So I wanted to make a thread about the Final Fantasy VII Remake, it’s been fresh in my mind since I’ve been playing a lot of it recently! It’s also a fairly new release, which is always good! So let’s have a little chat about this,
For one, it’s a fantastic game. Genius in a lot of ways, but also scary. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me a little apprehensive for the future. A remake of a game from 23 years ago is always going to come with its ups and downs. For one, the story only covers about a fifth of the story of the original. This means certain parts are padded a little too much while others are fleshed out to a wonderful degree. There are also a lot of changes.
So, first of all, Final Fantasy VII. Released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII was a lot of people’s first experience with the legendary Final Fantasy series. It was a lot of people’s first experience with JRPGs as well, though nowadays you have games like Dragon Quest, Persona and the like to scratch that tch, back then it was really Final Fantasy and Pokemon that boomed in the west. Final Fantasy VII exploded in ways no-one could ever have predicted. It had a massive, insane cultural impact and shaped gaming as a whole after its release.
So of course the remake was going to turn some heads. I can give a few tips to enjoying it, though, to hopefully ease the experience a little for those wanting to get into it!
Tip 1: This Game Does Not Replace the Original
Probably the most important thing to keep in mind, is that this game is not a replacement for the original Final Fantasy VII. While the themes, story beats and messages are all still there, it is a very different game. There are entirely new story segments, new characters, arcs and completely different gameplay. It adds on to the original in a way that completely redefines what a remake can be. However, you also don’t need to play the original to understand this game, which is also good. They compliment each other while never rendering the other pointless, it strikes a wonderful balance.
Tip 2: Despite Being Part 1 of At Least 3, This is a Full Game
As I mentioned, this remake only covers around a fifth of the original FFVII story. As such, a lot of people were wondering if this game actually had the content to make it worth the full purchase. Or whether to approach it as part one of a greater whole. I feel that would be an insult to the care, effort, and craft put into this game. It is absolutely a full game in its own right. You can easily sink 70-100 hours into this game if you go for completion to any degree or want to face off against the harder bosses and encounters of the game. Don’t treat it as part one!
Tip 3: This is an Action Game, First and Foremost
Arguably the most important tip I can give is that while there are real-time strategy elements to FFVIIR, it is an action game first and foremost. It can be easy to get into a habit of stopping time to make decisions, but the game fully expects you to use this sparingly. Positioning properly, making proper use of blocking and buffing, and understanding how mechanics like elemental weaknesses and stagger works is far more important!
Hopefully these little tips help anyone who was interested or on the fence have a better experience with FFVIIR! It us truly a wonderful experience, it exceeded my expectations and completely blew me away!