Right guys, so I'm writing this as she's playing across from me.
We went to visit family and I jokingly mentioned she could put FF7 on the PSP and she decided that I needed to do this for her. As of now, we've just visited Aeris's mom after the pillar has fallen.
I've tried to watch as much of her gameplay as possible but I'm not seeing it all. What I have noticed however is her characters are starting to appear overpowered. In a similar vein to the construction site maze, she had some trouble navigating the train graveyard, there long enough to unlock Cloud's Blade Beam. Her battling style is one of pure aggression, she rarely will consider healing party members, instead waiting for them to be a single hit from death before tossing a potion their way. We did have some confusion again over materia but she seems to be rock solid on it now. Equipping weapons and armour still isn't perfect, but she's getting a lot better.
The cross dressing situation was actually not bad. She learned the importance of talking to everyone, and how a single conversation can kickstart the mission. The squats went terrible though I mentioned after the Don picked Tifa for fun times that if you fulfill certain criteria that he will pick you. This has changed her view on the game with her finally realising what the term "replay value" means.
She absolutely tore through Aps, and Reno proved to be little more than an annoyance. To my surprise though she did attempt to remove the pyramid in that fight. Didn't get it right, but the fact that she tried means that she's starting to think outside the box.
She is taunting me about getting close to the 10hr mark but I can't see her giving up yet, especially considering the longest she's been stuck on anything is about 25 mins. Although I can hear the wire climbing music behind me now and am hoping the battery thing doesn't piss her off too much.
Coming up to the Shinra building now, one of my favourite bits in the game, so I'm looking forward to seeing how she deals with it. I'm being called over to do the wire grabbing part now so I'll update again later!