This article is from the Final-Fantasy and other Square Soft Games FAQ, by email@example.com (Nick Zitzmann) with numerous contributions by others.
Cloud Strife, Barett (Barret) Wallace, Tifa Lockheart, Aerith (Aeris)
Gainsborough, Red XIII, Cait Sith, Cid Highwind, two secret characters
Final Fantasy VII's story is based on the Gaia theory - that the world
is a living being which puts its own life into the creation of living
beings. When a person is born, that person takes a little life from the
world. When a person dies, the life returns to the world.
In the far future, a company named "Shinra" regulates all of the world's
politics and power.
A long time ago, an alien creature slammed into the northern continent
of the world. Shinra's scientists classified this alien as "Jenova," and
noted that its bodily systems were far superior to those of humans. So,
the Shinra scientists experimented with creating a human with some of
Jenova's abilities. This little experiment with genetics, once born, was
named "Sephiroth;" and later became the leader of Shinra's elite army,
SOLDIER. Sephiroth, being half human and half Jenova, was thus the
world's ultimate fighter.
Shinra's latest technological breakthrough is a new power plant, called
"Mako," which betrays the Gaia theory and can drain the world of its own
life to create power.
Shinra is not unopposed, though. A group opposed to Shinra's dominance
called "Avalanche" has formed, and they have a new member, an ex-member
of SOLDIER, named Cloud. Cloud and the others' mission is to shut down
Mako before all is lost.
Once that this mission is complete, however, there's still much more in
store for Cloud & Avalanche. Shinra is a very large company, with nearly
unlimited resources. Cloud & Avalanche will have to travel across the
world, fighting Shinra forces & destroying Mako power plants. And
Sephiroth plays no small role in this...
Final Fantasy VII continues a trend that started in FF VI: The world is
futuristic and high technology rules supreme, but magic is still present
and people still fight with broadswords. The game takes this a little
farther, though, by placing the setting in a world which is totally
futuristic, unlike FF VI's world where there were only a few futuristic
settings (Figaro, Vector, etc.) that made everything else look
third-world. The job system from FF V has, in part, returned as well.
New to Final Fantasy VII is a "chocobo breeding system," where players
can build custom chocobo birds from a chosen set of genes. The set of
genes used will determine the kind of chocobo, its traits, abilities,
This is Square's first "true" 3D RPG. In other words, hand-drawn
graphics and sprites have been replaced by rendered polygons, thus
creating a "true" three-dimensional environment. Best of all, unlike
World Runner, the player doesn't need 3D glasses to view this game. <;*)