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  1. Apr 22, 2020
    9
    tl;dr : The game is amazing and really worth the wait/purchase price!

    Years of waiting, fears and doubts we're blown out of the water for me with the release.... The music, the story, graphics and gameplay are just amazing! Yes it has texture issues... but that doesn't take away from the entire experience... All I can say is that I cannot wait for part 2... Its scary what will happen
    tl;dr : The game is amazing and really worth the wait/purchase price!

    Years of waiting, fears and doubts we're blown out of the water for me with the release.... The music, the story, graphics and gameplay are just amazing! Yes it has texture issues... but that doesn't take away from the entire experience... All I can say is that I cannot wait for part 2... Its scary what will happen from here on out after the ending and how this wil tie in to the next parts of this game...

    A must have for me, but perhaps not everybody. Thank you to everyone who made me cry with happiness playing this game and stare with longing whilst the credits rolled past. Thank you.
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  2. Apr 11, 2020
    10
    A refreshing breath of air into a timeless classic. Far more than a simple remaster, yet it holds on to elements of the original that made it great. This is absolutely the must-play game of the year, whether you loved the original, or are playing the game for the first time.
  3. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is beyond next-level in terms of visual, gameplay, story. Some glitches with camera, but overall truly immersive. So called padding material is really geared for those new to FF7 and gets players slowly built up and emotionally invested in the world and its characters, all games have them. And the injected extra angle with fate really perks up the novelty of what is a 23-year old game, maybe we can save Aeris/Aerith after all. SE deserves kudos and support for this project, there's so much TLC evident in this first chapter. Expand
  4. Apr 18, 2020
    10
    I genuinely feel bad for people that didn't enjoy this game because the story deviates slightly from the original, rather than being identical to the original but with updated graphics. FF7 Remake seems to be halfway between a remake and a sequel, and I for one am very ok with that. FF7 the original is one of my favorite games of all time. I've been wishing and waiting for the remake forI genuinely feel bad for people that didn't enjoy this game because the story deviates slightly from the original, rather than being identical to the original but with updated graphics. FF7 Remake seems to be halfway between a remake and a sequel, and I for one am very ok with that. FF7 the original is one of my favorite games of all time. I've been wishing and waiting for the remake for like twenty years. I didn't even think it was going to be good! For the game to come out and be pretty fun, as well as being pretty faithful to the original is nothing short of a miracle. If part 2 is even almost as good I'll be thrilled. Everyone that gave this game a bad rating is being picky. If you didn't want them to change anything, you should just go play a remaster of the 1997 game. Expand
  5. WYY
    Apr 12, 2020
    10
    Graphics are top notch, combat is very thrilling and exciting... cant wait for ff7r part 2
  6. Apr 15, 2020
    10
    This is one of the best JRPG I have ever played and believe me I have played a lot. This game has everything in a story, funny moments, haunted chapters that give goosebumps, it got it all, even mini-games feel good, My whole family is doing the exercise mini-game in the gym to beat my high score. You feel attached to the characters and feel the need for the urgency to take down bad peopleThis is one of the best JRPG I have ever played and believe me I have played a lot. This game has everything in a story, funny moments, haunted chapters that give goosebumps, it got it all, even mini-games feel good, My whole family is doing the exercise mini-game in the gym to beat my high score. You feel attached to the characters and feel the need for the urgency to take down bad people because you care for characters. I have never played original but once I complete i am going to start that, as I need more of Cloud Strife. Expand
  7. Apr 15, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was in love with this game from start to about the last couple hours of the game. The team at Square Enix did everything right to retell the story from Midgar in a modern way. The battle system is on another level and in my opinion has set a new standard for the genre. The pacing was also on point, it never really had slow spots. I was going to give it a perfect score until the end. Not to say I’m infuriated by it, but the original made a big impact on me and I was really looking forward to the almost 1:1 remake. But if they put as much effort into the next installments as this, I have no doubt they will succeed. Expand
  8. Apr 15, 2020
    10
    Many thanks to the developers. Your remake amazed me and brought me back to childhood. I liked absolutely everything! There were so many tears from the music ... I enjoyed every second of the game. The combat is striking in its beauty, just the choice of matter and their grouping with weapons gives a lot of variability in battle. Hopefully soon there will be a continuation of this amazingMany thanks to the developers. Your remake amazed me and brought me back to childhood. I liked absolutely everything! There were so many tears from the music ... I enjoyed every second of the game. The combat is striking in its beauty, just the choice of matter and their grouping with weapons gives a lot of variability in battle. Hopefully soon there will be a continuation of this amazing game. I'm really looking forward to it. Expand
  9. Apr 15, 2020
    10
    This is the most interesting RPG I've ever played, Everyone thought it was a "remake", but after you complete the game, you will find that's not a simple "remake", the death of Aerith made me sad for such a long time, i always wanted a different ending, now my wish gonna be true because of square enix, this makes me exciting, I'm looking forward to chapter two.
  10. Apr 15, 2020
    10
    The game is a bliss to play, watch and listen. The OG moments will wash you with nostalgia, while the new and re-imagined bits will arouse your curiosity for what is to come. Square Enix faced boots the size of an ocean, filled them completely and sprinted into running with them. Never believed I would get to experience this in my lifetime. One can only wish that the next part will notThe game is a bliss to play, watch and listen. The OG moments will wash you with nostalgia, while the new and re-imagined bits will arouse your curiosity for what is to come. Square Enix faced boots the size of an ocean, filled them completely and sprinted into running with them. Never believed I would get to experience this in my lifetime. One can only wish that the next part will not take too long to arrive. Expand
  11. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    Me esperaba mucho menos de este remake. Realmente me ha sorprendido. Opino que se ha adaptado el juego original con mucho respeto y cariño.
  12. Apr 15, 2020
    10
    Realmente hermoso, muy nostálgico para los old school, buen gameplay, excelente apartado artístico, y muy disfrutable de igual forma para todos. 10/10 GOTY
  13. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I loved this game , it was a amazing start for the rest of the journey and left me begging for more and wanting to know what happen next even though i played the original. I think that what we see is that the end is just another way the things could have go , like zack not dying , but no things will go the way of the original , and the whole defeating the whispers was so you could stop shepirot and the visions cloud and the gang see are indeed the future but they just see glimpses so they dont fully understand , aerith was scared to go against the whispers because she knew she would have to sacrifice herself , and the bit in the end show us that she can see the past and the alternate time lines and she chose the one where she sacrifices her self over the one where she would stay in midgar underneath the steel sky , its obvious things are a little different sure but we didn't have the whispers in the first game , and they were created so that part 1 would give some closure so dont be afraid that they gonna change the end or aerith dead they won't but they leaving crisis core and the others spins offs aside , and things might not go as you expect but the keys moments will remain the same dont jump to conclusions Expand
  14. Apr 20, 2020
    10
    Phenomenal. Everything has been brilliantly and breathtakingly recreated. The battle system is so fun and fairly challenging on normal. The music is gorgeous. It is everything I wanted out of a remake in more.
  15. Apr 14, 2020
    10
    Most faithful remake I ever played. I loved each part of it. It made me giggle to see the little nods and reimagination of things. The little additions makes sense and not just padding. The ending isn't bad but just felt like an OVA of an anime without changing a lot of stuff. Lots of time this game made me cry. This is absolutely beautiful. Part 2 soon please square!.
  16. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    I absolutely loved this game. I enjoyed getting to know more characters, especially Jessie and Midgar as a whole. I was depressed when the game ended and immediately wanted to go back. Not sure why all these other folks are rating the game 0, but Square Enix did a fantastic job to me and I can't wait to continue the journey. So what if the game diverts from the original by changing theI absolutely loved this game. I enjoyed getting to know more characters, especially Jessie and Midgar as a whole. I was depressed when the game ended and immediately wanted to go back. Not sure why all these other folks are rating the game 0, but Square Enix did a fantastic job to me and I can't wait to continue the journey. So what if the game diverts from the original by changing the future, I still enjoyed the game! Expand
  17. Apr 13, 2020
    9
    In all, this game is absolutely amazing. Combat is great, graphics look stunning, music is excellent and the voice acting is perfect. Then the overall gameplay, the fan service, the atmosphere of the game and the nostalgia trip is just a jaw dropping experience for all fans of FFVII, only derailed by small "filler" material and the controversial ending.
    I don't mind any of the minor
    In all, this game is absolutely amazing. Combat is great, graphics look stunning, music is excellent and the voice acting is perfect. Then the overall gameplay, the fan service, the atmosphere of the game and the nostalgia trip is just a jaw dropping experience for all fans of FFVII, only derailed by small "filler" material and the controversial ending.
    I don't mind any of the minor changes! I love the depiction of all the characters in the game! The main cast, Avalanche members, Red XIII, the higher ups at Shinra, all of them!
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  18. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    best game ever made this remake elevates the old ff7 to new heights. Hands down, the top 3 best games I have ever played.
  19. Apr 15, 2020
    10
    It's freaking amazing))) one of the best games of the last time, considering that the previous one was pretty mediocre kind of game ff7 remake turn out to be a really good game and the open world absence is only beneficial. Good music helps to convey the atmosphere))
    Fight can be very intense and you definitely don't let you get bored
  20. May 1, 2020
    10
    Truly amazing! Stayed true to the original whilst still making it feel very fresh. The characters are so well made and more personal than the originals. A remake done right!
  21. Apr 13, 2020
    10
    TLDR: One of the best games I have ever played!

    The writing is fantastic! The characters are brilliant! The gameplay is top notch! The graphics are amazing! The soundtrack is absolutely phenomenal! The cutscenes are mind-bogginly amazing! The encounter and enemy design are outstanding!

    Don't miss out on this incredible, fascinating and marvelous experience. B U Y I T NOW! :D
  22. Apr 21, 2020
    10
    For me playing this game was so emotional, after playing then original when I was only 11 years old. They have created a masterpiece and done an amazing job, yes changed pieces but I'm excited in what's to come. This is the game of the generation for me. Thanks square x
  23. Apr 13, 2020
    10
    Le plus beau Remake jamais réalisé!
    Mention spéciale pour la BO et là DA!
    Vivement la suite!
  24. Apr 22, 2020
    9
    When I had dreamt of a FF7 remake, this is mostly it, at least for part 1. The gameplay is amazing, the visuals, backgrounds and characters are amazing, and the story is mostly amazing, all that to me is a 9 out of 10, but I have some gripes with the game...

