It’s a meme at this point, but I don’t care.
Final Fantasy VII
I had never played a game like this before. Guns and swords and magic? Airships? Mr. T looking dude? Hawt video game girls? Explosions? Giant robot scorpions?
This game was crazy. I didn’t understand the story very well (I was maybe 7 or so?), and my strategy sucked. But as I grew older and the more I played, the more I understood and the better I got. I still play it, not as often as I used to. Crazy awesome game. I still had the bug more than a decade later when Advent Children came out. Think I bought it that day and watched it all day.
Don’t know why I got hooked so hard. Maybe the crazy world and crazy characters (Red XIII ftw). Story wasn’t that unique. But I guess considering the context of everything else, maybe it was.
Barrett’s story was deeper than anything I expected. His battle with Dyne was crazy, plus his origin story. Then, you had the betrayer, Cait Sith, which wasn’t what I expected lol. You could even one shot a boss with a Phoenix Down if you understood the mechanics and monster types well enough lmao. So fucking awesome. I think I must have done it on accident the first time. Confirmed it later that it works on monsters of the undead type or whatever. Crazy shit.
Also, Vincent and Cid.
GOAT game. Can’t change my mind.