Final Fantasy VII for the PS1 is my favourite game of all time. Reason? It's story was very powerful. It sturred a lot of different emotions throughout the game. The game made me angry, sad, cheerful, laugh, serious, confused. And by confused, i mean totally WTF IS GOING ON type confused. Besides the story, its selection of characters were very deep and varied. Their characteristics were so diverese and so unique. You had the evil, insane, and powerful, Sephiroth. You had the lovable character who was always optimistic, and puts a smile on your face, Aerith. You had the hot, caring, BUT WILL WOOP YOUR ASS if your not careful, Tifa. You had the Calm, Cool, and collected badass with a magnum, Vincent. You had the trashtalkin', bad mouthin', brave mofo, Cid. You had the supportive, badass with a machine gun, never backing down attitude of Barret. You had the cute, lovable, immature, Yuffie. You had Red, a character I felt sympathy for. You even had a character that was random and attacked with a phone, Caith Sith. AANNDD ofcourse, the ever so treasured, troubled, iconic figure Cloud.
Not only are the story and characters amazing, but the audio and gameplay as well. I mean, like the themesongs of a select of the characters are soo memorable that when you hear it you know instantly that its is theirs. For instance, Sephiroth's "One Winged Angel" - Seepphhiirrootth! !. Aha. Cloud's theme was nice too. And you cant forget about Tifa's and Aerith's! Whenever I hear them it still warms me up. Plus Cid's Highwind! So cheerful. The gameplay, Active turn based, is what really propelled the Final Fantasy franchise and RPGs in general. Almost every game nowadays has not if one, plenty of elements from that game.
The graphics, at its time, was unheard of. Very advanced for its time. Its like comparing hdtv bluray 1080p output to standard definition 480i/p dvd resolution. Yes, it was that revolutionary. Bottom line, the guys at Square Soft (then, Square Enix now) really did make a great game that will stand the test of time.