It’s happening! The most beloved Final Fantasy game of all time is getting a remake. Five years after the announcement, it is now out on the PS4. Don’t know what all the fuss is about? We’ll explain. You’ve already finished FFVII on the original PlayStation and can’t wait to play it again from beginning to end? Hold on, that won’t be possible. And we’ll explain why. But first, let’s take a look at the trailer that sent the Internet into a frenzy five years ago.
What is Final Fantasy VII (Remake)?
Final Fantasy (FF) is one of the premier JRPG (Japanese role-playing game) series in the world that started in 1987 on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The FF community loves discussing the best and worst entries of the series and there always seems to be one particular game that is a contender for the top spot: FFVII.
While you may not know the 23-year-old game itself, you will most definitely know its main protagonist Cloud Strife. The moody mercenary who fights with his iconic giant sword against the mega corporation Shinra has had guest appearances in Kingdom Hearts and even Smash Brothers. Same goes for his arch nemesis Sephiroth, who may well have one of the greatest themes in all of video game history.
And then there’s also a certain flower girl called Aerith. We’re not going to spoil anything (even though this is based on a pretty old game at this point), but let’s just say there’s a moment that has stuck with gamers for all this time. And now the remake. For years (if not for decades) fans had been begging for a remake. Countless false rumours and fakes later, Square Enix did indeed announce it in 2015. It’s coming out this week, exclusively on the PS4. A PC version should come out at some point in the future as well, although no firm release date has been given as of yet.
In its core, FFVII is about a group of friends fighting the earth-polluting system. The developers haven’t changed key elements of the plot that much, as far as we know at least. Thing is: The remake will be released in episodes. The game coming out this week is just the first of several episodes that will release sometime in the future.
So what does this mean? You can’t finish the entire remake just by playing episode one. That might be a bit of a downer for some, but as a plus you’ll be able to see Midgar in a whole new light, as episode one takes place entirely in the iconic starting city. Think a 40h long game in Midgar, instead of the 5h trip on the original PlayStation. The biggest change next to the updated graphics is the battle system. The traditional turn-based combat has gotten a timely upgrade with new real-time mechanics. You’ll control your party members (between which you change on the fly) directly, but familiar elements such as Limit Breaks, summons, spells and combos are still present. Still unsure if you want to get it? Go into the PlayStation Store and download the free demo to try it out yourself.
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