I’m admittedly new to the world of Final Fantasy VII. I have vague memories of watching a TV commercial for the original PlayStation game when I was young, and I remember spending the first few hours of the game on the Played a friend’s attic in between Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX sessions. It wasn’t until much later, when I found a cheap green label copy in Circuit City, that I tried again, but again I only got the first few hours. When Square Enix released it so I could play it on my PlayStation 3 and transfer it to my PSP, that was the furthest I’d come. I exited Midgar, saved my game, and turned off my PSP, completely pretending to pick it up again anytime soon. That was more than 10 years ago.
All of this means that my understanding of the world of Final Fantasy VII is limited. I know most of the main characters, I know what Midgar is, and I’m aware of the lifestream and purpose of Mako. Thankfully, Square Enix is investing an incredible amount of time and money remaking Final Fantasy VII, for my benefit and the benefit of those who love the original. I played Remake in full when it was released, I look forward to the sequels and reviewed Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion earlier this year. I’m beginning to understand the world of Final Fantasy VII, even if I don’t understand how single-winged human flight is possible.
Does the color of the weapon affect its dangerousness?
I have dozens of questions about Final Fantasy VII that I’m sure could be answered by playing the original game or texting former Game Informer editor Joe Juba, but there is one fundamental question about the world of Final Fantasy VII I Still Don’t Understand Fear has no meaningful answer: what are weapons in the Final Fantasy VII universe?
Weapons are used to attack and threaten in Final Fantasy VII, but I don’t understand how deadly they are. Most soldiers carry weapons, but the strongest carry swords. In the world of Final Fantasy VII, swords seem to be more powerful, but are they difficult to use?
That’s the conclusion I reached after playing through most of Final Fantasy VII Remake, but then, near the end, President Shinra threw my hypothesis in the trash. I won’t go into detail to avoid spoilers, but President Shinra has his back against the wall at one point. He’s scared and trying to bargain for his life with Barret, who I’d like to remind you has a gun as his right hand. And then suddenly, after running to his desk, his confidence inexplicably returns. He’s no longer bargaining for his life, instead insulting Barret’s noble cause because… surprise! He has a gun. And he points it directly at Barret.
Final Fantasy VII arguably started the video game tradition of cutscene deaths from an otherwise harmless attack, but I was, but I was particularly confused by this scene. At the start of the game there is a cutscene between the characters Leslie and Corneo pointing guns at each other threateningly, which confused me at the time, but I accepted it because these two weren’t party members. They seemed like ordinary, untrained people. But beret? Barrett was shot at least 100,000 times en route to President Shinra’s office. The whole party, including main sword Cloud, is taken aback by this threat, which only makes them more confused.
Pictured: Barret is shot 100,000 times.
I didn’t even mention the fact that Wedge, a temporary party member, took a near-fatal bullet in his butt earlier in the game, despite taking plenty of bullets during the fight. I don’t know why the butt shot did more damage than the average bullet.
I was hoping that playing Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion would finally explain the mystery between guns and swords, but it only confused me more. The game’s ending proves that guns are indeed deadly, even if you’re a swordsman.
Ultimately, I’m happy to attribute it to video game logic and try not to worry about how weapons work in the Final Fantasy VII universe. Sometimes guns are deadly; Most of the time they subtract a few points from your HP. Let us continue. But I think we’ve moved on from ignoring these kinds of story issues in video games, and I can’t help but hang on to something the developers probably don’t give much thought to. I’m sure they have much bigger game development problems that are more worthy of their time.
My hope for the next chapter in the Final Fantasy VII Remake saga, Rebirth, is that it takes a little time to explain to me. If space can be made at Jessie’s parents’ house for pizza eating to give her a little more context, surely Tifa can take a few minutes to explain what guns are in her world, right?
https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/12/27/what-are-guns-in-the-universe-of-final-fantasy-vii What are weapons in the Final Fantasy VII universe?