by Joe Juba
The original Final Fantasy VII is one of the most influential and adored games of all time, representing the best storytelling, gameplay, and technology its era had to offer. Its monumental impact on the role-playing genre is hard to overstate – but even harder to replicate in today’s landscape. That struggle between history and innovation is the engine that drives Final Fantasy VII Remake; the legend of the original looms large over it like the metal plates above the slums of Midgar, but this new version refuses to simply exist under a shadow. With smart (and surprising) additions to a classic world and its inhabitants, Final Fantasy VII Remake artfully appeals to nostalgia without being bound by it.
Recreate one of the most popular RPGs ever, including exciting new twists on the combat and setting
The main characters, monsters, and cinematics are all gorgeous. Some of the environments have bland designs and textures popping in, but the issues aren’t pervasive
New music blends well with the revised versions of old favorites, making this an amazing soundtrack. When the dialogue sounds awkward, it’s usually a problem with the writing rather than the voice performance
Combat and exploration usually feel great, but some overly busy battles make it difficult to parse all of the important information
Final Fantasy VII Remake finds a satisfying balance between innovation and tradition, delivering flashy battles and fun systems mixed with nods for old-school fans
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