    Major gripes: - Changes to the already perfect music, with the new renditions often being in different styles with parts removed
    When I had dreamt of a FF7 remake, this is mostly it, at least for part 1. The gameplay is amazing, the visuals, backgrounds and characters are amazing, and the story is mostly amazing, all that to me is a 9 out of 10, but I have some gripes with the game...

    Major gripes:
    - Changes to the already perfect music, with the new renditions often being in different styles with parts removed and added that just don't sound nearly as good, nor do they fit, and anytime I heard the beginning of one of the classic songs, I would get pissed shortly after because of the changes made in it. There are some exceptions, but at least let me choose between the old song renditions and the remake renditions, with any new songs added still in both modes.

    -Time/whisper story aspect, I won't go into further detail so I don't spoil, but this isn't Kingdom Hearts, don't make it like Kingdom Hearts...

    Minor Gripes:
    - Sephiroth is less menacing because of the changes

    - English voices don't fit most characters, nor do I think they were acted well (sorry, some needed better direction), but I switched to Japanese and that solved all problems

    - Farming experience is way too easy at chapter 9+, too much of a breeze and we're only on part 1

    - Lots of open areas, and areas added, but lack of treasure, I'm mostly talking before chapter 9, and I'm not asking for insane rewards, or anything I just want to feel rewarded for exploring, not walk several minutes off the path only to get nothing, FF7 felt much better with that

    I did list a lot of gripes, but everything else really did make up for it, the combat and boss fights especially, and there is honestly no way to accurately express how much the original FF7 has impacted my life, its such a perfect experience and this remake hits very, very close, with some parts being even better and just being able to play Cloud in this way is a dream come true, so thank you, I greatly look forward to the rest if I'm still alive that is (3-6 yrs is a long time, also please remake FF8 after :))
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  25. May 4, 2020
    10
    Played on PS4 Pro. Platinum'ed.
    Gameplay: AWESOME
    Graphic: AWESOME
    Story: GREAT
    Music/Sound : AWESOME
    Dialogue/Voice Acting: GREAT
  26. Apr 15, 2020
    9
    Your probably looking for negative reviews, but just remember that 90% of them are from Salty Purist. This game not only brings new life into the final fantasy 7 universe, but it also revitalizes the series in its entirety. A combat system that takes action and turn based and twist them into a beautiful fresh system, cutscenes that nearly rival advent children, and a cast of characters newYour probably looking for negative reviews, but just remember that 90% of them are from Salty Purist. This game not only brings new life into the final fantasy 7 universe, but it also revitalizes the series in its entirety. A combat system that takes action and turn based and twist them into a beautiful fresh system, cutscenes that nearly rival advent children, and a cast of characters new and old that bring alot to the table. People will say the ending is as confusing as kingdom hearts, but as long as your paying attention it's not hard to understand what's going on, there may be a question or two of "what happens next?!" But that's to be expected. The reason I dont give it a 10 is because there are a couple things that could be cleaned up like some textures and maybe a couple boss fight mechanics. At the end of the day this game is a top shelf game, sitting at about 40 hours for 100% on normal and about 20/25 for a run of just the story. Expand
  27. Apr 13, 2020
    10
    The original was an important part of my childhood and so I looked forward to the remake with careful anticipation. Expecting to be disappointed but still pre-ordered to get back in to the world at the earliest opportunity.

    Wow, my life was not my own as i plunged most of the waking day into exploring this beautifully remade story. Now watching the credits 4 days(30 played hours) later
    The original was an important part of my childhood and so I looked forward to the remake with careful anticipation. Expecting to be disappointed but still pre-ordered to get back in to the world at the earliest opportunity.

    Wow, my life was not my own as i plunged most of the waking day into exploring this beautifully remade story. Now watching the credits 4 days(30 played hours) later and not even having explored the post game material which the developers have definitely lovingly crafted, i can honestly say this is the best game ever made.

    You may be a fps master or a strategy nerd or even wander the vast worlds created by other games but you will never feel the things this game makes you feel. Add to that the masterful way the game works. I do not believe anybody would be disappointed in there purchase if they choose to enter this masterpiece either for nostalgic reasons or because you want to learn for yourself what all of the fuss is about, all I will say is have your tissues ready!!!.

    Late addition to this review after reading some of the others and just a few sentences in response to them - The story was always going to be fleshed out, I'm not sure if you are actually disappointed with the changes or you would just like to sound intelligent by suggesting that they don't fit with what is to come(i.e. part 2,3...) The ending wasn't too dissimilar to the OG and I'm not sure how you can decide that it is going to ruin something that doesn't even exist yet, now I command all of you remakeoaners to go and replay this fantastic game for what it is and if it doesn't quite fit in later on, then gripe but don't take the enjoyment away from yourself now because you are assuming the worst!!!!
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  28. Apr 20, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. SPOILERS!!! Brilliant game! Beloved characters displayed in more depth than ever before, great combat, visuals, and creative direction. The combat is extremely smooth and easy to pick up, very reminiscent of the Kingdom Hearts series, whilst still standing on its own. The visuals are breathtaking, truly bringing Midgar and its citizens to life. The added length to this part of the story allows for more in depth character moments, and prolonged interactions to build relationships. I honestly do not understand the mixed/negative reactions towards this games ending, I would have been perfectly happy with a straight up Remake off the original game, but the prospect off seeing this story play out differently, different character fates, interactions, endgame material, is beyond exciting! The original game will always be there, and it tells an amazing story on its own, but with this new series we could get something equally as great, whilst being completely new using the same wonderful characters. Expand
  29. Apr 16, 2020
    8
    POSITIVE:
    +1 Perfect battle system
    +1 Main characters design
    +1 Shinra areas design
    +1 Respectable music (no better than the original FF7)
    +1 Diverse strategy
    +1 New bestiary
    +1 New optional missions
    +1 Quantity of content (Quantity > Quality)

    NEGATIVE:
    -1 Graphics in open areas, pre rendered graphics and general NPC characters desing for PS2
    -1 NOMURA'S FU**** GHOSTS EVERYWHERE
  30. Apr 21, 2020
    9
    Another GOTY contender for this year, i really enjoyed i never played the original so i didn't care much about the changes in the story but i didn't like the final chapter, it was a KH final battle completely unnecessary, i hope that even if i didn't play the original i would prefer to experience the original story and not a new one. But nonetheless i loved the gameplay, the music was oneAnother GOTY contender for this year, i really enjoyed i never played the original so i didn't care much about the changes in the story but i didn't like the final chapter, it was a KH final battle completely unnecessary, i hope that even if i didn't play the original i would prefer to experience the original story and not a new one. But nonetheless i loved the gameplay, the music was one of the best this generation, and the graphics were outstanding. I fell in love with Tifa's abs tbh Expand
  31. Apr 22, 2020
    10
    Lo jugué por unas 5 horas, teniendo en cuenta que el original FF7 lo jugué en el PSOne, fue el primer juego que tuve y desde ahí lo único que juego son JRPG... mis impresiones son las siguientes:

    Gráficos !0/10 Es increíble lo bonito que se ve este juego, se ve bastante realista en todo momento, la iluminación de los objetos es fantástica... te hace sentir que estas literalmente dentro
    Lo jugué por unas 5 horas, teniendo en cuenta que el original FF7 lo jugué en el PSOne, fue el primer juego que tuve y desde ahí lo único que juego son JRPG... mis impresiones son las siguientes:

    Gráficos !0/10
    Es increíble lo bonito que se ve este juego, se ve bastante realista en todo momento, la iluminación de los objetos es fantástica... te hace sentir que estas literalmente dentro de Midgar, antes sólo se podía imaginar. Ahora es una ciudad viva con habitantes y sentimientos que hacen más realista el juego.

    Música 10/10
    La música se funde perfectamente con las escenas de acción y con los combates, los arreglos que le hicieron a las canciones originales suenan excelente y son un giro fresco y moderno al juego. Me gustó bastante la opción de encontrar discos de música a lo largo del juego como coleccionables. Tengo la edición Deluxe y trae un minisoundtrack que estoy disfrutando bastante.

    Historia 7/10
    Aunque ya nos sabemos la historia de este juego, creo que para los que no lo han jugado puede resultar un poco confuso pues no explican bien muchas cosas y sólo son escenas como flascbacks de el pasado de los personajes. Creo que falta más explicación ya sea contada o a manera de documentos coleccionables que lo cuenten. Entiendo que con todo lo que han agregado y la gran cantidad de gráfico, la historia tenga que contarse por capítulos; es algo de lo que no podemos esperar de otra manera debido a la inmensidad de este proyecto que limita a los desarrolladores y siempre será un pequeño defecto de esto: la entrega por partes.

    Jugabilidad 9/10
    Yo sólo juego JRPG gracias a este juego en primer lugar, y estaba escéptico del modo de juego que han colocado en las últimas entregas de la saga (los cuales no he jugado por que no me llaman la atención). Sin embargo ya jugandolo, SE SIENTE como un JRPG... hay un ATB (active time battle) como en el original a manera de turno el cual se acumula y puedes elegir la acción de cada personaje como si fuera un menú típico de un JRPG. Las batallas son acción pura, pero la jugabilidad tiene integrada perfectamente los menús de un JRPG. Es increíble.

