I was aiming to get creative with the advent calendar and have a unique twist on each number I was looking at but when I came to the number 7, I just couldn’t. No matter how much I thought about it, I just couldn’t get Final Fantasy VII out of my head. So, this is probably the only game I will single out in our run up to Christmas.

Avalanche in all of their glory

It’s an absolute joy to play, from start to finish, and it’s crazy to think it was 20 years ago when I bought my copy on day of release from the long defunct Beatties store in Liverpool’s St. John’s Precinct. I was 14, and my experience with RPGs at the time probably stretched to Secret of Mana, Secret of Evemore, and maybe Illusion of Time. I had NEVER experienced anything like what I was about to with FF VII and man was that first play-through a joy to experience.

With a story that has you gripped from the moment you experience that gorgeous opening FMV sequence, there’s no other RPG that hits you in the feels like this one does. The soundtrack is perfect, there’s no wasted characters, the world you play in is huge, and with so many side-quests, mini-games, and secrets to find, it’s a game that just keeps on giving with repeated plays.

There’s no silly gags or puns from me here. I adore this game, and will never forget that moment with Aeris in the Forgotten Capital, and the accompanying track that just married the whole thing together perfectly. I know people who have never played the game, and I envy them so much. To be able to go back and relive the adventure of Avalanche vs the mighty Sephiroth as if it were the first time again…

As you do

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