|#14: Final Fantasy VIIPlatform: PlayStationYear: 1997
Original review score: 5 out of 5 Stars
Always a trailblazing series, Final Fantasy hit its creative and cultural peak with the deeply emotional, hugely popular Final Fantasy VII. FFVII is so influential that its name alone is instantly synonymous with the RPG genre, while its characters and gameplay set the standards and stereotypes for countless future games in the role-playing genre.
Why It Was Innovative:
It's more than just big swords and spiky hair. Final Fantasy VII was a rare game that pushed each of its separate components - music, story, graphics, and character building - to soaring new heights. The story was a multi-disc novel that touched on serious concepts such as death and rebirth, while the graphics stunned players with an elegant combination of 3D action and steampunk-inspired cityscapes. Top all that off with an unforgettable cast of characters, including one of the most famous villains in video game history, and you've got a classic that touched an entire genre of gaming....and an entire generation of gamers. Furthermore, there's a fair argument that Final Fantasy VII's status as an early PlayStation One exclusive gave Sony the edge it needed to compete in and eventually dominate the video game industry.