Cloud Strife, an ex member of the military group Soldier, is hired for one mission by rebel group Avalanche. Their mission is to save the world from Shinra.

A corporation who supplies the planet with Mako energy and also leads Soldier. The problem with this is that Mako is constantly draining the world’s natural resources. After the mission Cloud joins the team. Even if reluctant. The story mainly revolves around Cloud and his shadowy past.

Although many times, the plot leads off into storylines based on the other playable and non playable characters. This has been one of the main reasons for Final Fantasy’s VII success.