The original Final Fantasy VII holds a very special place in my heart for being one of the first video games I ever played, and has since remained one of my all-time favourites. Diving into the remake, which Square Enix has been constantly knocking out of the park in its marketing, I was once again met with that same tingling nostalgic feeling that took me back to my childhood, sitting in front of the TV in the late afternoon, anticipating my new adventures with Cloud and the Highwind gang, and not a care in the world. I got all of this in the latest Final Fantasy VII Remake demo without even leaving the menu.
From booting up the demo and witnessing the opening cinematic play out, brilliantly recreated on modern hardware thanks to its bump in visual fidelity, one thing became abundantly clear: I was in for something special. An hour later and the demo completed, this point was just reaffirmed. Square Enix have poured their soul and passion into this remake, making it far greater than your run-of-the-mill, half-baked "new" adaptation. Nostalgia is a powerful thing, but that can't be the sole driving force behind a remake, especially one of this caliber. What has Square Enix done to detach Final Fantasy VII Remake from this stigma?
...the DNA of the original - the soul, spirit and charm of it - remained untouched.
...the introduction of the side characters is far stronger this time thanks to some great character writing and banter.
...for me, [the combat] worked magnificently and felt like a step in the right direction for what a modern turn-based system should evolve into.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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