Final Fantasy VII Remake

When they announced they would remake Final Fantasy VII, I was a bit apprehensive. This (along with the original Tomb Raider) was the reason I bought the first PlayStation. I played that game for countless hours and loved it so much it almost hurt. And obviously, the fate of Aerith was one of the more moving moments I’ve experienced in gaming (second only to Journey). I was braced for impact and ready to hate it (which typically impacts the show negatively).

It turned out to be a surprisingly pleasant experience, though by the end I experienced a very minor disappointment when I discovered (not having followed gaming news) that the story takes place only in Midgar, which is only a very small fraction of the original game. It sounds like this is going to be a massive series released on a regular basis.

So here’s what I liked and disliked:

  • Loved the rendering of all characters (and even if Tifa’s breasts aren’t humongous like in the original, they were quite lovely regardless) [+1]
  • The story is good and barely suffers from logical plot holes so often present in Japanese storytelling [+1/2]
  • The combat system and character skill customization is very good. It’s fun to upgrade your character [+1]
  • There’s a lot to do (quests and side quests) [+1/2]
  • The “magic” of Final Fantasy is there [+1/2]
  • While the combat system is great, it’s hard to just roam about and fight monsters; there aren’t enough spots to hunt monsters [-1/2]
  • The replay value isn’t that great [-1/2]

Overall score: 5 (base score) + 1 + 1/2 + 1 + 1/2 + 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 = 7.5

In my scoring system, this is excellent. Once I got started, I couldn’t stop and it only took me 3-4 days to get through a first pass of the game. It’s well worth the money and shows a love of the FFVII brand that is encouraging for the rest of the series.

–Jaycee

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