Final Fantasy 7 was a game that I arrived to very late. I can vividly recall my friends in school raving about this incredible JRPG they'd experienced - how emotional it was, how beautiful it looked and how they hadn't played a game as satisfying as Final Fantasy 7 in a long time. I had severe reservations about turn-based games when I was younger, so I missed out on it until years later. But I think their reaction is exactly what made this game special.
It was emotional. It moved people in ways they hadn't thought possible from this medium. All of the exclamations that my friend's were making were testaments to that power and emotion of Final Fantasy 7. There haven't been many games quite like it, and E3 this year brought that level of emotion to the surface once more. If there's one thing that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake needs to retain for its release date, it's this connection with its fans.
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Needs to Be the Emotional Journey That Fans Remember!
Things do indeed fade with time. And I wonder how Final Fantasy 7 is going to resonate with those that have never experienced the game. At the time of its release in 1997, it was a groundbreaking and revolutionary title. But since then we've seen so many other games copy what it accomplished. Perhaps its initial power will be diluted for those that have never played it before - some of its best features have been adapted so many times that new may find it to feel jaded.
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake has the difficult task of both pleasing fans of the masterpiece, while trying to capture younger minds with its power. Will this game generate the same emotional response with a younger audience? Will all of the advancements in the industry since this game's release date have affected 7's power? I'd like to think not. Even though I played Final Fantasy 7 many years after its initial release date, I was still impressed and I was still moved.
While fresh graphics and updates to combat and such are welcomed, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake will probably recast the voices of Cloud, Barrett, Aeris, Tifa and so many more. They'll need to ensure that the same emotional delivery and powerful relationships feel as credible as they once did. I'd love to see new players fall in love with this game on Xbox One and PS4, but can this game's power still resonate in the same way?
What Do You Want On its Release Date for Xbox One & PS4?
We know that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be coming to the PS4 first. Whether the XBOX One will be able to join in on the fun is still unknown - though extremely likely. But what do you really want from the release date of this game? When you heard its announcement at E3, what was it that got you excited for it? What are you looking forward to replaying with Final Fantasy 7? Let us know in the comments!