I don't habitually advocate the use of cheats when playing games, especially when playing one of the greatest games ever made, but sometimes it's necessary to play a little dirty.
Final Fantasy VII was undoubtably a masterpiece in its day, but players returning to this classic on their PS4s may well become quickly frustrated with its archaic eccentricities. Namely, the inability to speed up a battle sequence (especially when fights become little more than grinding chores), and the constant barrage of random enemy encounters.
I'm glad Sony hasn't seen fit to remain steadfastly precious about preserving FFVII in the exact state it was released, instead choosing to include some sanity-saving features sure to alleviate these minor nuisances. The two handy button presses you need are below:
L3 - Speeds up time x3
L3+R3 - Turns off random encounters
Check out the 'cheats' in action here:
There's also a third 'cheat' which borders on game-breaking: hitting R3 heals everyone in your party and gives them infinite limit breaks. That's taking it a little too far but the first two, in my opinion, are well worth making good use of.
These time-saving features were originally included in the iOS version of FFVII, which came out earlier this year. Starting last Saturday, you now can download the game on your PS4 – $16 normally, but it's on sale between now and December 13 for just $10.
Does this really count as cheating?