    Veredicto final 10/10
    Es un juego increíble, los fans de antaño no quedarán decepcionados. Es sencillamente espectacular y estaré esperando las siguientes partes.
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  32. Apr 15, 2020
    8
    Before this game released, I was a huge skeptic and naysayer. I thought there was no way you could squeeze a full length game into what was essentially just the prologue of the original and not have the pacing butchered one way or the other. I thought the action combat would water down the RPG elements of the game (like it did in FFXV). But I gotta hand it to them, Square Enix reallyBefore this game released, I was a huge skeptic and naysayer. I thought there was no way you could squeeze a full length game into what was essentially just the prologue of the original and not have the pacing butchered one way or the other. I thought the action combat would water down the RPG elements of the game (like it did in FFXV). But I gotta hand it to them, Square Enix really blew my socks off. The expanded story elements, the deeper character development, and yes even the sprinkled in side quests all made for a far richer experience than I thought was possible. I admit I was wrong, and a closer inspection of Cloud and the gang’s time in Midgar absolutely warranted the closer inspection. But in the end Square Enix always finds a way to disappoint, and the last act of the game just unfortunately gets too carried away with itself. And for me it did sour the overall experience. I’m glad I did experience the game myself though, after almost passing on it completely. It’s still an amazing game, and something I will certainly replay a few times. But even after winning me over completely, I once again feel skeptical about how the rest of the game will be handled. Expand
  33. Apr 21, 2020
    9
    the team nailed the game, expand it exceed everyone expectation..the combat is amazing, tons of well designed boss fight with cinematic cut....the level design is great although the level area bit repetitive..the music is amazing as always..cinematic is awesome..it feels like i playing sony's single player game ..bit downside is side quest is just like poor fetch padding..since the questthe team nailed the game, expand it exceed everyone expectation..the combat is amazing, tons of well designed boss fight with cinematic cut....the level design is great although the level area bit repetitive..the music is amazing as always..cinematic is awesome..it feels like i playing sony's single player game ..bit downside is side quest is just like poor fetch padding..since the quest is little, they atleast should give more storyline attention..everything is great,wish there more location but understanding the original what we have is overall is satisfying...but the ending is convulted kingdom heart cluster trainwreck fillers...those things kind of out of place in vii universe... last 30 minute ruined not only 90% of whole game, but also ruined the legacy, betrayed fans, devs, and the game itself..why fans want remake at first place? hope they understand why and take lesson from star wars..the ghosty things arent contributing to the story, it distrupt the scene..never enjoyed each moment those things appear...dumb idea from writer...hope they stop doing this for sequel..its like the devs crafted tonnes of diamond but one of them throw a pile of **** towards it...the game design foundation already being laid upon they need to increase the scope with bigger open area for next iteration..it could get higher score and deserve goty if not so for these dumb 'twist' ending despite minor problem like lazy quest and low res texture problem..the devs better thread carefully for next installment Expand
  34. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    All the 0 rated reviews so far are people who failed to even understand what this remake project was. The remake is the first portion of the original game due to how big the original game was. The developers really wanted to add to the experience that's why they've added so much more lore and events!

    The Remake has genuinely improved on the original by fleshing out the story and the
    All the 0 rated reviews so far are people who failed to even understand what this remake project was. The remake is the first portion of the original game due to how big the original game was. The developers really wanted to add to the experience that's why they've added so much more lore and events!

    The Remake has genuinely improved on the original by fleshing out the story and the characters especially! The music is something else too... some of the best arrangement I've heard in a long time!
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  35. Apr 10, 2020
    4
    All Square Enix needed to do was follow the script's core beats, and flesh it out, while fully realizing the setting's world, ambiance and characters. For about half the game, they actually achieve this. It's a joyful, nostalgic trip to Midgar, with Avalanche growing dear to your heart all over again. Tifa and Aerith are stunning in their added depth and interactions with the rest of theAll Square Enix needed to do was follow the script's core beats, and flesh it out, while fully realizing the setting's world, ambiance and characters. For about half the game, they actually achieve this. It's a joyful, nostalgic trip to Midgar, with Avalanche growing dear to your heart all over again. Tifa and Aerith are stunning in their added depth and interactions with the rest of the cast. Infiltrating Don Corneo's abode had me laughing at just how good it was.

    But the further the story progressed, the harder did Nojima and Toriyama deviate from the original's story and developments. From introducing core villains, whose presence was supposed to be felt as a looming dread, without fully unveiling them yet, far too early over additions of fate ghosts to a completely absurd, rewritten ending that pulls everything into question while making it clear that no, this is not a Remake, but a reimagining, a reboot, with the publisher opening the next part up to being whatever they wish it to be (or is easier to produce than a faithful sequel), the so-called Remake is a massive letdown.

    I was ready to adore this game. Cautiously optimistic ever since they announced it, being of the old guard that had been wishing for a faithful remake for a decade before the announcement dropped, I wanted to love it. For a good amount of hours, I actually did. It is a great shame that they decided to abandon the script in favor of Nojima's prime storytelling device (not to spoil things directly, but if you look at a list of games he's written for on Wikipedia, you'll be able to tell what most of them have in common...).

    The real tragedy of this first part of the "remake" really is that they did nearly everything right for so much of the game. From adding sidequests to flesh out the Sector 7 slums and their inhabitants, adding dialogue, making a real show out of the Honey Bee manor, speeding up some tedious parts while allowing further exploration in others. Graphically, the game looks absolutely stunning and I am ready to consider the main cast here to be the definitive versions, the best overall designed and authentic renditions. The music is for the most part incredibly well arranged from the original Uematsu tracks, although the new tracks fall short on a stylistic level. Added characters and comedic relief work in the game's favor at the point they occur, before everything comes tumbling down to crash and burn.

    It left me asking myself whether these changes were intended from the start, or were taken as a get out of jail free option when Square Enix's executives realized just how expensive the full game would turn out being, if they kept the same level of detail and interaction throughout all we remember from the original. It's almost like they put so much of their budget into the first half, they couldn't possibly maintain this scope for future zones, cities, dungeons and the like. Abandoning the original makes sense on some level, considering that, especially when it comes with a sort of justification to do things differently with part 2. The problem is, that none of these full rewrites are good. They're fanfic-level absurdities that fail to grasp what made the original beloved in the first place. It's as if they didn't truly understand why fans wanted a remake, or what they expected of it. Maybe they figured that sales of Kingdom Hearts 3 indicated that people wanted more of that absurd type of modern Square Enix storytelling? I'm grasping at straws here, trying to somehow understand what made this company throw one of their most highly valued and cherished title into the river to drown any future expectations.

    If I had Nojima's timey wimey powers vested within me, I would like to turn back time to the moment that the relevant staff at Square Enix decided to make these fatal decisions, and force them to defy fate. I wished this game nothing but success, but this company has once again managed to disappoint and, in a sense, infuriate. My biggest fear is that the rewrites will tarnish the original's legacy, especially for the newcomer audience that expected to hop into it with no prior experience. To them, it'll feel very disjointed, but probably cool due to the way it looks and plays. They won't be able to grasp what made the original a classic for the ages, however.
    That's a shame.
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  36. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    Fantastic game. An unrivaled soundtrack, incredible story with fantastic character development and expansion from the original. Amazing gameplay system, truly epic multi phased boss battles, great voice acting all around and amazing graphics (although there are a few classic unreal engine 4 texture issues here and there). Beside from the aformentioned point, and there being an almostFantastic game. An unrivaled soundtrack, incredible story with fantastic character development and expansion from the original. Amazing gameplay system, truly epic multi phased boss battles, great voice acting all around and amazing graphics (although there are a few classic unreal engine 4 texture issues here and there). Beside from the aformentioned point, and there being an almost unnecessary filler section (return to the sewers) this game is unbelievably good. Truly an emotional experience, especially for those so heavily effected and invested in these characters and the original game. Expand
  37. Apr 13, 2020
    10
    This game is phenomenal. Square Enix has knocked this game out of the park. There are minor issues that will be fixed such as low resolution textures on rusted metal or wood. This was my only complaint while playing the game. I originally played FF7 back in 1997 when I was 12 years old and it has remained one of my favorite games of all-time. The Remake does an incredible job of re-tellingThis game is phenomenal. Square Enix has knocked this game out of the park. There are minor issues that will be fixed such as low resolution textures on rusted metal or wood. This was my only complaint while playing the game. I originally played FF7 back in 1997 when I was 12 years old and it has remained one of my favorite games of all-time. The Remake does an incredible job of re-telling the story we all loved in a much more dynamic way. Some of the story has been changed, but all major events remain the same. The ending of the game has come under high levels of criticism, but don't let the hate fool you. There is a lot of missing information from part 2 and any other parts beyond that that will determine what the events at the end of part 1 mean. If you are a purist you will not enjoy some of the changes, but the majority will really enjoy them and leave people talking about it for a long time to come.

    The Good:
    -One of the best battle systems SquareEnix has ever produced
    -Multiple difficulty levels (after completing the game it opens up a hard mode that locks using any items at all.)
    -The world and characters are gorgeous
    -Every single boss battle is engaging and tuned to optimal difficulty
    -The weapons upgrade system makes all weapons viable to use
    -Every character has a unique design to them and all of them feel incredibly satisfying to play and master

    The bad:
    -Quite a few textures are low resolution and can be quite jarring at times
    -The ending of the game will be controversial to say the least
    -I 100% completed the game at normal difficulty in about 40 hours which is a bit on the short side

    All-in-all I rate this game a 10/10. The good FAR outweighed the bad and SE delivered on an incredibly engaging and polished experience.
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  38. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    Es un juego genial. Aunque igual creo que partes no tan importantes las hicieron bastante largas pudiendo enfocarse en cubrir más historia. También entiendo que sería difícil incluir en esta primera parte un mundo abierto al salir de midgar por ello quizá lo hicieron asi y cortaron allí exactamente. Excelente Remake, espero la segunda parte con emoción y ojalá sea mundo abierto. En esteEs un juego genial. Aunque igual creo que partes no tan importantes las hicieron bastante largas pudiendo enfocarse en cubrir más historia. También entiendo que sería difícil incluir en esta primera parte un mundo abierto al salir de midgar por ello quizá lo hicieron asi y cortaron allí exactamente. Excelente Remake, espero la segunda parte con emoción y ojalá sea mundo abierto. En este estoy de acuerdo que no lo fuera porque incluso en el original parecían capitulos así que le vino bien. Expand
  39. Apr 11, 2020
    10
    Absolutely brilliant. FFVII has been one of my favourite games of all time for over 20 years. I am 36 years old now and I can tell you that this is so incredibly refreshing and nostalgic. What rich, rich character depth and atmospheric beauty. The kids that are rating this poorly have no taste. What a spectacular remake! There will be further, lush chapters to this, you idiot kids.
  40. May 5, 2020
    10
    Just got the platinum trophy after finishing my second playthrough and overall... wow... this is the most excited I've been about final fantasy in many many years.

    I grew up playing these games and 7 is my favorite game of all time. I've finished every mainline entry except 11 and a lot of the spinoff titles too. Personally around ff12 I feel like character and story writing started to
    Just got the platinum trophy after finishing my second playthrough and overall... wow... this is the most excited I've been about final fantasy in many many years.

    I grew up playing these games and 7 is my favorite game of all time. I've finished every mainline entry except 11 and a lot of the spinoff titles too. Personally around ff12 I feel like character and story writing started to decline sharply but ff14 and 15 showed a big improvement (even though 15 still had a lot of rough edges). This is the best final fantasy story since 10 in my opinion.

