‘Final Fantasy VII’ is a very spiritual game; relying heavily on a deep environmental theme that hinges an incorporeal connection with the planet, the game’s experience makes heavy use of a religious/spiritual element in order to convey the importance of the protagonists’ struggles. This is felt the heaviest when the player first arrives at Cosmo Canyon
From the music to the drastic change in scenery, Cosmo Canyon fills the screen with a sense of tribal worship fused with scientific curiosity—much in the same way the game fuses fantasy and science fiction together.
The time spent at Cosmo Canyon is also one of reflection for the characters, and a powerful one at that. Here the characters begin to comprehend the enormity of the struggle they are facing—both against Shinra and the growing threat of Sephiroth.
It’s in the spiritual backdrop of Cosmo Canyon, and the intense tribal heat of the bon fire that Cloud and the rest of the crew face down their future before embarking on it.