As we all know by now, a remake of one of the greatest video games of all time is on its way (if you don't know, then shame on you and your family...but not your pets)
Final Fantasy 7! It was released many moons ago, all the way back in 1997. Which on the one hand makes me feel old but on the other just proves how incredible a game it is. So incredible, in fact, that 18 years and 3 generations of Playstation later, they are remaking the exact same game (with expected tweaks of course)
(If you have not played the game, this will probably have spoilers - you have been warned)
Now I will be the first to admit that if you did not play this game all those years ago, you probably won't see why there is so much hype - but for those of us who did, we believe it will be a bigger hit than Knights of the Round!
This game birthed my love of video games. Sure, I played Sonic and Streets of Rage and had fun but this was more than a game. It was like playing a movie. It was a story and it sucked you in.
First off, before the new millennium struck and Y2K ended the world, it proved what the Playstation was capable of, what game designers could do and it set a benchmark. Think about it, it had 3 discs...it carried more data than any game for any console at the time and it was a marvel to watch.
The graphics were fantastic but the characters and the plot - this is what people stayed for and why people remember it. Of course we cannot mention FF7 without talking about Cloud Strife, a most vulnerable protagonist. He was cool, he was tough, with his buster sword in hand he could take on anyone or anything...but he was flawed. He worried what people thought of him, if he was doing the right thing, he had multiple love interests - this was all too relatable to any person who picked up the game. He seemed real, he seemed human...
...and this is why we loved him. Cliches were struck in this game, over and over again but they worked. Of course with any awesome hero there has to be an equally awesome bad guy. Final Fantasy 7 brought one of the most memorable bad guys in gaming history. A man with so much belief in what he was doing he made fundamentalists look like fizzy cola bottles! Sephiroth, was an incredible creation. Even though it was your job, your mission, your goal in life to defeat him, you (the player) always had a whispering voice in the back of your head rooting for him. He was unique in a way that as you learned about your hero and team, you also learned more about Sephiroth. He grew just as much as everyone else....Oh, and he was crazy bad ass, like burned villages down, killing all willy nilly and shit!
The story held these sinister moments, dark and twisted and then it brought you to the other end of the emotional spectrum, to Cloud's very humorous cross-dressing.
It twisted, it turned, It made you think, it made you laugh and there is that one moment...that one memorable moment that made you cry.
Here you are, over 20 hours into a game, you fought and worked hard to get this far. You have leveled your characters, getting them ready for whatever the game has to throw at you. One of these characters, a beautiful, kind soul named Aeris...
...she was always nice and saw the best in everyone. She was also one of the ladies who had a hold on our protagonists heart strings. This made her all the more important. You spent time with her, grew with her, you learned her motivations, she healed your team with her essential limit break, Healing Wind....and then....
...I think this is the moment where everyone fell in love with the game - it proved you could care for pixels on a screen.
This game made you feel. It was probably the first game to do so. It brought you on a journey and I have made that journey many times...I still have a copy of the PS1 game in my house...mind you, I don't think I would save it from a burning building, but I would definitely consider it.
I could literally write all day about this game but I won't because I have stuff to do (seriously). What I will say is that I recommend this game. For its characters, its plot, its music, everything about it is great*
*please note that nostalgia plays a big part in my raving review
I will leave you with a list of reasons why this game is awesome and stood the test of time and also a collection of minimalist posters that were created in its honor!
As always feel free to contact me if you would like to order prints or have some ideas for posters.
Final Fantasy 7 and Why It Is Glorious (bullet form style)
- It brought us a new era of console 3D graphics
- An ever thickening plot with layers of twists and turns
- Deep and relatable characters, you learned about them the more you played
- The unique idea of Materia created a underlying layer of strategy
- Summons - just awesome, from Shiva to Bahamut!
- Chocobos - catch them, breed them, ride them but we were all working for that sought after Gold Chocobo!!!
- Side quests were just as entertaining as the main story line
- Mini games - the Gold Saucer was better than any real arcade
The music was impeccable. Tell me you don't get pumped up when the main boss riff starts!
- As the advert used to say 'Over 100 hours of gameplay" (I beat that by a few years)
- Lets be honest - it was probably the first game to make you cry
I nearly forgot... my opinion - does it need a remake?
Honestly, no. This game is brilliant and is still very playable. But, in saying that I am very excited about the remake. If done right, the modern graphics and technology could bring, what I consider, a masterpiece of gaming to a new light and a new audience. It has the potential to be terrible but the great thing about a remake is that no matter how good or bad the new one is - the original will always live on!
Don't forget, feel free to contact me if you would like to order prints or have some ideas for posters.
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