    First of all it looks spectacular and midgar makes for a great setting. Looking up and seeing the plate is wonderful.

    Second most of the additional content is actually really excellent. They expand on the stories of biggs, wedge and jessie for example and I enjoyed this a lot. Some of these moments add a great deal of charm and made me smile a lot.

    Third the combat is a lot of fun. Each character feels unique and there is a lot of potential for different builds based on your materia choices.

    Fourth there are a lot of fun mini games, a few extra bosses. Some of these extra bosses are unique to hard mode but I really enjoyed playing the game on a higher difficulty. The final boss in particular felt much more climactic as I was barely hanging on most of the time and won while being about one hit away from dying.

    Fifth the character models... you spend a lot of time looking at character models in any game and these are the best I've ever seen. The detail on the armor is insane. When you focus on a character's face you can see their eyes moving every so often too. Very impressive.

    Sixth the reverence shown for the original source material. You'll find so many references to the original game or spinoffs as well as every moment, boss and enemy recreated in stunning detail. Some things were changed but not to any significant degree in my opinion. It's just so clear after picking apart as many details as I could... that the devs love the original ff7. There's just so much passion in this project.

    Seventh chapter select and hard mode. After you finish the game you unlock chapter select and this is so great for people who want to complete the game fully. If there's an optional boss you didn't assess or you want to go back and get an alternate cutscene then you don't need to replay the full game. Also hard mode offers a really nice challenge once you're max level :).

    There are a few flaws as well but nothing that hampered my enjoyment.

    1st some chapters feel padded. Without going into specifics there are areas in which you have to pull levers to open pathways to go open more levers to open up more pathways while you constantly get interrupted by enemies. Some sections of the game feel like they're wasting your time. This is probably the biggest issue the game has.

    2nd some boss fights can be frustrating. Even at max level with maxed out materia on normal difficulty there were times when I felt like a ragdoll getting thrown around, constantly healing. It's not that I couldn't win. I rarely died. It's just that my attacks felt ineffective. This is largely down to not being able to change equipment or materia during a fight. I understand that this might make things easier but it can be frustrating to find yourself unable to exploit a boss' weakness because you don't have the right materia.

    3rd this game is not beginner friendly. For the first 90% of the game everything is going fine but with the last chapter in particular things go kind of insane. At first I wasn't a fan of the ending but after taking some time to digest it I'm way more positive on it. The last chapter starts throwing out references to the original ff7, advent children, crisis core and all kinds of stuff. The game really expects you to be familiar with this stuff. That kind of sucks for newcomers but actually picking apart the insane number of references was a lot of fun. I imagine if you're new to ff7 you'll be completely lost. I'd highly recommend the easy allies ff7 remake spoiler mode video for a very indepth breakdown of what the ending really means.

    As for what comes next I'm pretty excited. It looks like it'll be different from the original and I think i'm ok with that. However... I desperately need some of the original story beats to remain untouched. Corel town, rocket town, the golden saucer, cosmo canyon.... I'm ok with changing the overall story but I need a lot of these amazing character moments to stay the same or mostly the same. The main reason I'm optimistic is the unbelievable reverence shown to the original source material. Every enemy, boss and moment from the midgar section is here. The benches have the save symbol from the original game. Small details like rude having a clear shot on a character and missing on purpose... a reference to one line in the original game... It's just so clear that this game was made by people who adored the original ff7
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  41. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    I hadn't played the original game when it came out. I was a big fan of RTS games and really couldn't wrap my head around a turn based game. I went into this game pretty blind besides knowing the basics the whole internet knows. I was a bit worried things would get glossed over and I'd be confused... but that didn't happen. The game was a wild ride and i loved the combat system.I hadn't played the original game when it came out. I was a big fan of RTS games and really couldn't wrap my head around a turn based game. I went into this game pretty blind besides knowing the basics the whole internet knows. I was a bit worried things would get glossed over and I'd be confused... but that didn't happen. The game was a wild ride and i loved the combat system. Jumping from character to character was great. It was a bit slow with just 2 characters but with a full party is was a blast. Super looking forward to the next game. Expand
  42. Apr 21, 2020
    10
    Absolutely magnificent work. Starting from battles and gameplay, ending with the plot. Not to mention the excellent graphics. I beseech Square to continue the story, as well as to continue to complete such an excellent work on the following parts. God bless you.
  43. Apr 13, 2020
    8
    Game is absolutely brilliant right up to the end. Game is still absolutely worth the play through.(spoilers ahead kinda!) Guessing the ending is where the kingdom hearts director took over. I ultimately left the game with incredible uneasiness and worry for the future and unfortunately, that wont go away until the sequel. This is a beloved story and many have been wanting to experienceGame is absolutely brilliant right up to the end. Game is still absolutely worth the play through.(spoilers ahead kinda!) Guessing the ending is where the kingdom hearts director took over. I ultimately left the game with incredible uneasiness and worry for the future and unfortunately, that wont go away until the sequel. This is a beloved story and many have been wanting to experience that story again with the outstanding graphics, beautiful updated soundtrack and incredible combat system.

    To diverge that hard at the end feels unnecessary and unearned. Imagine watching Iron Man and right at the end you see a fight between Thanos and Tony. It doesnt belong there yet cause they hadnt built that up yet. Throughout the game we fought robots and regular enemies then in the end we fight the manifestation of fate? arent we getting more games to complete the story? i mean where do you go after fighting god? That is what FF has always been about in the end, but this game wasnt the end! If a story goes through multiple installments then you need to build up to the big fight throughout all those installments. Also it seems like the party is trying to escape the fate of the original story, but why? that was a good story. Sure it didnt all end with everyone alive and completely happy, but everyones arcs were completely fulfilled. why would they want to escape it?

    That is ultimately why I gave the score I did. May not be fair to lower this score due to a worry about future games, but that is the feeling I am left with. Not triumph, not looking forward to whats next. Just worried things will become overly convoluted and confusing like they are in Kingdom Hearts. FF7's story is already pretty confusing. I am not saying that it cant be done. That they cant diverge from the original and end up with a new fantastic story, but they are going against the an already beloved and fantastic story now. Messing with that can be dangerous as we have seen with other IP.

    I was looking forward to this one coming out and now im not sure if i want the next one if it messing with something i already love. I get the argument is that "they need to do something new cause the old one already exist," but to that I say its been over 20 years. How many times have we seen superman or spiderman remakes throughout the years even though those are the exact same story points. Each is shown slightly different but still hit all the beats we love. They could, and largely still can do that here and many would love it, probably more than they do this. Just please dont turn this series into another kingdom hearts with too many releases to keep up with and what can quite possibly be the most confusing story in history.
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  44. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    Supera todas las expectativas. El amor y el detalle que se le ha dado a este juego para los fans del original es excelente. Es un juego totalmente nuevo con pequeños cambios en la narración pero que no cambia en absoluto la esencia del juego original, cada detalle permanece allí. Los gráficos excelentes, banda sonora sobresaliente, las cinemáticas son una delicia, el sistema de combate esSupera todas las expectativas. El amor y el detalle que se le ha dado a este juego para los fans del original es excelente. Es un juego totalmente nuevo con pequeños cambios en la narración pero que no cambia en absoluto la esencia del juego original, cada detalle permanece allí. Los gráficos excelentes, banda sonora sobresaliente, las cinemáticas son una delicia, el sistema de combate es perfecto, los jefes finales son desafiantes, el sistema de mejora de armas y de materias es muy equilibrado, y lo mejor de todo, es la experiencia Final Fantasy VII que queríamos. Gracias por este juego. Expand
  45. Apr 12, 2020
    9
    Un Muy Buen Juego !!! Graficos y ambientación espectaculares!!! La jugabilidad está muy Bien .
    La historia impecable . Me ha sorprendido muy Gratamente lo mejor de este 2020 !!!! Muy recomendado , yo en mi caso lo he adquirido en versión digital.
  46. Apr 16, 2020
    8
    One of the best final fantasy ever made, they manage to make a 6 hour of the original game into 40 hour, so emotional, music is perfect... Graphic is ok, sometimes is superb, sometimes it have ps1 graphic

    It would have been a 10 if it wasn't foe the horrible ending who destroyed everything about ff 7 mitology and 20 years of fan expectation
  47. Apr 20, 2020
    9
    FF7R is an ambitious project by Square Enix and I'd say they've done a great job telling an immersive story, excellent music, fun combat, beautifully designed characters and the environments but it's not perfect. I will be addressing some of the issues that it has alongside the review.
    I've played this game on normal mode, it should take you around 40 hours to complete the game, including
    FF7R is an ambitious project by Square Enix and I'd say they've done a great job telling an immersive story, excellent music, fun combat, beautifully designed characters and the environments but it's not perfect. I will be addressing some of the issues that it has alongside the review.
    I've played this game on normal mode, it should take you around 40 hours to complete the game, including the side quests.

    They have done a very good job telling the story of Midgar and its characters. But some of the side quests are a bit bland and some of them in one of the later chapters were put awkwardly between the main quests.
    When it comes to soundtracks, it is amazing. Some of the scenes were seriously breathtaking especially in combination with the amazing soundtrack.
    The English voice actors also did a great job of bringing the characters to life.
    The combat is fun and has a mix of strategy making and hack n slash. The combat feels impactful and rewards you for successfully pulling off certain actions.
    Graphics, overall it looks amazing even on PS4 slim considering the hardware and there is almost no frame drops at all. The characters look fantastic with high quality and very detailed models. Environments also look really good but you can see low-quality textures in certain areas. It could be results of either limitation of the system, or a bug, or budget cuts.

    As someone who has never played the original but knows the story, I'm looking forward to see where the future will take us.
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  48. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    Everything is top notch, bring back all the memory plus things that make FF VII become all times best final fantasy in their series.

