To many, the news that Sony gifted us all at E3 is one of the biggest announcements the industry has seen in years. Final Fantasy 7 is finally getting a remake for the PS4 - and possibly even the Xbox One if the recent rumours are to be believed. Fans around the world lost their minds over the announcement but it'll be a long wait for a lot all of them.
But why are so many people excited to play Final Fantasy 7 again?
Obviously, the fact that it will be a Final Fantasy 7 Remake will introduce some changes to the original that a lot of die hard fans are going to want to see. Will Final Fantasy be a great game by modern standards? Or is its nostalgic joys that keep it so revered by the gaming community? We'll have to wait and see, but I'm fascinated to see why people love Final Fantasy 7 so much!
Final Fantasy 7 Remake - Why is This Final Fantasy Game Loved Above All Else?
Final Fantasy 7 has been retrospectively seen as the game that made Sony's Playstation a success outside of Japan. Along with that, it's said to be the title that popularised the JRPG genre in North America and Europe. In fact, the popularity of the title led Square Enix to publish various sequels and prequels under the collective title of Final Fantasy 7: Compilation. This game was hugely popular and to this day you'll find it on many gamers top ten lists of best Video Games of all time.
I had a playstation 1 as a kid, but Final Fantasy 7 never caught my eye. I loved Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Rayman and Metal Gear Solid. JRPG's never interested me, mainly due to their turn-based combat mechanics. Of course, all of that has changed, but I lament not having made the decision to play this game as a child - the time when it shook the world.
Rather than examine all of the details that have made Final Fantasy 7 so revered in the gaming community - like its versatile combat system, great art design, compelling characters and top-notch graphics - I'll focus in on the most impressive aspect of the game for me personally: its cinematic and narrative-driven storytelling.
When I first engaged with Final Fantasy 7, all of its combat scenarios or key story moments were followed by glee. Why? Because of the game's astounding cinematics.
Everything I completed was rewarded with a cinematic, and these scenes were remarkable. The level of detail that Square Enix managed to incorporate into these cinematics was inspiring. Gamers became more invested in gaming characters than ever before due to the authentic nature of these scenes. There's a reason that Cloud and his entourage are so adored - Square Enix gave them unprecedented life.
There is so much of Japanese cinema in Final fantasy 7. For instance you can see the influences of the likes of the Anime masterpiece, Akira, especially in the chase sequences on Cloud's bike. If you take a look at Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy 7 side by side, the leap is ridiculous. Therefore, this is a game riddled with nostalgic presence and historical significance in gaming culture. Jumping forward to 2015 now, I can't wait to see how it holds up. Have games equalled its merits since then? We'll have to wait and see!
Will the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Get A Release Date on PS4 AND Xbox One?
According to a recent leak, the PS4 won't be the only console picking up copies of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake though. Check out the XBOX One info here and let us know what you think! What is it about Final Fantasy 7 that you love so much? Let us know in the comments below!