Final Fantasy VII

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Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII cover
Developers
Square Enix[1]
Publishers
Eidos Interactive
Release dates
Windows May 31, 1998
Final Fantasy VII guide at StrategyWiki
Final Fantasy VII at Wikipedia
Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy VII 1998
Final Fantasy VIII 2000
Final Fantasy XI 2003
Final Fantasy XIV 2010
Final Fantasy VII (2012) 2012
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 2013
Final Fantasy VIII (2013) 2013
Final Fantasy III 2014
Final Fantasy IV 2014
Final Fantasy XIII 2014
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2014
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 2015
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD‎ 2015
Final Fantasy V 2015
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 2015
Final Fantasy VI 2015
Final Fantasy IX 2016
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 2016
Mobius Final Fantasy 2017
World of Final Fantasy 2017
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 2018
Final Fantasy XV 2018
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition 2018
Final Fantasy Awakening TBA

This page is for the original 1998 version. For the 2012 re-release, see Final Fantasy VII (2012).

Key points

Has a different MIDI compared to the PS1 version of the game.
While the PlayStation version ran at 60 FPS, excluding menu screens the PC frame rate is capped at 30 FPS, 15 FPS during combat and FMVs, breaking the combat camera as well as some menu mechanics. 60FPS BATTLES mostly alleviates the combat situation.[2]
FMVs are from the 320x224 resolution used on the PlayStation.[3]

General information

Qhimm Final Fantasy Mod Forums

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
DRM: Simple disc check, no physical copy protection.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The official 1.02 patch fixes various bugs and is required for running the game on modern Windows.

TrueMotion 2 codec[edit]

Required by modern versions of Windows to view FMVs in-game, the screen will remain black during the FMVs otherwise.

The Reunion[edit]

A fan-made mod pack with a host of tweaks and fixes.
  • BEACAUSE: In-game text translation fixes.
  • MENU OVERHAUL: Updates the font, menu and battle UI.
  • 60FPS BATTLES: Corrects the battle frame rate of the PC versions to be 60, the same as the original PlayStation version (15FPS animations, 30FPS camera, 60FPS menus).
  • WEAPON: Adjusts various aspects of the game's difficulty to be smoother.
  • MODEL OVERHAUL: Attempts to improve character models in the game.
  • MEMORY PATCHES: Various memory patches, such as cheats et al..
  • 1:35 SOLDIER QUEST: "99 1:35 Soldiers will be hidden throughout the world as collectables."

Copying movies to disk[edit]

You can improve performance by running the video files directly from the hard drive.
Running movies from disk[citation needed]
  1. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Square Soft, Inc\Final Fantasy VII\ and create a folder called Movies
  2. Copy all .avi files from the movies folder on each disc to C:\Program Files (x86)\Square Soft, Inc\Final Fantasy VII\Movies
  3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII\1.00\Graphics
    If that doesn't exist go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII
  4. Change MoviePath to C:\Program Files (x86)\Square Soft, Inc\Final Fantasy VII\Movies\

Aali's custom driver[edit]

Renders the game with OpenGL and enables rendering at higher resolutions with other options. Also avoids graphical issues and artifacts with some modern GPUs. There are two methods of installation:
  1. Directly (direct file link for 0.8.1b). Follow the steps precisely or it will not work.
  2. Via a third party installer (direct file link for 0.8.1). Put this and the above direct archive in the same directory and run the installer. This automates the steps and is recommended over the direct method.
Make sure your GPU drivers are up-to-date as the default Windows GPU drivers have poor OpenGL support.
Introduces some bugs into the game, and currently has a small black bar at the bottom.

Bootleg Configurator[edit]

This utility is a download and install manager for mods.
Bootleg Configurator is the best way to install mods.
Multiple mod packs such as Final Fantasy VII Ultima Edition and Final Fantasy VII Remix have been released, but they are quickly made out of date by current mod development.[4]
Full playthrough using Bootleg Configurator can be viewed on EQ2Alyza's YouTube channel.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII\1.00\
With modern versions of Windows it may be in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII\1.00\Graphics which takes precedence if both registry keys exist.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save\

Video settings[edit]

Supported resolutions: 320x240x16, 320x240x16 pillarboxed in 640x460x16, and 640x460x16.
Graphics in Configuration.
Graphics in Configuration.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Aali's custom driver for a workaround, though it currently has a black bottom border.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Aali's custom driver.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Combat and FMVs are capped at 15 FPS, menu screens are capped at 60 FPS, and everything else is capped at 30 FPS. Use The Reunion for 60 FPS during combat.
120+ FPS


Input settings[edit]

No in-game mouse support.
Uses the numpad for keyboard input.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Qualifies after initial configuration, which has no controller support.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Sound in Configuration.
Sound in Configuration.
MIDI in Configuration.
MIDI in Configuration.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
MIDI music slider only.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game pauses when put in background, MIDI music does not.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues fixed[edit]

Game immediately quits[edit]

Install the official 1.02 patch.

FMVs display a black screen[edit]

Modern versions of Windows will need the TrueMotion 2 codec to view the FMVs.

Graphical issues[edit]

If you have graphical issues or artifacts, use Aali's custom driver.

Other information[edit]

Running from an ISO or another drive[edit]

By default the game uses the drive it was installed from for CD checks. If you wish to use another drive (common when using an ISO), edit the registry:
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII\1.00\Graphics
    If that doesn't exist go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII
  2. Change its value to the drive letter that the .ISO occupies(usually E or F), and relaunch the game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz[5]
Pentium 166 MHz[6]
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 260 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5.1 compatible
4 MB[5] of VRAM
Other DirectMedia 5.2
4x CD-ROM

References

  1. Q-Gears: "Unlike what people think, Square did the port, not Edios. Edios was just a publisher who gained the rights to the game."
  2. Qhimm Forums :: 60FPS BATTLES
  3. Qhimm Forums :: FF7 - Technical Discussion on Game Resolution and FMV
  4. makeuseof :: No Sequel, No Problem! Remaster Final Fantasy VII For PC Using Bootleg
  5. 5.0 5.1 with 3D accelerator
  6. without 3D accelerator