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10. THE SUPERNOVA ANIMATION
Final Fantasy VII was the first 3D game in the series. It blew everyone away at the time of its release, as 3D visuals were still a relatively new thing. Squaresoft seemed to be enamored with the extra dimension, as many of the attacks in the game had lengthy animations.
The summon monsters, in particular, took a long time to play, with the Knights of the Round taking over a minute to finish its animation. Fans didn’t mind at the time, as they were still so impressed by the quality of the graphics. The summons hasn’t aged well, however, and new players might be disappointed by the inability to skip these animations.
The longest attack in the game belongs to the final boss: Safer-Sephiroth, who can use his Supernova attack, which destroys most of the solar system before it hits the party. This attack takes over two minutes to play out, and Sephiroth can use it multiple times during the final battle. The attack itself is fine, but its animation needs to be severely shortened.
How about iconic in-game cut-scenes? Should they stay? I’ll admit, the attack is over the top. The animation was long to sit through multiple times. And the graphics haven’t aged well. But with enhanced graphics, we might learn to appreciate the in-game cut-scenes even more. Think of how impressive they were in Final Fantasy XV.
But something’s off about the continuity of the attack. If Sephiroth is summoning Meteor to destroy the planet, why wouldn’t his attack destroy Gaia? Doesn’t his Super Nova attack destroys other planets in the solar system? Why would he need Meteor if he could perform Supernova?
I don’t think the developers need to cut the animation. In fact, I think they can incorporate it in the battle’s design. I think the attack itself should be the Meteor. Have a type of countdown timer to the end of the world. Defeating Sephiroth merely would prolong the Meteor from falling, if only temporarily so Holy can work its magic.
What about the gravity and status effects? Perhaps that could be an extra move Sephiroth performs in addition to Supernova. But don’t take the Super Nova attack away, it’s what makes the fight memorable.