Modified game with various patches: Ficedula/XP/Aali OpenGL/FF7 Remix
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NOTE: Please read "Additional Comments" --Final Fantasy VII (unpatched) doesn't even work on recent Windows.
Assuming basic patching, the following behaves the same on Windows & Linux:
Video at default (800x600) and high-quality (1280x1024) resolutions
Sound using Timidity & ALSA
Game plays fine, battles and minigames are fine.
For advanced patching, the following works:
High-quality Cloud & Barret battle models
High-quality walkabout models
2-D Overhaul mod
Sound using MP3
What does not
Can't close the game in fullscreen mode; have to force kill.
I neglected to test this on Windows, so I cannot say for
sure if it is a Wine-specific bug.
NOTE: It is possible to wrap wine ff7.exe in a shell script
and do some modesetting to workaround this bug. Otherwise, I’d
recommend running FF7 at your preferred desktop resolution in
fullscreen mode so that when you kill it you don't have to fiddle
with modesettings on an 800×600 desktop. Because this bug is easy
to workaround, I kept the "Gold" rating that the previous reviewer
What was not tested
Played through about 10 hours of the game; the remainder is untested.
Haven't tested some of the minigames: snowboarding, etc.
Haven't tested summons.
I would like to make it clear that FF7 works flawlessly with a bit of tweaking, but that patching is _absolutely_ mandatory. Without patching the game, it will fail to run on Windows XP or higher. The following patches are required to get the game to start (installation is fine):
FF7 v1.02 official patch
Aali's OpenGL Driver v0.7.3b
I tested a "minimal" install of just these 2 patches, and also the "FF7 Remix" patch-set, which includes the minimal as well as several high-definition patches:
More information on getting the game to run:
* To install the game, put Wine into Windows 98 compatibility mode. (I am not sure if it's also required to run the game with Win98 compatibility, but it doesn't hurt).
* The default input _requires_ using the Numpad, so laptop users might have to install FF7 on a desktop, start the game, change the keymappings in-game, save, and then copy the file "ff7input.cfg" to their laptop's install directory.
* FF7 relies on the registry for many settings. Make sure you run the game once BEFORE patching it (even though it will crash) because it will start the "config" dialog the first time it is run. Opening the FF7Config.exe will over-write your Registry settings for Aali's openGL driver.
* One of the patches requires winetricks's "vcrun2008", but I haven't been able to isolate which one. Make sure you switch wine's compatibility to "Windows XP" before you install this.
Just a word on the FF7 remix patch: it requires the game to be installed in "C:\Program Files\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII", or it won't update the registry for you. In addition, I found the PATCH's installer buggy on wine. (You can still install the patches manually.)