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From Ehrgeiz to Kingdom Hearts—The Many Faces of Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife

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In celebration of the release of Final Fantasy VII RemakeFamitsu shared a look at Cloud Strife and his many different appearances throughout the years.

Cloud’s first appearance outside of Final Fantasy VII came from Final Fantasy Tactics which released just months later. Since Famitsu left out Final Fantasy Tactics, I went ahead and added it to start the highlight of Cloud’s guest appearances in other games:

Final Fantasy Tactics

Platform: PlayStation

Release: June 20, 1997

Cloud Strife

A tactical RPG and the first entry of the Final Fantasy Tactics series. Cloud Strife appears as a playable character after protagonist Ramza Beoulve accidentally brings him into the world of Ivalice with an ancient machine known as the “Celestial Globe”.

Ehrgeiz

Platform: PlayStation

Release: December 17, 1998

Cloud Strife

 

A fighting game that first released for arcades in February 1998 and PlayStation by Square in December of the same year. Cloud’s voice actor for the arcade version was Kenyu Horiuchi.  Meanwhile, Nozomu Sasaki voiced Cloud for the PlayStation version. Cloud appeared as a playable fighter alongside Final Fantasy VII‘s Tifa Lockhart.

Kingdom Hearts

Platform: PlayStation 2

Release: March 28, 2002

In the Tetsuya Nomura-directed Kingdom Hearts, Cloud Strife appears at the Olympus Coliseum as a hired mercenary by Hades and even confronts Sora. His design in Kingdom Hearts II is based off his looks from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Even in the Kingdom Hearts games, Cloud continues to go after Sephiroth.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Release: February 16, 2012

Cloud Strife

A rhythm game featuring numerous characters from the Final Fantasy series. An upgraded version titled Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call followed. Last but not least, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: All-Star Carnival for arcades. Cloud appears as one of its many cute chibi Final Fantasy characters.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

Platform: iOS, Android, PC

Release: October 22, 2015

First launched in Japan followed by the rest of the world as an RPG with the theme of a “new crystal story”. Cloud appears in the game as a high-power physical attacker. When his limit gauge fills up, he can dish out heavy damage using his iconic Omnislash move.

Dissidia Final Fantasy

Platform: Arcade

Release: November 26, 2015

Cloud Strife

An action game that lets you play as generations of Final Fantasy characters in 3v3 team battles. The arcade version first launched in 2015 and the game released for consoles as Dissidia Final Fantasy NT in January 2018 for the PS4. The free-to-play version Dissidia Final Fantasy NT: Free Edition also released in 2018. Cloud appears as a heavy-type character who overwhelms opponents with powerful attacks from his giant blade.

World of Final Fantasy

Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC

Release: October 27, 2016

An RPG that takes you on a journey with twin siblings, Reynn and Lann, to the vast land of Grymoire. Players can capture creatures called “Mirages” then customize and evolve them to their liking. Cloud appears as a Champion character who can be summoned to help the twins. Moreover, he helped out those who got involved with a certain incident at the Library of the Ancients.

Cloud has appeared in numerous titles outside of Square Enix properties, including the Super Smash Bros. series from Nintendo and Puzzle & Dragons from GungHo Online Entertainment. Again, he’s appeared in many other titles not mentioned in the article. What are your favorite Cloud Strife appearances outside of Final Fantasy VII?

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available for the PlayStation 4. In case you missed it, check out our earlier playtest that is all about Cloud Strife.

Sato
Gamer, avid hockey fan, and firm believer in the heart of the cards.