    One downside is when game try to force you to throug the wall for avoiding loading scene.
  49. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    Im not a crazy fan of ff franchise ..in fact I havent played any of em. After spending few hours playing this game...wow...just wow... its got pretty much everything I value in games. Good story...beautifully portrayed world, dynamic characters, etc so many things to list. What i loved the most about this game was the battle system... not a typical jrpg turn based battle.. but feels muchIm not a crazy fan of ff franchise ..in fact I havent played any of em. After spending few hours playing this game...wow...just wow... its got pretty much everything I value in games. Good story...beautifully portrayed world, dynamic characters, etc so many things to list. What i loved the most about this game was the battle system... not a typical jrpg turn based battle.. but feels much dynamic! I cant recommend more..just play.. u wont regret it Expand
  50. Apr 30, 2020
    3
    Nomura once again proved he is incapable of writing a decent coherent story and thus decides to bastardize FF7R with space jannies and deus ex machina. This truly sucks because the gameplay, environments, music, graphics, JP voice acting were all Elder Deity tiey. Yet this is all overshadowed by the woefully inadequate writing. Im so incredibly dissatisfied
  51. Apr 19, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I played the original far back in 1997 and was sceptical due the episodic format.
    But let me tell you, this is one of the best games i played in a long time.

    The ending certainly got me suprised and left me confused, wheter i like it or not.
    But the thrill of having nostalgia mixed in with **** and diffrent scenario changes gave me an unbelievable ride that i will never forget.
    As long as the next games dont threw in too much fate confusion and give me a good mix of new and old into the pot, jeez i hope this ride of new games within this ( remake/ reboot series) will last for some years.

    Besides all that, this combat system is probably the best thing i had in years. Cant believe i am redoing 30 min Boss fights, just for the sake of it.
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  52. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    Absolutely fantastic of a game. A true remake made by people who loved the original. I enjoyed it and can't wait for the second part of the series. Like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or the Harry Potter series, it's nice that they took the time to really flesh out the story and not try to compact it to one release.
  53. Apr 13, 2020
    10
    The combat system beats the original as does the story telling and soundtrack! The graphics could be updated in some areas (which is a minor gripe). The original was one of my favourite games of all time and I can already tell this will do it justice.

    The original was mostly linear in Midgar as I remember. Therefore, any worries about the linearity of the game are superfluous as this
    The combat system beats the original as does the story telling and soundtrack! The graphics could be updated in some areas (which is a minor gripe). The original was one of my favourite games of all time and I can already tell this will do it justice.

    The original was mostly linear in Midgar as I remember. Therefore, any worries about the linearity of the game are superfluous as this will be rectified once the next parts come out with the world map/open world to explore fully.
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  54. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    O melhor Final Fantasy da ultima década, O rei dos JRPG voltou tudo no jogo e perfeito, os gráficos são incríveis e a banda sonora espectacular. Finalmente conseguiram criar um sistema de combate que junta o ATB e o tempo real de forma perfeita. Mal posso esperar que chegue a parte 2....Simplesmente magnifico!!!!!
  55. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    Sencillamente no llego a entender a esa gente anclada en el pasado que aún piensa que es malo este remake...me ahorro el calificativo de esa gente...square devuelve la magia a la saga y en concreto con esta entrega magnifica. Sin pestañear solo puedo decir que es magistral!! pese a quien le pese...
  56. Apr 20, 2020
    9
    Best FF since FF7,8,9,10 the remake nailed almost everything with expanding character story and development in advent children style, and faithfully recreate them, there are some issue like some generic fetch quest on chapter 3, other chapter's quest was ok many of them are originally included in story just now become optional quest, and some new music was not great compared to original,Best FF since FF7,8,9,10 the remake nailed almost everything with expanding character story and development in advent children style, and faithfully recreate them, there are some issue like some generic fetch quest on chapter 3, other chapter's quest was ok many of them are originally included in story just now become optional quest, and some new music was not great compared to original, thankfully they almost included all music from the original.
    The last big complaint i have is the last chapter which i think was not needed, Overall this game reminded me why i fell in love with FF when i was a kid.
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  57. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    10/10 - Fun and Challenging

    Music: Fans of the series will enjoy a fresh take on the classic Final Fantasy themes. Gameplay: The combat system is one of a kind and beautiful to watch. Story: The story is immersive and interesting. Relates to a lot of problems we see in society today. You will really enjoy the character development and each persons story. Graphics: The graphics in
    10/10 - Fun and Challenging

    Music: Fans of the series will enjoy a fresh take on the classic Final Fantasy themes.
    Gameplay: The combat system is one of a kind and beautiful to watch.
    Story: The story is immersive and interesting. Relates to a lot of problems we see in society today. You will really enjoy the character development and each persons story.
    Graphics: The graphics in this game are so good you'll be left wishing you had a photo mode.
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  58. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    Everything I dreamed of as a kid. Thrilling action and beautiful game. It’s a personal winner for me, with the pressure of doing well. It does great as a game decades later.
  59. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    + This is the best new game I have played in years.
    + If your open to changes then the game is fresh by striking a good balance between new and old.
    + The action in this game is mind blowing and there is loads of bosses that are mind blowing. + There is only 3 chapters (sort of 4) where your doing side quests and they are voice acted. + Graphics are great though some blurry textures
    + This is the best new game I have played in years.
    + If your open to changes then the game is fresh by striking a good balance between new and old.
    + The action in this game is mind blowing and there is loads of bosses that are mind blowing.
    + There is only 3 chapters (sort of 4) where your doing side quests and they are voice acted.
    + Graphics are great though some blurry textures here and there. Overall it's stunning.
    + Animation is fantastic and there is so many story cut scenes that look great.
    + Certain big moments have much more emotional impact than the PS1.
    + Maybe the best action combat in an JRPG to date.
    + I'd love to see the OST for this game as there is so many different great songs in this game.
    - There are times where it feels unfair when your spells keep getting interrupted.
    = If your unhappy that it isn't turn based, well I hate to break it to you but the only mainline FF games to be turn based are 1, 2, 3 and 10. If your still unhappy that the remake isn't the exact same game as the original but prettier, well the remake doesn't replace the original and both are worth replaying multiple times in the future, more so because of the differences.
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  60. Apr 10, 2020
    9
    The original Final Fantasy 7 is my favorite game of all time, I was eagerly anticipating this remake and for the most part I enjoyed it very much.

    The characters are very true to the original game and often given more depth. I actually prefer this combat system to the original, it is a very effective mix of action and turn based combat and every character feels unique. However the
    The original Final Fantasy 7 is my favorite game of all time, I was eagerly anticipating this remake and for the most part I enjoyed it very much.

    The characters are very true to the original game and often given more depth. I actually prefer this combat system to the original, it is a very effective mix of action and turn based combat and every character feels unique. However the camera can sometimes be an issue, especially when dealing with flying enemies. The music is top notch 10/10.

    I don't have an issue with the original story being split into parts, anyone with an IQ above room temperature should be able to realise that modern game development is very different from how it was in the 90s. Full 3D characters, environments and voice acting are a totally different beast to polygons pre-rendered backgrounds and text boxes. However there is some superfluous padding to extend the Midgar section and we didn't get to see as many new parts of the city as I had hoped with the game being exclusively set there. Non the less the areas we do see feel alive, vibrant and look great apart from some texture issues.

    My main gripe with the game is the massive story changes at the end of the game. I'm not a purist that expected a 1:1 remake, but these changes have some potentially huge ramifications on the story going forward which is a bit of a concern. If it wasn't for these changes the game would have had a 9/10.
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  61. Apr 20, 2020
    1
    Final Fantasy VII REMAKE is a sad, delusional, fragmented, shell of the original. They took one of the greatest stories in console history, chopped it up, and added 30 hours of boring, slogging, pointless gameplay. For new players, the story will make absolutely no sense. For veterans, you will instantly realize they destroyed everything there was to love. Nobody wanted this.
    R.I.P. FFVII 2020
  62. Apr 22, 2020
    9
    I loved the game, it was visually amazing, the game chapters were extensive which helped to really establish the character development and the relationship between cloud and the party. The battle system was fluid, the music was nostalgic with a twist, the fights were challenging.The only few complaints i haveare that some of the dialogue is long, drawn out, and not skippable makingI loved the game, it was visually amazing, the game chapters were extensive which helped to really establish the character development and the relationship between cloud and the party. The battle system was fluid, the music was nostalgic with a twist, the fights were challenging.The only few complaints i haveare that some of the dialogue is long, drawn out, and not skippable making revisting chapters to collect whatever you missed tedious. There are some parts that are confusing but this is installment 1 of ??? So i figure that as the other installments come out things will make more sense. Expand
  63. Apr 11, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Grandioso juego, al fin y al cabo Square demostro unos gráficos increíbles, así mismo un Soundtrack inolvidable, este juego es para fans y no fans aunque el final o te deja con un buen sabor de boca o no. Expand
  64. Apr 15, 2020
    10
    Big fan of FFVII original here. I enjoy every minute playing this...Good story telling, stunning portrayed world, dynamic characters and much more to list. Easily one of the best games in my life I can tell. Cant wait for the next part. Keep doing great job SQUARE ENIX.
  65. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    This game is set in Midgar (the first part of Final Fantasy VII) and it's absolutely amazing on how it captures Midgar better than the original. In the original, Midgar is around 4 hours or so but in this game they managed to extend it up to 30-40 hours of story content keeping the original stuff and adding more relevant story into it. They didn't just throw in useless story content intoThis game is set in Midgar (the first part of Final Fantasy VII) and it's absolutely amazing on how it captures Midgar better than the original. In the original, Midgar is around 4 hours or so but in this game they managed to extend it up to 30-40 hours of story content keeping the original stuff and adding more relevant story into it. They didn't just throw in useless story content into this, but added more to each characters. You feel the side characters in this compared to the original.

    As for gameplay and everything else... combat is PERFECT! It feels smooth and solid, easy to learn and get used to. There were controversy on how the game isn't turn-base but they did add a little element of it in the game, though it mainly focuses on real-time. It is a linear game but Midgar has always been linear part of the FFVII story. The game opens up after Midgar but we haven't reached that point yet.

