and intentions, the player can't help but feel, "It's not his fault!" Circumstances seem to have railed him toward an inevitable destiny. Sephiroth would make a great addition to the party--if it weren't for the fact that he's pure evil. His near-Oedipal fixation with his mother, J-E-N-O-V-A, only adds to his mystery and allure.
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