Final Fantasy VII, Recap Part 2 | Keep Kalm and Go To Junon
Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and his “Mole Patrol” co-host Brooklyn Zed (@hardrockhope), aka Zed XIII, get together to talk about the seminal video game “Final Fantasy VII.” There’s just one catch: Josh has played “Final Fantasy VII” dozens of times; this is Zed’s first trip to Midgar.
It’s a podcast designed for longtime “Final Fantasy” fans and newcomers alike — in fact, it’s for people who have always wanted to know the story of “Final Fantasy VII,” but have no interest or ability to play the game itself. If that describes you, you’re in luck. As Zed makes their way through their first playthrough of “Final Fantasy VII,” they will be stopping by this very podcast spot with Wigler to talk through the storyline, the game mechanics, and much more as tremendous shenanigans ensue.
For the uninitiated: “Final Fantasy VII” was a groundbreaking 1997 Japanese role-playing game that defined the video game medium, let alone the RPG genre and the “Final Fantasy” franchise writ large. It centers on Cloud Strife, a sword-wielding mercenary with a troubled past, as he joins up with members of a resistance group called AVALANCHE set on toppling a nefarious power-hungry corporation called Shinra. Many friends and enemies are made in the process, as Cloud and his allies uncover the truth about Shinra’s intentions and even more chilling details about old magic permeating the planet.
In this week’s podcast, Josh and Zed explore the world map. Now that they are free from Midgar, Zed is learning all about Cloud and his bitter rivalry with Sephiroth, a former member of SOLDIER who has become a deadly crusader in his own right. Cloud’s travels take him from the small town of Kalm to the large port city of Junon; along the way, he has a chance to make a new friend, protect some condors, and ride on top of a sea creature named Mr. Dolphin. It’s a lot.
If you want to play along while you listen to the podcast journey, “Final Fantasy VII” is available on various platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Steam and even the original PSX version, assuming you, like Zed, still have an old-school system.
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