A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Various skin, hair, and eye colors are options for male and female characters.
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Ease of Play
Mastering all the battle options takes some time, but players get some initial instruction.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent fights with characters you encounter, involving a variety of weapons, don't require much provocation. No blood or gore's shown, but the intent in combat is to kill opponents.
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Products & Purchases
Players can buy items to assist with gameplay, which range from $1.99 to $79.99. This is the latest chapter of a popular console video game, which has influenced movies, games (including a remake of itself), toys, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier is an action game for iOS and Android devices. This is the latest chapter of a series based on a very popular console game, which has influenced many forms of media. Most of the action in Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier involves violence. Although not too much gore is shown, players use a variety of physical weapons and magical spells to attack opponents, and the intent is to kill them. A tutorial provides some instruction, but players may need to figure out some aspects of the game as they go because they're offered a number of options in battles. Purchases don't seem to be required to play, although they'll see several mentions of a season pass that's sold. A store section also offers packages of in-app currency dollars, which can be used on the season pass and other items.
Is It Any Good?
While visually amazing, the intricate gameplay and limited instructions limits the fun to gamers willing to put in extra work to figure it out. Players don't have to be a huge fan of the franchise to play Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, because this game is all about action. After being matched with other players, they're dropped into locations like a collapsed expressway and a colosseum. They go looking for opponents, which can be human or a monster, and have a number of ways to attack their targets. They can also pick up items as they play, like a machine gun, which can shoot automatically if you aim it directly at someone, or things like materia, which lets them cast spells. The combat style selected also provides a unique set of skills, like becoming invisible or creating barriers. As gamers advance, they'll pick up more weapons and abilities to use in fights.
While the objective is primarily the same, the elements involved in playing add some complexity. Unfortunately, due to the tiny font that's used, information can be tricky to read on a small screen, making it hard to figure out what's going on. Playing on a phone is tricky because icons on the screen are crowded. It's easy to hit the wrong item and accidentally swing your sword, for example, when you meant to move to the left. Also, players often aren't given a clear goal and need to wander to find an opponent. The game has some decidedly positive points -- the graphics are top-notch, and while there are some pushes to buy things, such as a season pass, the app isn't too ad-heavy. But some rounds may end quickly, and they might need to repeatedly keep trying to live long enough to advance. If players are killed, though, they can stick around to observe gameplay, which might help them learn what to do. But with multiple battle moves to keep straight and fighting comprising most of the gameplay, the Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier experience might ultimately be too intricate for younger players.
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