    This game is new players to Final Fantasy friendly, anyone can start with this game.
    There's not much bad thing to say about this game to be honest. Story, cutscenes, music, gameplay, graphics, all works perfectly with the modern FF-style.
    You can clearly see that Square Enix treasure this game a lot and they put a lot into this one. The wait was worth it and let's hope the next one comes sooner rather than 'VERY' later
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  66. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    I was a bit worried beforehand about this game because the original is so sacred to me and many. However, after hours of diving in, this game has far exceeded my expectations. It’s given me that same feeling as the first time I played the original as a kid; like playing a memory but with more details. It’s a beautiful game that I think will set the standard for remakes. Also, afterI was a bit worried beforehand about this game because the original is so sacred to me and many. However, after hours of diving in, this game has far exceeded my expectations. It’s given me that same feeling as the first time I played the original as a kid; like playing a memory but with more details. It’s a beautiful game that I think will set the standard for remakes. Also, after playing, I fully understand why it was split; the game is massive and truly full length, and it would’ve taken years to release a whole given the size of this one alone. It’s worth every penny. If you love Final Fantasy VII, you owe this to yourself to play. I found myself with an unknowing smile so many times playing; and that’s something a game hasn’t captured for me in quite a while even as an avid gamer. They knocked it out of the park with this one. Gorgeous graphics, emotionally gripping story, and gameplay mechanics are a blast. Expand
  67. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    Remake fantastico! Consigliato a tutti, sia a chi ha giocato al classico del 1997 che ai nuovi giocatori
  68. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    This game is awesome finally the wait is over , first Final Fantasy I enjoy like old times after X.
  69. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    I played the original final fantasy 7 back when it was released on PC on 1997 . I even finished the game like 3 times that's how much I was fascinated by it. Now this remake didn't delete anything old but it did add a lot of new stuff that old gamers and even new ones would appreciate . Yes the side quests does take out some the game appeal since there weren't any side quests in theI played the original final fantasy 7 back when it was released on PC on 1997 . I even finished the game like 3 times that's how much I was fascinated by it. Now this remake didn't delete anything old but it did add a lot of new stuff that old gamers and even new ones would appreciate . Yes the side quests does take out some the game appeal since there weren't any side quests in the original one in midgar area and the fact that battle incounters are not random any more but that shouldn't make the game less appealing . Maybe in the future for the next part of the game if they make it like when you finish a dungeon and come back you find enemies again that would be a good idea . Otherwise this game is worth every scent and anyone who plays it will have a lot of fun with it . I highly recommend playing the final fantasy 7 remake (even if it's just one part and square wants to capitalize on it by making it on multiple parts ) Expand
  70. Apr 12, 2020
    9
    This game is set in that midgar, and is a work that deeply describes the back story the people of Avalanche and slums.

    Regarding the degree of freedom is less than Final Fantasy 15. However, there is more freedom than Final Fantasy 13. I personally felt that Final Fantasy 7 Remake was arranged in the style of Final Fantasy 10. Regarding the battle system is an evolutionary ATB system of
    This game is set in that midgar, and is a work that deeply describes the back story the people of Avalanche and slums.

    Regarding the degree of freedom is less than Final Fantasy 15.
    However, there is more freedom than Final Fantasy 13.


    I personally felt that Final Fantasy 7 Remake was arranged in the style of Final Fantasy 10.
    Regarding the battle system is an evolutionary ATB system of Parasite Eve, rather than Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts.

    I felt that Final Fantasy 7 Remake was an item for original fans.

    I want to recommend playing the game after clear the original Final Fantasy 7, which is not recommended for the first experience of the FF series.

    Apart from the freedom of exploration and the fact that a part1, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a great remake.
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  71. Apr 10, 2020
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Most people knew that this wasn't going to be a shot-for-shot replica of the original game which is fine, but the ending to FF7R completely derails from the original to the point where semantics of what a 'remake' is becomes irrelevant. It uses the history and characters of the FF7 universe to start a brand new story on an alternate timeline. Characters that should be dead, no longer are so fundamental motivations and character arcs are out of the window. The next parts will be starting fresh and this should be extremely worrying to anyone who knows Squares recent history. Square no longer has the ability to create new stories that are coherent or interesting. This is why people were excited for a remake of a story that everyone already loved. They couldn't possibly screw this one up and yet they still have.

    Aside from the ending, there are plenty of other negatives too. Filler is a major problem. The side quests are almost all basic filler fetch quests. "Go here, kill x enemies, come back, go somewhere else, repeat." I've seen people defending this saying that you can't create a 30+ hour game without some padding. I don't understand this at all. Either make the game shorter or make the "padding" GOOD content. The game is much more linear than I expected. Almost every single walkable area in the game is a narrow corridor.
    The hybrid combat system is actually pretty good but there are big flaws in the AI. The enemies always agro on the character that the player is controlling and your allies do very little to help or defend themselves. This combination seems to be Squares way of ensuring that you switch characters often but it is so poorly executed and feels forced.
    The camera sucks in combat even with the recommended changes to the settings. You can't see what you're looking at half the time, especially if the enemy is above you.
    There is also a serious texture problem. The worst being looking down to the slums from the plate. I believe that this will be fixed in the day 1 patch though. It needs to be.

    It sucks to give this game such a low score. FF7 is my all time favourite and I really wanted this to succeed. The game gets some things right, and when it does, it absolutely nails them. But sadly there is just far too much crap surrounding it, that i'm left disappointed overall.
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  72. Apr 14, 2020
    9
    This game is a great remake and makes me like FF again. I didn't enjoy a Final Fantasy game that much since the 10.
    On top of things that are great: design, music, gameplay, background stories. The few things that are really annoying at the moment are technical stuff: really poor quality texture... it's like 360p texture on 4K rendering it's just ridiculous sometimes and also you can see
    This game is a great remake and makes me like FF again. I didn't enjoy a Final Fantasy game that much since the 10.
    On top of things that are great: design, music, gameplay, background stories. The few things that are really annoying at the moment are technical stuff: really poor quality texture... it's like 360p texture on 4K rendering it's just ridiculous sometimes and also you can see the same NPC asset 10 feet apart... seriously SquareEnix could have checked this kind of stuff, in 2020 we are not supposed to see that. Also, being vague here and without spoilers, the dance is a big NO, don't do that again please SE, it's totally out of context.
    Besides that, it's globally a great experience and hopefully, we will have the next two episodes with the same quality level. Cheers to the developers.
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  73. Apr 10, 2020
    9
    Almost Perfect Remake!

    The Ending may be a bit disappointing and different as some expected but the rest is really great.

    Do your thing Square! After this Game i can't wait to see how the next Game will be like!
  74. Apr 20, 2020
    9
    I decided to take the plunge into FF7R being a noob to the FF franchise. I have to say I didn't think I would enjoy it. I'm actually just starting out. So far the game has managed to blow me away both technically, but more importantly from the story. There is something relevant about a game that talks about energy issues as we are facing them today. Oil in this case. I found myselfI decided to take the plunge into FF7R being a noob to the FF franchise. I have to say I didn't think I would enjoy it. I'm actually just starting out. So far the game has managed to blow me away both technically, but more importantly from the story. There is something relevant about a game that talks about energy issues as we are facing them today. Oil in this case. I found myself grinning and laughing at some of the banter as well. I'm still working my way through the game, but I have already enjoyed what I've seen and I recommend others to give it a try. I give it a 9.0. There are mainly technical hiccups that prevent it from getting the golden score. Anyway, solid game thus far.

    Update: I'm 20hrs in and I am still enjoying the game. It's been a wonderful game to play. I hope the next installments are as wonder as this. If so, we may be looking at the best PS4 series to come out and that is a tall order.
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  75. May 19, 2020
    10
    I am excited this game. Probably one of the best game of last years. I've voted this game 9/10 previously, but when I finished it and started new "hard mode" walkthrough I realized that if I don't vote this game 10/10 I should not vote 10/10 for any another game at all.
  76. Apr 13, 2020
    5
    Great game, great combat and great characters.

    Overall it could have a little more hours with better sidequests, it has some grafics issues that I believe will be fixed soon and I'm not sure how I feel about some changes in the story, tho I have not seen the end so far. After finishing the game, I went back here to change the score of the game from 9 to 5. To be honest, the
    Great game, great combat and great characters.

    Overall it could have a little more hours with better sidequests, it has some grafics issues that I believe will be fixed soon and I'm not sure how I feel about some changes in the story, tho I have not seen the end so far.

    After finishing the game, I went back here to change the score of the game from 9 to 5.

    To be honest, the remake is done, next game will not be a remake and the story probably will be all new. I dont get it... if SE and Nomura wanted to do a new story why they didnt made a new FF or even remade FF VII but telling everyone that this game would be a completely total new game with a new history.

    FF VII remake turn out to be very similar to the OG till the ending where it implies that the history will change.... man that **** of keepers of fate... producers always had the power to redo the story how they please... they dont need this stupid excuse of keepers of fate... just redo the dam game with a complete new history but tell the fans so.... What SE did was to announce a remake that would be faithfull to the original and in parts.... What I understood was that all parts would be similar to the OG, but in reality they made the first game very similar to the OG and inserted in a crappy excuse, that they didnt really needed, to chance to story in the next parts. Producers may change anything, they dont need this silly excuse that mades everything so confused... It would be much better if they announced a FF VII in parts that would be a complete new story... ppl wouldnt be so disapointed...

    I´ll probably buy the next games no matter what, the game is good, the combat is very fun... I just got very disapointed because I was hoping (implying to what SE said, that this ramake would be very similar to the OG) to see the same events...
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  77. Apr 11, 2020
    9
    This game is a great remake go's to show what 5+ years of love and care can do to a 23 year old game there are a few texture problems none that really bother me too much but that all dosen't matter this is a very fun rpg that captured the original game but makes it 100X more better
  78. Apr 13, 2020
    10
    An amazing retelling of an iconic game. The highest praise I can give it is that it made me love these characters even more and I can’t wait to continue this journey.
  79. Apr 12, 2020
    8
    FF7 Remake had the unenviable task of following a gaming juggernaught, needing to both appease the fans of the original whilst giving the same service to modern gaming sensibilities. Square Enix is a shadow of what Squaresoft where back in the 90s, when FF6, FF7, Chrono Trigger and so on where being churned out - legendary game after legendary game. So hopes were not high for me,FF7 Remake had the unenviable task of following a gaming juggernaught, needing to both appease the fans of the original whilst giving the same service to modern gaming sensibilities. Square Enix is a shadow of what Squaresoft where back in the 90s, when FF6, FF7, Chrono Trigger and so on where being churned out - legendary game after legendary game. So hopes were not high for me, especially after the somewhat disappointing FF15.

    But here we are with the remake. Is it as good as the original? No. In many ways it doesn't even come close to it.

    But is it better than any reasonable person could have hoped for? Absolutely yes.

    I'll start with my complaints. First, this really didn't need to be episodic. The padding is borderline criminal - particularly the numerous pointless side quests - just to expand the Midgar section into a 'full' game. Midgar in the original was actually just a few hours long; it just felt longer because of teh quality and depth of content that was crammed into that location. Remake simultaneously fleshes out the world of Midgar but makes it much more shallow feeling at the same time.

