What’s Good and Bad About The Final Fantasy 7 Remake

The Final Fantasy 7 remake is on the tip of everyone’s tongue following the new trailer revealed this weekend at the PlayStation Experience.

In case you missed it, watch the new trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 remake.

Here’s what’s good about the Final Fantasy 7 remake:

  • The graphics. They are absolutely stunning. Need we say more? Summoning is going to look insane…
  • The density. One of the reasons they are opting for an episodic release is because, “If we took everything that’s in the original game and remade it at that quality, we couldn’t get it all on a single release,” the game’s original director Yoshinori Kitase told Dengeki Online.
  • Expanded universe? The other reason they are planning an episodic release for the Final Fantasy 7 remake is so that they can release multiple entries. Each entry is rumoured to have its own story and each entry will have the volume of content equal to a full-sized game.
  • Real-time combat. As much as we love it, turn-based combat in RPGs are old hat. Based on the trailer, the people at the helm of the Final Fantasy 7 remake know this and have converted the game’s combat mechanics to something closer to Kingdom Hearts’ combat system. I know I can’t wait to try the Omnislash Limit Break in real-time.

Yet for all the good the Final Fantasy 7 remake appears to have, there are some downsides. Such as:

  • No release date. This remake has been in the works for God knows how long. Maybe it’s irrational but I fear that the longer this project is in development without a firm release date, it could wind up in development hell and eventually get cancelled.
  • Square Enix isn’t developing. That’s right, Square Enix is not developing the Final Fantasy 7 remake. CyberConnect 2 has been entrusted to bring it to life. They are a very capable studio with an impressive resume of games, but it is still kind of concerning that Square Enix would hand off such prized intellectual property to a third-party…
  • It could be a disappointment. I wouldn’t be surprised if we all silently agree that nostalgia clouded our judgement of Final Fantasy 7. But for that to happen, the remake would actually have to come out.

So really, there’s not a whole lot of bad that comes with the Final Fantasy 7 remake. Even if it doesn’t live up to the hype or never comes out, a PS4 port of Final Fantasy VII was published on Saturday, so we can still return to Midgar if we want. I would highly recommend the port because it comes with cheats readily available. Some very useful cheats, mind you. Pressing L3 speeds everything up by three, pressing L3 & R3 turns off random encounters and pressing R3 automatically heals everyone and gives them infinite limit breaks. Perhaps cheating in Final Fantasy 7 is sacrilege, but it at least makes it easier to revisit the 1997 RPG epic without too many migraines.

What do you think is going to be good/bad in the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 remake? Let us know in the comments.


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