VII is NOT the pinnacle of the series. After skimming our nostalgic bias off the top of that now-cold soup, we realized that it did have a somewhat goofy anime story, funky translation, and an awkward weapon upgrading system.
And that’s all irrelevant.
Because no matter what you think of Cloud and crew, there’s no denying that this was THE most important game out of the entire RPG genre at the time. For awhile, this game was the very face of the Playstation generation. You can never wrestle away that hallmark from Cloud’s knurled hands.
The game isn’t overrated. Nor is it the best. But it did create a world that no one wanted to leave – hence the incessant calls for a remake.