    That said, you don't really have to worry about avoiding spoilers for the next few years until the next part, because this isn't a straight up rehash of the original. Instead, the story - initially following the original beat for beat - goes off on a mad tangent towards the end, and honestly I feel this is to the detriment of the game. It feels like they were in a desperate rush to introduce certain characters. The story also lends itself to another issue the game has - extreme linearity. Not as bad as FF13 with the endless corridors, but not far off from it either, because the game wants to hit story notes one after the other and therefore has little time to allow the player some individual expression.

    They are flaws - and big ones - but it would be remiss of me not to now focus on the positives, of which there are many more. The combat system - my biggest fear of all going in - is beautifully done. The incorporation of materia into a live battle system has been majestically done. I thought I'd miss ATB in Remake and it would sour the game for me; remarkably it hasn't. The characters are spot on - again, my fear was they'd be diluted and taken too seriously, but no; the comedic element is there, the voices (for the most part) are perfectly fitting and the expansion of the side character development here is a definite improvement over the original. Graphically, this is absolutely gorgeous - Midgar feels alive, the characters are animated wonderfully - it is in every way the world you imagined in your minds' eye when playing the original with those blocky little characters. The anticipation to see Cosmo Canyon etc. in the next episode for me now is HUGE!

    I have long felt that the soundtrack for Final Fantasy 7 was the most beautiful, complete, awe-inspiring soundtrack in gaming history - one that tells a story in its' own right. The remake reaffirms that view for me - it is glorious. Yet... for me, not quite as impactful as the originals. I think the music is too... smooth? It's hard to explain, but I think the lower quality "abrupt" notes from the original left more of an impression, especially in the flow of the game in Remake and when the sound effects in battle seem to drown out the battle theme.

    Overall, despite my fears about it going in, FF7 Remake is an easy recommendation to make. At least for me. I feel that a lot of your enjoyment of it is going to depend on your expectations going in. If you're a FF7 veteran, try and bare in mind that this isn't a replacement for the original; it's a reimagining of it. The original still exists for you. It was never going to be as good as the original for you.

    But for those new to the game or even the franchise? Here's your perfect jumping in point. Enjoy!
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  80. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    It's way more fun that I thought it would be. The gameplay is fast paced and tactical at the same time. The visuals are amazing, one of the best looking games on PS4. Yes the story isn't a copy paste from the original but that actually makes me more intrigued at what happens next. Overall I am happy with it, it's not the PERFECT FFVII remake but it's pretty damn good.
  81. Apr 11, 2020
    10
    Ignore all the low ratings. They don't understand what a "Remake" is and most of them should be taken down as they are in-coherent. The game is wonderful. Combat is nice and fluid. The equipment and materia system is very nice to play with. Graphics are amazing. Character progression and personality is great. It does have some filler but that's expected for today's RPG's on side quests,Ignore all the low ratings. They don't understand what a "Remake" is and most of them should be taken down as they are in-coherent. The game is wonderful. Combat is nice and fluid. The equipment and materia system is very nice to play with. Graphics are amazing. Character progression and personality is great. It does have some filler but that's expected for today's RPG's on side quests, etc and it's not that bad to lower the score. Overall the game is amazing and a must play especially if you loved the original. Expand
  82. Apr 11, 2020
    10
    A fantastic remake.. and if you have never okayed FF7 this is still a great game. The combat system is very good and satisfying and the story is still a great one to follow. Dont pass this up.
  83. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    New to the Final Fantasy series. This is my first game and all I can say is that is one of the most beautiful PS4 games I’ve played. And that’s no easy task since PS4 has the most graphically awesome games ever. Great story and amazing characters that I will probably never forget. Plus, the soundtrack is one of the best I’ve heard in a while for a video game.

    Thank you for another great
    New to the Final Fantasy series. This is my first game and all I can say is that is one of the most beautiful PS4 games I’ve played. And that’s no easy task since PS4 has the most graphically awesome games ever. Great story and amazing characters that I will probably never forget. Plus, the soundtrack is one of the best I’ve heard in a while for a video game.

    Thank you for another great exclusive PlayStation!
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  84. Apr 11, 2020
    10
    All i can say is WOW! They did it guys they actually made a fantastic remake of the original with tons of new content and The gameplay Is a hybrid of Action and turnbased (and its the best combat in any FF game imho) and the Characters are just so fleshed out compared to the original which was legendary! This is a MUST BUY for any FF fan,They nailed this game my only complaints is theAll i can say is WOW! They did it guys they actually made a fantastic remake of the original with tons of new content and The gameplay Is a hybrid of Action and turnbased (and its the best combat in any FF game imho) and the Characters are just so fleshed out compared to the original which was legendary! This is a MUST BUY for any FF fan,They nailed this game my only complaints is the textures can seem a lil off in some areas and That we gotta wait for Part 2. Either way im Hands down buying Part 2 day 1! Expand
  85. Apr 11, 2020
    10
    This game is everything I had hoped for. I like the fact that it's not exactly the same story. You feel how much love was put into it.
  86. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    Despite seeing clips of major spoilers of the original game since it's release, I've never actually followed the series. All I knew about the game were the faces of it's iconic characters (and certain important scenes). Which means I am coming into this game without the nostalgia that I see many people have.

    I really loved everything about this game. The only cons i could think of were
    Despite seeing clips of major spoilers of the original game since it's release, I've never actually followed the series. All I knew about the game were the faces of it's iconic characters (and certain important scenes). Which means I am coming into this game without the nostalgia that I see many people have.

    I really loved everything about this game. The only cons i could think of were the sometimes stale and dragged out missions/puzzles.
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  87. Apr 12, 2020
    10
    Till today i play every few years a run of FF7. It was one of my first games i ever had and my first big love which enlighted my enthusiasm for videogames.

    FF7 Remake hits the nostalgia train, i feel so happy playing it, feels like i sit back in my small room in my parents house starting on the PS and beating the **** out of Shinra and Sephiroth. Nostalgia pure with nice optics and an
    Till today i play every few years a run of FF7. It was one of my first games i ever had and my first big love which enlighted my enthusiasm for videogames.

    FF7 Remake hits the nostalgia train, i feel so happy playing it, feels like i sit back in my small room in my parents house starting on the PS and beating the **** out of Shinra and Sephiroth.

    Nostalgia pure with nice optics and an state of the art gameplay!
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  88. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. wow really wow i just finished the game. easily the best jrpg this year. since i played the original. i can say that i understand what the ending scene was. since im hoping for new content im very happy with it. cant wait for the sequel! Expand
  89. Apr 10, 2020
    10
    Final fantasy 7 remake, the game that everyone was expecting is finally out... And oh boy does it deliver. For me this game is what a remake SHOULD be. New backstorys for certain characters, a very solid gameplay, awsome soundtrack. Of course the game isn't perfect... Some textures are really gross and the camera can be very ps1 era like. So why am I putting a 10 on the game ? Just toFinal fantasy 7 remake, the game that everyone was expecting is finally out... And oh boy does it deliver. For me this game is what a remake SHOULD be. New backstorys for certain characters, a very solid gameplay, awsome soundtrack. Of course the game isn't perfect... Some textures are really gross and the camera can be very ps1 era like. So why am I putting a 10 on the game ? Just to balance things out between those who will put a 0. Of course ff7 remake dosen't replace the original, but it's a game that stands on it's own and I'm fine with that. Expand
  90. Apr 17, 2020
    1
    FINAL FANTASY VII "REMAKE" Is an insulting marketing scam directed by a childish egomaniac with no respect for the original game or the fans.
    THIS GAME IS NOT A REMAKE. it's advertising fraud. The core plot & themes have been ripped out and replaced with an idiotic, convoluted trainwreck involving the stupidest ideas ever conceived.
    Time travel, alternate timelines, alternate dimensions,
    FINAL FANTASY VII "REMAKE" Is an insulting marketing scam directed by a childish egomaniac with no respect for the original game or the fans.
    THIS GAME IS NOT A REMAKE. it's advertising fraud. The core plot & themes have been ripped out and replaced with an idiotic, convoluted trainwreck involving the stupidest ideas ever conceived.
    Time travel, alternate timelines, alternate dimensions, visions of the future, time travelling ghosts from a future timeline that make the audience lose brain cells every time they appear.
    Profoundly idiotic nonsense that has no place in the story or universe & belongs in the tangled mess that is Kingdom Hearts. The characters aren't even the same. They're alternate characters from an alternate universe/timeline. i'm not joking.

    --THIS IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT & HORRIBLE ORIGINAL STORY--
    A direct quote from a Square Enix Gamespot interview
    "in terms of how faithful the remake is to the original Final Fantasy VII, from the perspective of the storyline it is very faithful indeed"
    Square Enix LIED. they have lied to their fans for 5 years straight.
    The game starts off looking similar to FF7 at the intro of the bombing mission for the purpose of deceiving you, then the plot quickly drives off a cliff into poorly written absurdity that bears little to no resemblance to FF7. Cloud is having visions of the future, Aerith and Sephiroth are now from the future, as if this wasn't enough to completely ruin their character development & every great scene they're supposed to have Sephiroth now shows up every 5 minutes ruining the build up he had and his reveal in FF7, there are also time travelling ghosts that show up way too often. they are at the core of the bastardised plot making up the most moronic & badly written scenes in this game. Things get even stupider towards the Shinra building & the ending is just a surreal mess that plays out like a bad fanfiction with terrible implications for the future of the series.

    --TERRIBLE GAMEPLAY PADDING--
    When news released this game would be Midgar only (only the first 10% of the original game) the devs claimed it had to be this way because they had so much content and ideas to expand midgar. However There aren't really any new areas, many of the ones that are there are badly made with garbage low resolution textures and a distinct lack of detail and polish, the game feels more linear than ever and ultimately it's obvious they lied again. this game should only be a few hours long however they've padded it out to 30 hours by using the absolute worst aspects of modern 'cinematic' games & RPGs.
    the combat is mostly fun. not solid... but fun however most of the game is not spent doing combat.
    most of your time is wasted on forced side quests that are long, tedious & uninteresting, Forced walking/slow moving state sections, performing meaningless & monotonous interactions that play long animations (e.g pressing triangle to move an obstacle out of your way, pressing a button and waiting for a machine do it's thing, sliding along a narrow wall)
    There's so much of this. it's spread across the game so as not to anger players too much but all together it's only purpose is to pad out the game by wasting hours of the players time.

