Remaining Fantasy 7 means a lot to me.
It launched at a time after I wanted a distraction. I’d by no means related with a narrative in a online game earlier than and this weird story of alien gods and eco-terrorists grabbed me, for some purpose. It additionally appeared superb on the time. I keep in mind my dad coming in my room simply to see the cutscenes – it was the primary sport I’d owned that he took such an energetic curiosity in.
Whereas nonetheless taking part in the primary disc, a random, actual life assault modified our lives without end. Remaining Fantasy 7 helped me and my father reconnect within the aftermath.
I keep in mind hitting a wall – fairly actually a wall, within the type of that wall-bastard boss within the Temple of the Ancients. I simply couldn’t beat it. I went out someday and got here dwelling to search out my dad taking part in it. He’d been doing laps of the dungeon for hours, letting the clock fingers knock him off earlier than making his means again up. Grinding it out. My characters have been way more highly effective and I used to be lastly in a position to beat the factor. He didn’t even try the boss as a result of he knew I wouldn’t need to miss the story.
Once I finally reached the tip of the sport my TV died, simply as I received Sephiroth into his second section. I had been attempting to get this far all day. My dad went by means of the attic and located an outdated monitor, hooked me up, and I completed the sport on it.
I nonetheless get emotional after I hear the music as a result of it takes me again to that place in time. That a part of my childhood was largely terrible, however Remaining Fantasy 7’s music provides me a deep craving, reminding me of the fleeting good moments. Nostalgia is a strong factor.
That deep connection to a bit of media complicates issues when attempting to take a look at Remaining Fantasy 7 Remake by means of an neutral lens. However from what I’ve performed up to now, it’d simply stay as much as my excessive expectations.
At E3 I’m first proven a hands-off demo of the opening part, the bombing run on the mako reactor. Beat for beat, it’s precisely the identical as the unique. The dialogue is tweaked so it suits trendy requirements, however Cloud nonetheless dramatically flips from the highest of the steam practice like he’s the good prick alive, Jessie nonetheless roundhouse kicks a soldier in the very same means. Cloud stays a grumpy bastard and Barret remains to be a potty mouth. Fashionable efficiency seize methods carry these moments to life like by no means earlier than. It seems like a correct, full, new Remaining Fantasy sport, regardless of being such a trustworthy recreation.
After the quick opening we’re straight into fight which is now a hybrid system of real-time and command inputs. You smash enemies together with your buster sword manually, every faucet slicing into them, throwing them again or knocking them into the air. As you assault, you cost the ATB gauge which may be spent on magic (you additionally want MP for that) and skills comparable to Braver. You additionally want ATB for merchandise use, so you’ll be able to’t simply purchase 99 megaelixirs and sport it. While you do carry up the command menu, it’s like traditional Remaining Fantasy 7: time slows nearly to a pause, and you’ll flick by means of the menu to decide on an enter.
It’s also possible to swap between celebration members, which is important since you have to take advantage of ATB gauges which are all charging at completely different paces. Not solely that, however Cloud can’t contact flying enemies simply, though Barret can along with his arm cannon. Then there are the nuances round magic use and enemy weaknesses. It’s also possible to maintain up your guard to cut back incoming injury, or manually dodge out of the way in which of huge assaults. It feels such as you’re taking part in because the characters we’d solely ever see in cutscenes within the unique.
On prime of all this, there’s a brand new stagger mechanic that works equally to Remaining Fantasy 13’s. If you happen to preserve attacking enemies and utilizing their weaknesses towards them, you ultimately fill the stagger meter, they’re incapacitated and opened up for additional injury for a restricted time. The technique right here comes from ensuring you’re totally stocked after they’re staggered so you’ll be able to take advantage of this window. Characters even have completely different assault modes: for Cloud, Operator Mode is his normal stance, whereas Punisher Mode slows him down, raises his sword into an attacking stance, and lets you deal extra injury on the expense of motion pace.
The format of the mako reactor is nearly precisely as you keep in mind, besides there are additional items the place screens used to suit collectively, it now being one steady, seamless factor. As you progress round these areas, the motion transitions into cutscenes with out a break, transferring easily out of them once more and placing you again into the motion.
A number of the dialogue is a bit hammy, nevertheless it looks as if an enormous enchancment from the unique, even when the unique textual content remains to be exudes a wierd attraction. At one level, Barret says, “Whilst you sleep, whilst you eat, whilst you shit, it’s right here sucking up Mako. I can hear the planet crying out in ache.”
“You actually hear that?” Cloud replies.
“Yeah,” Barret solutions.
“Get assist,” Cloud responds, deadpan.
Barret barges previous Cloud at each alternative. Cloud is a dick to everybody. I can’t wait to observe these characters develop past this hubris another time. Even in battle, their personalities conflict, with Barret saying, “That was one thing else,” at a battle’s climax, whereas Cloud responds, “That? That was nothing…”
In my hands-on, I received to tackle the Boss Scorpion. It’s a multi-layered battle, feels tactical, and is stuffed stuffed with spectacle. I truthfully don’t understand how Sq. Enix plans to maintain up this degree of high quality for the whole lot of the 2 blu-ray discs. However the developer is aware of how a lot this sport means to everybody – there’s a purpose it’s taken this lengthy for them to cave and make the factor, in spite of everything – and up to now it’s exceeded my excessive expectations, taking me again to these fleeting moments the place nothing else mattered.