For my money, it’s nice to have a smoother looking game after twenty years, because part of the reason I’ve hesitated to return is that I didn’t want to sully the memory of one of my favs. I shouldn’t have worried, though, the instant that music started up I had goosebumps, and despite some language that, in 2019, it’s surprising was left in, this is still one of the greatest games ever made, only now it has even more respect for your time.
Even with no new upgrades, Final Fantasy VII on Nintendo Switch is without a doubt the definitive way to play the game on consoles with the ability to not only play at home, but also take the game on the go.
While it is hard to play on today's hardware contra a 24" CRT TV back in the day, the game still holds up pretty well. Sure, the graphics are very dated, it's not a smooth 60fps, and it's 4:3 and lacks any sort of spoken dialogue etc, the story, gameplay and music are just as good today as they were in 97.
This is a very worthy version of Final Fantasy VII as it originally appeared and still worth playing today. If the few bugs are patched out it’s an even better deal. Whether you want to play it on the Switch with its unique hardware abilities or pay less on a different platform is up to you but I’m glad we even have these options. So it’s a good recommendation and we even got through the review without making a pun about the AVALANCHE of Final Fantasy releases now moving over to the Switch.
Final Fantasy VII is a relic of its time, but that doesn’t mean it’s to be respected any less; if you can look past the obviously antiquated elements, this is a well-paced, engaging RPG that’s still fun to play today – it’s more than worthy of your time.
Is this 22-year-old game worth your time? Absolutely. There’s a reason why it’s being re-released for cutting-edge systems, and if you’re willing to engage with its idiosyncrasies, old-school mechanics and graphics, and interface oddities, there’s a frankly wonderful story that will grab you while also allowing you to understand how many other games it has influenced.
Playing through Final Fantasy VII, it’s easy to see why it was the game in the series selected to be remade. There are some fundamental issues in its overall story and it certainly hasn’t stood the test of time as well as many other titles have, but it still provides a strong base with its engaging cast and it’s easy to see how its steampunk designs would look much better with today’s technology. Final Fantasy VII is worth checking out and offers plenty of entertaining moments, but it’s going to be appreciated by those looking at it with rose-tinted nostalgia far more than anyone picking it up for the first time.
The atmosphere of the game is still as magical as it was back then.
You have to wonder though why they stuck with the old translation, which is abysmal. All dialogs are borderline incoherent to the point where I assume that the translator had to work without any context - it reminds a lot of Google Translate. Also, I think they accidentally mixed up some of the lines. You still get what is going on, but there is no flow or character in the storytelling.
Besides that, it is a lot of fun to see how Square went nuts testing out all the possibilities of the new platform, and how that playfulness and creativity is still apparent today. However, being less blown away by its tricks and effects, the game feels imbalanced today:
Strong emphasis on a story - which is told in an incoherent way. Tons of mini-games and short action sequences - but they suffer from clunky controls and often lack balance and pace. An abundance of items, equipment and magic, and an interesting concept of how they interact with each other - yet most of it is utterly useless in battle.
Still a great game, but I have to admit that the appeal for me is nostalgia and technical fascination. It does not hold up as well as the older Square greats like FFVI, Secret of Mana or Chrono Trigger, which I believe I would enjoy if I played them for the first time today. With FFVII, I am not so sure.
Arranca fuerte en sus primeras 10 horas y poco a poco se empieza a diluir en las 40 horas qué le siguen, ofrece mucha variedad con su sistema de "materias" aunque habrá que grindear mucho para tenerlas a un nivel descente.
Nostalgia brought me back to this game but, nostalgia couldn’t save this game, as about halfway I got tremendously bored and had to use a Nintendo boost to get me through the rest of it. Everything felt meaningless and annoying. I’m sure the game was amazing to me back in 97 as I was only 8 but in 2022 at the age of 33 this game is pretty lame
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You take on the role of Cloud Strife, an ex-soldier of the evil Shinra corporation, who joins AVALANCHE as a selfish mercenary,...