Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII, often listed as the game that inspired the massive popularity of all the follow-up games in the Final Fantasy Series, is considered by most gamers to be one of, if not the single greatest game in the world.
A poll conducted by the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu listed Final Fantasy VII as the second best game in their compilation of the “Top 100 Favorite Games of All Time”. In 2005, users of GameFAQs.com listed Final Fantasy VII as “The Best Game Ever” and it managed to place second on the list even in 2009.
The story begins with the protagonist, Cloud Strife, joining up with team AVALANCHE (made up of Barret Wallace, Tifa Lockhart, Biggs, Wedge, and later Aeris Gainsborough, Red XIII and Cid Highwind) to take down Shinra Company, a company who’s Mako mining projects are slowly destroying the planet.
After learning of Aeris’ past and that she is the last surviving Cetra, the Turks (working for Shinra Co.) kidnap Aeris and take her to the Shinra Building for testing. A rescue operation to retrieve Aeris ends up failing and the entire AVALANCHE team gets thrown into the Shinra Co. prison cells. They manage to make a miraculous escape though as most of the personnel in the building are killed by a mysterious man in black, presumed by Cloud to be his former SOLDIER teammate, Sephiroth. The resulting fight to the terrors of Shinra Co. and Sephiroth are fought out all over the world of Gaia (referred to as “the planet” in the game).
According to Square-Enix there are no planned re-makes of Final Fantasy VII, but from the number of spin-offs (Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and a host of others), the number of references to FF7 in other games (nearly all of the games in the Final Fantasy Series contain some reference to Final Fantasy VII) and the shear amount of players the complete this game multiple times (including trying to beat the game under various self imposed restrictions, such as using no Materia) to this day ensure that the legacy of Final Fantasy VII will live on for many, many years to come.