I remember the first time I played Final Fantasy. I was around 12 years old, had recently moved to the suburbs from the south side of Chicago, leaving my friends behind and starting anew, and received FF8 as a gift from my parents. RPGs and I had a special relationship: they were a staple that I shared with my lifelong friends from my old neighborhood, a town that I missed and to some extent still do. I was instantly hooked on FF8, and I tore through those 4 discs (ah, the days of multi-disc adventures) in no time. Not long after that I revisited many of the older Final Fantasy titles, but, unfortunately, had never picked up Final Fantasy VII, which is considered by many to be the best in the series.
Fast forward 17 years later: I went through high school, college, worked in software for a period of time, graduated from med school and became a doctor. There were some very busy times to say the least. Anyways, as I revived my gaming interest over the past year or so, I thought now was just as good of a time as any to check another Final Fantasy off of the video game bucket list.
When my girlfriend and I turned it on the music was immediately recognizable and comforting, but I have to admit, I have been spoiled and in ways tainted by today’s push for premium graphics. The block-like figures and sketchy 3-D knock off reality was hard to adjust to at first. We slayed a few monsters, strutted our stuff as Cloud, but overall it felt like a pretty standard RPG for a while. Nothing too special. I thought, “maybe I’m just too old now and the games just don’t have the same feel”.
Then I was introduced to Sephiroth. His over-the-top villaindom was just what I needed to become intrigued. The game began to take on that old feeling of good vs. evil that the Final Fantasy series has always done an amazing job at capturing. At this point we are just scratching the surface with this game, but I can tell already that even as an adult I’ll be moved by this old masterpiece. What can I say, I’m excited.
Enjoy the ridiculous first video we recorded above. This game is filled with pesky little tasks like this one, but it isn’t a retro game without petty hoops to jump through. Stay tuned as we hunt down sephiroth and conclude our first journey as the Doctors of Gaming.
Here’s the clip!