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Final Fantasy VII

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This page is for the original 1998 version. For the 2012 re-release, see Final Fantasy VII (2012). For the 2020 Microsoft Store version, see Final Fantasy VII Windows Edition. For the remake, see Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII cover
Square Enix[1]
Eidos Interactive
Release dates
Windows June 25, 1998
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres JRPG, RPG
Vehicles Flight, Motorcycle
Art styles Pre-rendered graphics
Themes Cyberpunk, Fantasy
Series Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy VII on HowLongToBeat
Final Fantasy VII on IGDB
Final Fantasy VII guide on StrategyWiki
Final Fantasy VII on MobyGames
Final Fantasy VII on Wikipedia
Final Fantasy VII 1998
Final Fantasy VIII 2000
Final Fantasy XI 2003
Final Fantasy XIV Online 2010
Final Fantasy VII (2012) 2012
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 2013
Final Fantasy VIII (2013) 2013
Final Fantasy III (3D Remake) 2014
Final Fantasy IV (3D Remake) 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
SaGa (series)
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 2018
Mana (series)
Final Fantasy XV 2018
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition 2018
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT 2019
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered 2019
Final Fantasy VII Windows Edition 2020
Final Fantasy 2021
Final Fantasy II 2021
Final Fantasy III 2021
Final Fantasy IV 2021
Final Fantasy V (2021) 2021
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade 2021
Final Fantasy VI (2022) 2022
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin 2022
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion 2022

Key points

Has a different MIDI compared to the PSX version of the game. Can be replaced with FF7Music.
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


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

Essential improvements


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

TrueMotion 2 codec

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

The Reunion

A fan-made mod pack with a host of tweaks and fixes.
Not compatible with 7th Heaven.
  • 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."

7th Heaven

A mod manager that allows downloading and installing enhancement mods.
Allows use of the custom video driver FFNx via downloading through the mod manager, allowing the game to be ran through a variety of rendering backends such as Vulkan.
With the 60/30 FPS Gameplay mod, true 60 fps can be achieved throughout the whole game including the overworld.
Not compatible with The Reunion.

Copying movies to disk

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

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.


Replaces the PC's midi soundtrack with an emulated version of the original PSX soundtrack.
Incredibly small file size.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII\1.00\[Note 1]
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

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save\[Note 2]


Supported resolutions: 320x240x16, 320x240x16 pillarboxed in 640x480x16, and 640x480x16.
Graphics in Configuration.
Graphics in Configuration.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Aali's custom driver for a workaround, though it currently has a black bottom border.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
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.
High-fidelity upscaling
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
High dynamic range display (HDR)


No in-game mouse support.
Uses the numpad for keyboard input.


Adds full DirectInput controller support for modern XInput-based controllers.
Adds optional and customizable haptic feedback.
Launch the game by using Xidi
  1. Download the latest version of Xidi, and extract them.
  2. Go into the Xidi-*\Win32 folder, then copy and paste the dinput8.dll and Xidi.HookModule.32.dll files to both <path-to-game> and <path-to-game>\Game folders, where the game's Launcher.exe and IncPC.exe executables are located in each respectively.
  3. Open the launcher and rebind the controls from the Gamepad binding tab.
  4. The game should now be fully playable with an XInput controller.


Sound in Configuration.
Sound in Configuration.
MIDI in Configuration.
MIDI in Configuration.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
MIDI music slider only.
Surround sound
All dialogues are text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game audio mutes when focus lost; MIDI music does not.
General MIDI audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed

Game immediately quits

Install the official 1.02 patch.

FMVs display a black screen

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

Graphical issues

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

Other information

Running from an ISO or another drive

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


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

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


  1. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  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. 4.0 4.1 with 3D accelerator
  5. without 3D accelerator