In the PC re-release of Final Fantasy VII, defeating the MPs earns the player the "Won 1st Battle" achievement.
They are easy enemies to defeat and use their only two attacks equally, neither being powerful. Due to their low stats, MPs can be killed in one hit, either by normal attacks or magic.
In the full releases of the game, only Cloud (called EX-SOLDIER) appears during this fight, but in the 1996 Demo release, Barret and Aeris join him, despite Barret having proceeded already. The guards also appear differently before the battle; they are a much darker blue, with their masks' features less visible, and their name is Security Troops rather than MP. In a later demo version, Cloud fights this battle alongside Tifa.
If (Self is on the front row) Then
1/2 Chance: Use Machine Gun on random opponent
1/2 Chance: Use Tonfa on random opponent
5/6 Chance: Use Machine Gun on random opponent
1/6 Chance: Use Tonfa on random opponent
Note: The way the AI is programmed suggests that the Machine Gun ability was meant to be a Long Range ability, but it isn't.