Finally, after over twenty years, we are getting a proper remake of a much-beloved Final Fantasy title. The remake of one of the best titles in the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy VII was announced half a decade ago. We waited patiently as Square Enix worked with director Tetsuya Nomura and composer Nobuo Uematsu to bring the title back into our modern PlayStations. For those who grew up on the original Final Fantasy VII, the remake brought them back to a better time with better graphics, music, and updated gameplay.
Players follow the adventure of Cloud Strife, a Shinra soldier who joins AVALANCHE. This eco-terrorist group rebels against the game’s main protagonist, the Shinra Corporation, whose primary goal is to siphon energy from the planet.
Final Fantasy VII, along with other Final Fantasy titles, was rumored to be remade for the PlayStation 2 system in the early 2000s. Still, the technology was not up to par at the time. Fortunately, 2015 was the perfect time to start development using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. Instead of working on a remaster, Square Enix decided to work on a complete remake that would introduce new players to the world of Midgar while giving older players the nostalgic feeling of being in Cloud’s shoes again.
The original story of Final Fantasy VII covered multiple discs on the original PlayStation. It looks like the remake is going to go in that same direction by splitting the remake into multiple discs as well. Final Fantasy games are known for being a little on the longer side, and you’re going to spend at least 40 hours on the game. Even without the full story or locations like The Golden Saucer, you’re going to spend a bit of time following Cloud story as he tries to take on Shinra with other familiar faces in Tifa, Barrett, and Aerith. Unfortunately, all of the 40 hours you’re spending in the game is spent on Midgar. You don’t get to explore the world outside the city in this installment. It makes sense to flesh out the city to get the full experience of Midgar. The Final Fantasy VII Remake allows players to spend more time in places like the Slums longer than they did in the original game. The Slums has more side quests than they did in the original game and allowed players to sympathize with the plight of those who lived in poverty under the elite of the top level of Midgar. However, even those who live in squalor don’t agree with the actions of AVALANCHE. It’s nice to see how the game handles the struggles of those who want to save the planet while labeled eco-terrorists, even by the Slums’ denizens. AVALANCHE members who didn’t get a lot of depth in the original are given a more in-depth back story like Biggs, Jessie, Wedge, and other supporting characters. This game really makes you connect with the characters more than you did with the original game.
The most significant change in the remake isn’t the graphics or additional story elements, it’s the combat. The original Final Fantasy VII has slow turn-based combat where you have all the time in the world to make decisions when it’s your turn. Square Enix somehow married this idea into a real-time action game. In the original game, players didn’t have to worry about dodging or countering attacks. However, there is still an element of turn-based combat in the remake’s combat system. When the character’s ATB gauge is full, that’s when players can slow time to perform abilities, items, or cast magic. It takes getting used to since it’s a mixture of slow and fast-paced combat, but players will eventually get used to the strategy involved.
Final Fantasy VII remake is the culmination of everything Square has learned while working on their titles over the years. It feels fresh while feeling all too familiar. The fast-paced combat style started in Final Fantasy XII and was modernized in Final Fantasy XIII. It doesn’t look like the Final Fantasy series will ever go back to the old turn-based combat gameplay, but it’s nice knowing there’s a bit of strategy involved instead of just mashing the buttons until the enemy is dead.
Final Fantasy VII Remake also brought back the materia system. The materia system in the Final Fantasy VII Remake is somewhat of skill tree of sorts, allowing players to customize their characters in a way that fits them. For example, materia can be used to make Cloud a powerful melee damage dealer or focus on casting powerful magic. While Tifa is obviously a melee fighter, she can be given materia to make her a powerful caster. The whole point of the materia system is to allow players to customize the characters the way they see fit while letting them figure out how the synergy of different combinations.
Of course, watching the relationship between an ex-SOLDIER and the people he encounters on his journey is the best part of the game. Well, that might not be the BEST part of the game because you’ll really enjoy a particular scene at the Honeybee Inn. If you thought it was extravagant in the original, then you’ll see one of the best cinematic sequences in any game ever made. When it comes to Final Fantasy VII, there are really no cons other than some less-than-exciting side quests. If we were to give a score to the Final Fantasy VII Remake, it would be a perfect 10 out of 10.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Frequently Asked Questions
- How many copies that Final Fantasy VII Remake sold?
3.5 Million copies of Final Fantasy VII Remake are sold in the first three days launch period.
- What is the release date for Final Fantasy 7 Remake?
March 2, 2020 was the release date of Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
- How many hours is Final Fantasy VII Remake?
40 hours on average to complete the Final Fantasy VII Remake video game.
- What comes with the Final Fantasy VII Remake Deluxe Edition?
Deluxe Edition includes the Final Fantasy VII Remake game, the artbook, the mini-soundtrack, the steelbook and the Cactuar Summon Meteria DLC.
- How much will the Final Fantasy VII Remake Costs?
- Is Final Fantasy VII Remake the full game?
No, Final Fantasy Remake VII is not the full game or whole game. We do not know if Square Enix will be developing more game parts for FF7R.
- Is Final Fantasy VII Remake an open world ?
No, Final Fantasy Remake VII is not an open world game in the traditional sense.
- Can you buy Final Fantasy VII Remake on PlayStation Store?
Yes, you can buy the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Digital Deluxe Edition from the Playstation store.
- Is Final Fantasy Remake in 4K?
Yes, Square Enix confirms that you can run the FF7R game on 4K on the PS4 Pro.
- Is Final Fantasy Remake different?
Yes, besides the main characters Cloud, Aerith, Tifa and Barret the avalanche members Jessie, Wedge and Biggs are getting more play time.