Final Fantasy 7 is a turn based action role-playing game. The core mechanic is to progress the story forward, as if reading a book. The fighting is not very unique, it is similar to any other role-playing games of the time, aside from the material aspect, but the main point of the game is to learn the story. The rules are very plain and simple. The conflict is barely there, there are very few challenges, and the game is easy to beat. However, the reason this game was a success was because of the outstanding story, like most other role-playing games. However, there are some fights in the game which require some level of skill. The end game fights require heavy budgeting of materia space, turn usage, hit points, and mana points; therefore the game is not purely narrative. The character development is extraordinary as well. It is extremely easy to get attached to any of the characters, and in one historic scene in the game, the scene known to shed the tears of gamers across the world, was so emotional because of the character development leading to that scene. If not for the character development, the scene would have little or no historic importance. The character development is not as good as the successors of the game, but it was extraordinary compared to the other games of the time.
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