For those that have played Final Fantasy 7, you'll know that the game manages to touch on certain controversial topics. This game actually has some pretty dark and weird moments. The Final Fantasy 7 Remake will hopefully not shy away in its re-representation of these events and themes. Though Square Enix will want to keep the age rating for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake down for sure!
Therefore, what is the likelihood of these particular moments being amended or even cut on the game's release date? Let's take a look at some of the aspects of Final Fantasy 7 that may be a little too controversial, or terrifying, to warrant the age rating it currently holds. If you can think of any more, let us know in the comments!
Will Square Enix Cut These Controversial Moments From the Final Fantasy 7 Remake?
For starters, Final Fantasy 7 introduces you to a rather controversial group of individuals. AVALANCHE, the group that all of our dear friends are members of, are in fact domestic terrorists. At the outset of the game, they are seen destroying energy reactors one after another. It is of course a noble cause, but if you watch the cinematics for the events, you'll see that these explosions take place in highly populated, civilian districts. Naturally, a lot of people must have died from these explosions. The concept of terrorism has dramatically altered since 1997, and I wonder whether moments like this will make it pass censorship! Personally, I hope all of the game's original narrative remains unchanged - after all, we're just looking for a modernisation of a great game, not a new version entirely. But is this too far?
Next up we have Red XIII and his introduction. Do you guys recall this? Do you recall this sequence of attempted rape? In order to save their respective species, a mad scientist is attempting to breed Red XIII with Aeris! Don't know how that makes sense, but anyway! Cloud rushes in before Red XIII has a chance to jump on her in a testing chamber and he apologises for his actions once released...riiight. Wonder how this scene will play out, that animal was clearly excited and dying to pounce!
The portrayal of Cid is one that Final Fantasy fans have loved for years. The man is tough, callous and a complete badass. But let's not forget how he treats his girlfriend, Shera. He verbally abuses her ALL the time, to the extent where she becomes a nervous and reclusive woman. Eventually he realises the errors of his ways, but I wonder how far Square Enix are prepared to delve into this.
One of Square Enix's more famous jokes in Final Fantasy 7 is the carnival sequence, which allows you to go on a date with one of your teammates. The game is built to make it more likely to happen with Aeris, but of the easter egg options is to go along with Barret!
This seems like quite a progressive option for a video game in the 90s to include...but then you realise that it ain't so progressive at all! The Gold Saucer takes one look at the two of you and decides that there's no way the two of you could be a couple. You are promptly laughed at and voted the 1000th couple of the night...not so sure this joke would fly today, or at least it may have to be cleaned up. What do you guys think?
Okay, what is it with this game and rape?! Another famous sequence in the game revolves around the characters making a trip to a brothel. If Cloud enters one of the rooms, he will actually be swarmed by a group of men and taken into a jacuzzi. They then begin to essentially gang rape the poor lad as they jest about the whole affair. Afterwards, you have two replies to the situation when asked how it was, "..." or, "It hurts." JESUS!
The brothel sequence is one that we're all wondering about - how are they going to represent it? Seriously, if they keep this sequence in the game, what is that going to be like?!? The internet will explode, people!
Do You Think These Will Be Included On Release Date?
So there we have it, some rather controversial and peculiar moments that can be seen in the original Final Fantasy 7. I seriously want this game to be respected when the Final Fantasy 7 Remake gets its release date, but should all of these sequences remain? Do you think they'll be altered to appeal to evolving political correctness? Let us know where you stand in the comments below!