Final Fantasy 7 is a fairly old game in the grand scheme of things, there's no denying that. There have been substantial improvements to the face of gaming since 1997, to the extent where certain titles from this era can feel almost unplayable for some. Therefore, Square Enix will assuredly want to modernize this game in the form of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, but how far should things really go?
We've seen the Final Fantasy series undergo major transformations, it's basically unrecognizable at times! Final Fantasy 15 is an unusual hybrid of Japanese and Western game design - whether this mix will actually work will be decided on its release date. But are the innovations that this new installment is introducing worth transferring to Final Fantasy 7 to modernize it?
Should the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Modernize Itself Like Final Fantasy 15?
There are aspects of Final Fantasy 7 that are going to be updated in this Remake, the question is how much these alterations are going to impact on the essence of the original. Obviously we don't want to see any narrative changes - that'd be devastating. But Final Fantasy 7 does have a very old battle system, one that can be frustrating to use after such excellent advancements in the world of turn-based gaming. So what's going to change?
The gameplay of Final Fantasy 15 blends real-time action with the turn-based beginnings of the series. From what I experienced with the Episode Duscae demo, Final Fantasy 15 is going to need a lot of work in order to perfectly balance these two extremes. Therefore, do we want to see the Final Fantasy 7 Remake completely update its battle mechanics to incorporate real-time elements? Should it stay turn-based, just with some improvements?
Additionally, we're wondering whether areas are going to be expanded upon. More NPCs to chat with, perhaps some additional side quests here and there! We obviously don't want a complete overhaul here, but if they add a ton of extra content onto the original package, it'd be a joy for fans of the game and newcomers alike!
These are probably the two most important aspects we're talking about here. The tone of Final Fantasy 7 is extremely bleak in comparison to the other Final Fantasy games of late. Final Fantasy 15 seems jovial and lighthearted, and we really hope that Square Enix don't hold back from keeping the original atmosphere of VII. We know that a more lighthearted game is an easier sell, but that's not what Final Fantasy 7 was about!
What Do You Want On Release Date?
What we really want for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake is clear: an updated battle system, extended content such as side quests, and larger areas for us to explore. These are the modern aspects that we'd love for it to take from Final Fantasy 15. But in terms of atmosphere, narrative, and blending Western and Eastern game design, keep that stuff for the confused modern installments.