    --THIS GAME IS NOT FOR PEOPLE NEW TO FF7--
    it's completely inaccessible to a new audience. if you wanted to experience FF7 for the first time with modern gameplay and graphics, if you wanted to play an actual remake like you were promised.. you can't. This game is not that. it's a completely different plot by nomura that expects that you've played the original Final Fantasy 7, Crisis Core for the PSP & watched the FF7 Advent children movie to understand it. (there's references to Dirge of Cerberus too)
    Nomura is a pretentious hack who makes his games unapproachable by demanding way more from the audience then his crappy writing is ever deserving of.

    Never let Nomura direct or write anything ever again. Square Enix have scammed their fans and this is the last time they'll ever see my money.
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  91. Apr 10, 2020
    8
    This game is an absolute wonder to play from seasoned vetrans to new comers to the series. Square have done an amazing job reworking the ATB system to make the combat some much more exciting minute by minute while also retaining the stratigic feel of the original.

    The story follows the original while fleshing out the characters significanlty, however during my time playing i did feel
    This game is an absolute wonder to play from seasoned vetrans to new comers to the series. Square have done an amazing job reworking the ATB system to make the combat some much more exciting minute by minute while also retaining the stratigic feel of the original.

    The story follows the original while fleshing out the characters significanlty, however during my time playing i did feel that some of the side quest particularlly tedious and there is some noticable padding compared to the original.

    overall the game is extremely well polished and i will be looking forward to the parts to come.
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  92. Apr 10, 2020
    8
    I rate 8 out of 10 for the following reasons:
    1) I'm disappointed because FFVIIR is an action RPG. I prefer turn-based RPGs and it's a shame that my favorite JRPG series has become an action RPG, first FFXV and now FFVIIR (this only applies to the main series, for spin-offs I don't mind if they are action RPGs).
    2) I'm disappointed that the first part of the remake is just an escape from
    I rate 8 out of 10 for the following reasons:
    1) I'm disappointed because FFVIIR is an action RPG. I prefer turn-based RPGs and it's a shame that my favorite JRPG series has become an action RPG, first FFXV and now FFVIIR (this only applies to the main series, for spin-offs I don't mind if they are action RPGs).
    2) I'm disappointed that the first part of the remake is just an escape from Midgar. Escape from Midgar is a very small segment of the original story, so it is questionable what the other two parts of the remake will look like, because they have to cover 95% of the rest of the original story.

    The game is good but not perfect. The graphics, music and sound are great. Some parts of the gameplay are bad and a little annoying. The new battle system is better than AXB system from FFXV, its not anymore hack and slash because of ATB system. Classic mode is very bad. I had some hopes that with Classic mode I would be able to play FFVIIR as a turn-based RPG, but Classic mode is an automatic fight and not nearly similar to turn-based batle system. Character development is great because of weapon upgrade and materia, and the best part is that each character is unique, they have different abilities.
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  93. Apr 12, 2020
    9
    A great game, but not perfect. Issues with graphics, level design, linear world.
    And the ending is a bit confusing.
  94. Apr 10, 2020
    8
    It is immediately apparent that a lot of care went into remaking the game. The visuals are impressive and the character moments are well written and expertly animated. The environments are full of ingenious details, with plenty of delightful voice acting. It was a challenge in itself to structure a complete experience from the introductory sequence, and the developers achieved it.It is immediately apparent that a lot of care went into remaking the game. The visuals are impressive and the character moments are well written and expertly animated. The environments are full of ingenious details, with plenty of delightful voice acting. It was a challenge in itself to structure a complete experience from the introductory sequence, and the developers achieved it.

    However, there seems to be a noteworthy difference in direction between the original concept from Hironobu Sakaguchi, and the new vision from Tetsuya Nomura and Motomu Toriyama. The gloomy and foreboding mood has given way to a more dramatic and eager pitch reminiscent of other entries in the series. The central theme of loss is somewhat diluted amidst the everyday side content, and the convoluted changes to the main plot, while surprising, ultimately lean toward a more generic story. The gameplay elements are varied and entertaining, but also less effective at conveying the atmosphere, with a very linear pacing and emphasis on busywork.

    All in all, this is a refreshing return to the universe which provides beautiful vignettes and flavorful if less focused additions to the context. It certainly has its own charm, but it will not haunt me as much as the original. The meta-narrative implications could be notably improved by what comes in the next part, but at this point, they do not quite stand on their own. Suffice it to say that it is one of the most accomplished games from Square Enix in recent memories.
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  95. Apr 20, 2020
    9
    Truly amazing . Reimagines the original so well, the dialogue is so natural . The combat system is very easy to pick up but hard to master with how much you can micro manage . On top of that the added depth and length of midgar is excellent and I love how they are not making a 1:1 remake of the original.The game looks and runs great even on my original ps4. The original ff7 was an amazingTruly amazing . Reimagines the original so well, the dialogue is so natural . The combat system is very easy to pick up but hard to master with how much you can micro manage . On top of that the added depth and length of midgar is excellent and I love how they are not making a 1:1 remake of the original.The game looks and runs great even on my original ps4. The original ff7 was an amazing game and it didn’t need to be tampered with so they didn’t and did something else and I personally think it’s better . I love this game and really excited for the later parts. I recommend you go into this game without any expectations or outside opinions . I did that and it really helped me enjoy the game for what it is. An amazing achievement in show casing the classic ff7 story in a new and fresh light for a new generation. I wish the ending would have been closer to the og ff7 however they did such a job i have faith it will end well Expand
  96. Apr 12, 2020
    9
    People who are bringing this game down with 0 ratings need to be removed from the site. No game is a 0. If a game boots to the home screen and then loads you into the game its a 1 regardless of content. This game is an 8/10 as a final fantasy entry and then brought up to a 9 from the nostalgia of the original.
  97. Apr 24, 2020
    0
    First of all why did they introduce Sephiroth so early into the game when he's supposed to be this mysterious figure. The side quests where not that interesting but passable and some slight changes to the story early on were ok but then comes the ending which left me staring at the screen with my brain trying to work out did I really see what I just saw. Graphics mean nothing to me it'sFirst of all why did they introduce Sephiroth so early into the game when he's supposed to be this mysterious figure. The side quests where not that interesting but passable and some slight changes to the story early on were ok but then comes the ending which left me staring at the screen with my brain trying to work out did I really see what I just saw. Graphics mean nothing to me it's the heart and soul of a game that interests me especially a game like this and like with RE3 another hugely disappointing "Remake". Expand
  98. Apr 13, 2020
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. They ruined this game by turning it into a time travel story with time wraiths everywhere. The game is infested with them at every story point. They are like roaches. Se lied out their ass about a faithful reproduction. The combat is horrible and the textures are bad and the reuse of Npc models is cringe along with robotic unemotional voice acting. The ghosts ruin it though. This is not a remake it is a sequel with time travel. Se lied and used nostalgia to sell this scam. Expand
  99. Apr 18, 2020
    3
    I would say it was an 7-9 rating until I hit the final chapter (chapter 18). The immense retcon to the story and the future of the setting was enough to utterly ruin the game's story and the future of the series. I won't be buying a sequel.
  100. Apr 10, 2020
    9
    As a fan of the original, this is a masterpiece. The music ques, the characters, the writing, the visual style... they nailed it. Not only are the remakes of the original songs phenomenal, but the new originals are truly inspired and beautiful. And then, of course... there's the gameplay.

    The gameplay is primarily focused on 3 major master crafted systems: Combat, Character Progression,
    As a fan of the original, this is a masterpiece. The music ques, the characters, the writing, the visual style... they nailed it. Not only are the remakes of the original songs phenomenal, but the new originals are truly inspired and beautiful. And then, of course... there's the gameplay.

    The gameplay is primarily focused on 3 major master crafted systems: Combat, Character Progression, Mini Games. Start with easy stuff: Mini Games are a huge improvement over the original, while capturing the charm and adding diversity to gameplay. Whereas the original is infamous with the mini games, because of the controls, this remake is so smooth that the games are truly fun, with charm intact. The character progression is deeper than the original, while not scrapping the initial design. Instead, it TAKES those original systems and adds to them with complexity that fits perfectly and allows for a lot of customization and optimization. Finally, the combat: The combat is probably the best combat system in any final fantasy game ever. It has a fairly deep action game that takes place in real time, with a similar atb system (timed battle system) pulled from the original and layered on top. Succeeding at the action side, allows your ATB gauge to fill and then issue commands like an oldschool rpg and then watch those commands play out in the real time battle. It's masterfully made and exceptional.

    The negatives: 1. Fairly linear, with lots of restriction as to where you can go in an area. I think this is an intentional design to allow the PS4 to run the game very smoothly, without having to render too much. The narrow paths and lots of blocking structures allow the game to run with phenomenal graphics, without sacrificing frame rate (this is my guess). 2. Some technical issues like slow loading textures. 3. Can't use items from inventory menu (not a big deal, just odd). 4. Limit breaks reset at the end of each encounter, which means you use them significantly less and that's a shame (most battles are not long enough to allow limits to be used). 5. Side content could be improved in future games of the franchise. Basically, much of the side content acts more as "optional objectives" in a chapter, rather than proper side quests. This isn't bad, as it enriches each chapter with their inclusion, but it isn't a replacement for proper side quests.

    Neutral: Story has some interesting differences, as they have expanded significantly on the original. This will either be good, neutral, or bad for you, but I don't think it's objective. It's also arguable how much this really "changes" as opposed to how much it simply adds and expands.
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 119 Critic Reviews

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  1. Edge Magazine
    May 21, 2020
    70
    A breathtaking way to polish off the definitive videogame nostalgia project, certainly - padding aside, the first 30 hours of Remake suggest that this is change for the better. By the conclusion, though, you may feel like things are going off the rails in more ways than one. [Issue#346, p.80]
  2. Game World Navigator Magazine
    May 21, 2020
    91
    If you were a fan of the original FF VII, go ahead and add another 5 points to the final score. It’s a perfect remake: it faithfully follows original game’s storyline, is filled with fan-service, but remains approachable by complete newbies. [Issue#245, p.38]
  3. CD-Action
    May 12, 2020
    85
    It’s more an adaptation than a regular remake and I’m OK with that. It’s also the best modern Final Fantasy – even if wordy and quite slow at moments [06/2020, p.34]