We’ve all got those gaming memories that mean a lot to us. Things that, as a kid or heck, even as an adolescent or adult, have affected us deeply. It’s these moments that we look back upon with wonder, that make us into who we are as gamers, and captured our hearts forever for this “hobby”.
But what happens when someone comes along to shatter that pixel-perfect image you have in your head? In Shattered Save Slots, we take a look at some of gaming’s most memorable moments, and come at them with sarcasm, perspective and brutality.
This week, Eddy looks back at one of his favorite all-time games, Final Fantasy VII. And Anthony comes to… well, poop on it.
The Game: Final Fantasy VII
Eddy’s Take: A Truly Remarkable Title
For all of us, there is that one game, that game that strikes nostalgia like nothing else inside of us. It goes deeper than a great book or even a movie, because of the interactive nature of this gaming medium that we love. For me, that video game that transcended that boundary was Final Fantasy VII.
I booted it up on a warm summer day, my brother and I transfixed on the screen as the Playstation whirled to life. Nothing can compare to the opening of the game, which blended never-before-seen visuals with such a stylized look. It took my breath away instantly.
As my first RPG, FF VII showed me the depths that story and character could really go. I had never played a game that drew me into its events in such a way, that actually made me care about the characters and what happened to them. The world was imaginative and tapped into some part of me that I always hope to fill again with each additional RPG that I play. And I’m still waiting on that, by the way.
For me one of the defining moments of this game is the moment when Cloud witnesses his love, Aeris, being killed by Sephiroth. As she prays for the planet, in order to find something that will save it from its fate, Sephiroth, the legendary swordsman, drops from out of the shadows and stabs her with his sword. There’s nothing she could have done, and I felt helpless watching it.
The moments that follow are classic. The white materia bounces away from her, down marble steps and into the shimmering pure water below. It’s not until later that the player and the characters realize that this is the key to saving the world.
In the end, the story is one of friendship, love and community as you try to avenge Aeris’s death and save the planet. The way they introduce her face in the ending sequence, along with the Lifestream, is just priceless. This is one of my all time favorites, for sure, and I’ve yet to play a game that affects me as much as this one did.
Anthony’s Take: Quit Crying, Loser
Well, that was so touching, I almost don’t want to say anything…almost. I’m really glad that Final Fantasy VII was such a seminal moment for my friend Eddy here…it’s just too bad he missed out on the first SIX games in the series!
Yeah, I know so did millions of people, but thats no excuse. Final Fantasy III for the SNES (now known as VI) was a critical and commercial success and is widely regarded in gaming circles. I know the pretty shiny graphics of VII were too much for most people to ignore, but you know what you missed out on in the previous games? A story that was capable of comprehension. A game that couldn’t rely on graphics, but had to move the player with simple text, music and very limited animation.
The death of Aeris, while a very emotional moment for so many gamers, was really a poke in the eye. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t spend hours and hours leveling Aeris up only to have the game KILL her while my party stood by with their thumbs up their collective asses. Losing Aeris was more of a “Oh, you gotta be kidding me” moment than a “Oh, no the love interest that I was rooting for died”.
Don’t kid yourself because you were rooting for Tifa and Cloud all along and you know why: Tifa’s amazing rack, you little pervert. Besides, for sheer emotional impact, the Opera scene in Final Fantasy VI brings tears to my eyes every time I see it and its role in the story is a con job to steal an airship!
I am thrilled that this game brought Eddy and so many others into the Final Fantasy fold, but get over it. Aeris is dead, Cloud was lame and the story, not to mention Sephiroth’s motives, are throughly incomprehensible.
Go play any Final Fantasy before it and call me then. Wuss.
Who played this game? Who’s take do you agree with? What are some of your own favorite gaming moments?