I wouldn't exactly say hype is all that's needed seeing as how tons of people keep buying COD despite the amount of flak it recieves but OoT and FF VII were also good games too and I think that's what helped them ultimately in the end.
FF VII got incredibly ridiculous hype back then. A lot of people were buying a FF game for the first time based on the hype that the media and fans of the series shared before and after the release. It helped tremendously that the game was gorgeous [for its time] and unlike anything that had come before it, what with all the fancy CGI sequences that were a first on that scale on console at the time.
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