Date Mechanics is a special extra in the game Final Fantasy VII. The player can decide who takes Cloud Strife on a date with during the party's second plot related visit to Gold Saucer. This is chosen based upon the dialogue choices and actions of the player throughout the game up to that point. Depending on the player's choices, Cloud may go on a date with Aeris, Tifa, Yuffie, or even Barret.
How each character is chosen is based upon a hidden value in the game's code. It cannot be viewed without the use of a cheating device such as a Gameshark. When the game is started, the opening values are:
As the game progresses, these values change depending upon the player's actions. The character with the highest number of points when the date sequence occurs is the one that appears for the sequence. If there is a tie, the game chooses based on priority. Aeris has top priority, followed by Tifa, then Yuffie, then Barret. Aeris is the most likely candidate for the date, but it is not overly difficult to obtain the other two girls as there are several options which very quickly bridge the points gap between starting values- for example, it is possible, in responding positively to Tifa several times at the beginning of the game, to raise her date value above Aeris's starting value before her second appearance.
Throughout the game, characters will ask Cloud various questions. How he answers often affects the value that decides the date. No other action will change the values. These choices are:
After all of these events have been completed by the player, no further alterations to the hidden value can be made during normal play. Upon returning to Gold Saucer, the character will the highest points becomes Cloud's date. It has been reported that the date mechanics also affect a scene later in the game, involving Tifa and Cloud under the Highwind, but this is an error and the results of this scene are dependent on a different value attached only to Tifa, which is modified by her usage in combat throughout the game.
Any optional dialogue with Aeris, Tifa, Yuffie or Barret not noted on this page does not affect the date scene in any way. For example, it does not matter what the player says to Aeris upon waking up in her church, or any of their interactions with the party in Costa Del Sol. Also note that in a few situations where other party members can recieve points, Red XIII never does, even if he is an option. This is because he is not an option to date.
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