The games opens with Cloud, Barret, Tifa, and the rest of AVALANCHE heading to one of Midgar’s mako reactors (isn’t magitek grand?) to blow it the hell up.**
The party infiltrates a reactor, and the various characters give the player tips on how the game actually works (on the battle system and using items or magic and that kind of thing).
The music, though, is very tense. In spite of the ridiculous character models and hit-or-miss dialogue translations.
The Black Mages‘ rendition of the mission’s theme is excellent.
*By everyone, I mean more than 10 million people worldwide. I rounded up. To everyone.
**The game mostly glosses over this, but the player characters are essentially ecoterrorists. Damn elves.***
***On the other hand, they do have a point; the magitek of the FF7 world was bleeding the planet dry, and if nothing had been done, the world would have been a burned out cinder before much longer.****
****On the gripping hand, they are rebelling against a monopolistic corporatist government/business conglomerate; the Shinra Company runs everything, owns almost everything, and is practically despotic. People have revolted against far less evil governments. AVALANCHE is focused more on taking out the magitek power source Shinra uses than on overthrowing the government, though, so they’re still a bunch of elves.*****
*****No, I didn’t mean for the footnote section to be as long as the main post. Sorry.