It only took 15 years, but I have finally done it. Ok, I wasn’t doing it consistently for 15 years. It was more like it took me 4 or 5 months over the course of 15 years.
Nevertheless, I finally did it!
I beat Final Fantasy VII!
It took 4 playthroughs of Disc 1, and 3 playthroughs of at least parts of Disc 2, but Sephiroth finally fell to my Buster Sword. The only things that kept me from jumping up and screaming were my hurting back and my wife and daughter being asleep in the room with me.
That final battle is a pain in the ass, too. I know it’s supposed to be hard (it is the final battle in the game, after all), but that’s not what I’m referring to.
I’ve talked about Summons before in a previous post. Basically, they’re magic that causes a mythological person/monster to come into your battle and do one powerful attack on your opponent. Some of them also have a beneficial effect for you or your party (such as Phoenix, which will damage your opponent while also reviving any of your party members who have hit 0 hit points).
Whenever you use a Summon, it’ll play a little video of the person/monster showing up and attacking your enemy. Usually, these videos last for around 30 seconds at most. In the final battle, Sephiroth has an attack called Cosmos that has a video like the Summons do.
The problem? The video for this attack is at least 3 minutes long. If it was a one time thing, that wouldn’t be that bad. However, he used this attack 4 or 5 times during the fight. If you do the math, that means that I sat there for 12-15 minutes during the final battle (which is supposed to be the most exciting part of the game) watching the same video over and over.
I also call this the final battle even though there is actually one more fight after this point. It is a pointless fight, though, as you cannot lose it.
I must say that, after watching the ending, there have been few things more gratifying than seeing those credits rolling. After all of the time and effort I put into beating that game, those credits seemed like validation for my troubles.
Now, it’s on to Final Fantasy VIII….once I’m able to buy it, anyways.