24 | More Than a Memory

In this episode, the Good-Good keeps on giving as we learn the full details of Cloud's past, just who the black haired SOLDIER was, and exactly where Jenova's head went. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

Welcome to the First Encounter Podcast!

Join Haney’s journey as he experiences Final Fantasy VII for the first time, falling in love with the greatest game ever made. Each bi-weekly talk through is woven with recorded gameplay segments, creating immersive episodes in which you feel the moment’s emotional impact. If you miss the magic of playing Final Fantasy VII, this series was made for you.

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  • 24 | More Than a Memory

    In this episode, the Good-Good keeps on giving as we learn the full details of Cloud's past, just who the black haired SOLDIER was, and exactly where Jenova's head went. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • 23 | Cid Highwind and the Order of the Phoenix

    In this episode we take Captain Cid for a spin, revisit Corel, take a look at Fort Condor and find us some Huge Materia. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • 22 | No Cloud, All Strife

    In this episode we escape from Junon, find yet another mode of transportation, promote Cid, and find Cloud...kind of. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • 21 | Jenova’s Impact

    In this episode we put on our climbing spikes, fight some dragons, jump into the wind, meet the real Sephiroth, and confirm that Cloud is definitely not okay. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • 20 | Cloud Strife’s Pro Snowboarder 2

    In this episode we reach the Icicle Inn, get some good-good Cetra history, rip up the hills with our snowboard, and brave a snowstorm to reach Gaia's Cliff. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • 19 | The Last Cetra

    In this episode we get to the rousing close of part one of Final Fantasy VII, follow Aerith as quickly as we can through the sleeping forest, explore the City of the Ancients, and finally catch up with Aerith only to be interrupted by Sephiroth and Jenova. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • Sidequest: The Ninja and the Jogger

    In this sidequest we take a few minutes respite from the hustle and bustle of chasing Sephiroth to revisit a couple old favorite spots on the world map, and attempt to recruit our old friends, the ninja and the jogger. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • Final Fantasy VII Gift List for Fans by Fans

    As a full-time lover of Final Fantasy VII, I'm constantly catching myself looking out for cool new gifts not only myself, but for other fans who share my feelings for the game and appreciation for it's community. What makes this easier (though harder on the wallet) is the aforementioned Final Fantasy fanbase, full of talented artists who spend their time turning their passion into beautiful music, writing and artwork the rest of us can support.

  • 18 | Sephiroth’s Black Materia Buzz Kill

    In this episode we get a full-on James Bond villain break down of Sephiroth's plan from the man himself, learn what Black Materia is, watch Cait Sith's redemption, lose the Black Materia, possibly lose Cloud, definitely lose Aerith. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

  • Fear & Hunger Review

    Fear & Hunger is a very interesting game that delights in it’s horror and relishes the opportunity to share it with you. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Horror JRPGS, because for some reason they are pretty scarce. At $10 on Itch.io I would say the time spent in the dungeons is well worth the investment.