01 Jun

Revealed on the website of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) today was the listing of Final Fantasy VII for the Playstation 3 and the PSP. The game is rated Teen, for comic mischief, mild fantasy violence and mild language. No official statements have been made by Sony Computer Entertainment America, who registered the game. Since early April, Final Fantasy VII has been available on the Japanese Playstation Network.

Originally released in 1997 for the first Playstation, the game quickly turned into a classic and has been lauded as one of the best RPG’s of all times, as well as being listed as the 14th most influential game of all times by GamePro in 2007. It is still hailed as one of the best story-driven games ever to be released, despite the fact that many complained that the story was far too complicated, which wasn’t aided by the fact that the English version of the game was riddled with translation errors and typos.

The game was followed by the release of multiple spin-offs for the Playstation 2, PSP and Mobile phones. The original game was also ported to the PC in 1988. In 2007, a CGI film based on the characters from the game was released in Western territories, of which the directors cut will be made available in the United States on the 2nd of June.

No information is available about the date at which the game will be rereleased, or the price at which it will be sold. Final Fantasy VII is actually one of the few ‘modern’ games for which second-hand copies still regularly sell above the initial retail value of the game.