Bonus Images for Vintage Games Book: Chapter 07 - Final Fantasy VII (1997)

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Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time (2009), by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton, through Focal Press. Vintage Games, available from retailers worldwide, is a full color, illustrated book, that explores the most influential videogames of all time, including Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto III, Doom, The Sims, and many more.

Bonus images not found in Vintage Games for Chapter 07 – Final Fantasy VII (1997): It’s Never Final in the World of Fantasy:

09-03
Back of the box for the Microsoft Xbox 360 Collector's Edition of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which takes a different approach from most of its Japanese counterparts.

09-07
Final Fantasy VII may have shocked some gamers with its rather upfront attitude about crossdressing. The main character objects to donning female garb, but the game makes it clear that several other men in the community enjoy being "cute" from time-to-time.

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The versatile Materia system in Final Fantasy VII allows players to choose which characters should have which abilities. Here, we see the Cover Materia, which lets a party member take damage intended for another character. Materia levels up using AP, eventually becoming quite powerful.

09-14
Promotional image from Final Fantasy XII, a game in which play Magazine breathlessly stated in their November 2006 issue, “I may never beat Final Fantasy XII. I can't bring myself to do it. I've fallen in love with this game, completely, and don't want the relationship to end.”.

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Final Fantasy XIII (2009), released for both the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, showcases Square Enix's continued mastery of the cut scene.

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