Season One

Season One: Final Fantasy VII

First Encounter: Season One follows Haney’s journey as he experiences Final Fantasy VII for the first time, falling in love with one of the greatest games ever made. If you miss the excitement of discovering the story Final Fantasy VII, this series was made for you.

Final Fantasy VII Ep. 32: The End

In this episode we conclude season 1 of First Encounter and finish our playthrough of Final Fantasy VII. Thank you so much for being a part of this incredible journey.

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 31: Into The North Crater

In this episode we finish storming Midgar, confront Professor Hojo, learn some horrifying truths, and begin our descent into the North Crater. Thanks for listening!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 30: Return to Midgar

In this episode we finally get to the real story: who is Cait Sith? Oh, and we go to Midgar and fight Scarlet and Heidegger and their Proud creation. Thanks for listening!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 29: The Hunt for the Crashed Gelnika

In this episode Chris loses control of Haney, we plunge the depths of the Gelnika, have a Bone Village of a time, and finally make our way back to Midgar. Thanks for listening!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 28: Holy

In this episode we drive Chris to his very limits, dig for fun and profit, tackle some Weapons, and learn just what Aerith was doing in those fateful moments. Thanks for listening!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 27: Wu-Tai Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit

In this episode we track down that mischievous Ninja, vacation with the Turks in Wu-Tai, settle an old score, and lean into some heavy Vincent good-good. Thanks for listening!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 26: So Long Shinra No. 26

In this episode we employ new navigation tactics, have a real submarine of a time, and shoot for the moon. Well...the Meteor anyway. Thanks for listening!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 25: 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!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 24: 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!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 23: 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!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 22: 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!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 21: 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!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 20: 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!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 19: 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!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 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!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 17: Trying Times at the Temple of the Ancients

In this episode we find an old friend hanging out at the entrance to the Temple of the Ancients, live the life of MC Escher, chase down a Cetra spirit, Indiana Jones our way down a rocky road, meet the Time Guardian and spin his hands before chasing the key guardian. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 16: Date Night & Betrayal at the Gold Saucer

In this episode we boat around revisiting some of the classics, return to the Gold Saucer, borrow the Keystone, get stranded, go on a romantic date, star in a disastrous play, see some fireworks, and have our hearts broken in a serious breach of friendship. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 15: Cloud Strife and the Mansion of Secrets

In this episode go back to Nibleheim, explore Shinra Mansion, ratchet up that death count a few times, say hello to Sephiroth, he wants us to go to his family reunion, check out Rocket Town, and meet Cid, find fan-favorite Palmer, procure our new boat - the Tiny Bronco. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 14: N-N-Nanaki!?!

In this episode we learn the twisted love triangle of the Turks, spy on Tseng and Scarlet, wander into Gongaga village, meet the parents of someone named Zack , find Red XIII’s hometown, learn about his family, and get a lesson on the Lifestream. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 13: Dyne to Meet You

In this episode we catch up to Barret to hear a bit about his past interactions with Shinra and what happened to Coral village. Wander through the desert before meeting the mystery man with the gun on his arm. Learn a bit more about bartender extraordinaire Marlene. Become the hottest up and coming chocobo racer, earning our freedom and a hot new ride.

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 12: Dio’s Funhouse

In this episode we traverse our way through a mountain pass, find an old Mako reactor, discover Barret’s hometown, visit the Gold Saucer, meet the coolest guy on earth, add a new pal who tells our fortune, stumble into a massacre and thrown in prison. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 11: Jenova’s Yacht Club

In this episode we wander around Junon Harbor, send off Rufus, sneak onto his boat, meet up with our friends, discover who’s really running this boat, have a weird encounter with Sephiroth, fight his mom, wander around Costa Del Sol, chat with Hojo, and confront Johnny.

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 10: Getting Choco-Silly with Choco-Billy

In this episode we find a chocobo farm, meet single chocobos in our area, cross a marsh, meet the Turks and their newest member, learn that Sephiroth is heading for Junon Harbor, rescue a girl and her dolphin, perform a fun new marching minigame, and play pretend.

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 9: Those Chosen by the Planet

In this episode we find a guide, fall off the first bridge we can, find the mako reactor, watch Sephiroth fall apart, stand by as Nibelheim burns, follow Sephiroth up Mt. Nibel, and learn he’s the rightful heir to the planet before Cloud wraps up his memory. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 8: Homecoming

In this episode we get to run around the world map for the first time before reaching Kalm. Cloud begins telling us what the deal is between him and Sephiroth. Travel with Sephiroth to Nibelheim and introduce him to our friends. Find Tifa's house and play her piano, rummage through her personals, and stuff some underwear in our back pocket.

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 7: A Bloody Breakout

In this episode we escape jail, follow a bloody path, learn that Jenova has escaped, find Sephiroth’s sword in President Shinra’s back, meet Rufus and beat him up, escape the Shinra building, punch a tank and leave Midgar.

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 6: Where’s Its @#!*ing Head!?

In this episode we jog up some stairs, try out some awful puzzles, spy on a Shinra board meeting, learn about The Promised Land, follow Hojo, discover Jenova, meet a good pupper, rescue Aerith, attempt an escape and go to jail. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 5: Shinra’s Zoning Ordinance

In this episode we navigate our way through the Train Graveyard, race to prevent the plate collapse, visit Aerith’s mom to learn a bit about Aerith’s upbringing. buy some batteries in Wall Market and climb a wire. We jump too soon. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 4: Squattin’ Thighs and Mako Eyes

In this episode we save Aerith from the Turks, have a chat about her old boyfriend, watch Tifa get pulled away by Chocobos, find Wall Market, get a disguise to save Tifa from Don Corneo’s and trudge our way through the sewers. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 3: Hanging by a Moment

In this episode we explore the Sector 7 slums, visit the Beginner’s Hall, hop aboard a train, get found out, hit up the next reactor, set the bomb, fall into a trap, meet President Shinra, fight a big robot, and take a tumble. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 2: Welcome to Midgar

In this episode we dive into the game for the first time, jump off a train, break into a Mako reactor, set a bomb, fight a scorpion, meet our new comrades at their hideout, and get lectured by a new party member. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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Final Fantasy VII Ep. 1: Ne Me Mori Facias

In this episode we introduce ourselves, discuss our history with the Final Fantasy series in general, and talk about what we want to get out of the series before Haney breaks down everything he knows relating to Final Fantasy VII. Thanks for listening to First Encounter!

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