One of the most beloved games of all time is now also the most eagerly anticipated.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the mighty Playstation brand, Sony conducted an extensive fan survey, asking over 10,000 dedicated Japanese gamers "What game would you want a remake of using the latest tech?" Their answer?
Final Fantasy VII !
The the top five list looked like this:
- 1. Final Fantasy VII
- 2. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
- 3. Resident Evil
- 4. Final Fantasy
- 5. Gran Turismo 6
A Worthy Winner
Final Fantasy VII isn't a surprising choice. Squaresoft's highly revered role-playing game was released in 1997 to near-universal critical acclaim, and is considered by many to be one of the best games of all time. Why, then, has it yet to get a high definition remake?
Well, back in February, Yoshinori Kitase - the director of Final Fantasy VII - was asked by Eurogamer about the possibility of a modern remastered version. He said:
If you simply ask me if I personally would like to do that, yes I would. Definitely. There's no lie about it. But you must believe me when I say it would take a lot to happen.
The sound of 10,000 unanimous fans sounds like the 'a lot' he needs to make it happen, not to mention the thousands of others out there waiting for their favorite RPG to get a new lick of graphical paint. Perhaps Kitase has seen the survey and is preparing to get Cloud and co. on PS4!
They've Done it Before, Why Not Again?
Sony has already applied their up-resed graphical paintbrush to the series, remaking two of the games in the The Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster collection, released earlier this year. So, come on Sony - listen to your fans! We want Final Fantasy VII remastered for new consoles!
The Best Playstation Game?
The survey conducted also asked Japanese fans what their favorite Playstation game of all time was, and the results may surprise you. The the top five list looked like this:
- 1. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
- 2. Final Fantasy VII
- 3. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
- 4. Final Fantasy X
- 5. Resident Evil
It's important to bear in mind that Japanese gaming tastes vary significantly from Western preferences, which may explain the dominance of role-playing games on the list.
To celebrate 20 years of glorious gaming, tell us what your top five Playstation games of all time are in the comments!