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This re-imagining of a beloved classic from the 90s was well worth the wait!!
Reviewed in Australia on 8 April 2020
Well, since it was first teased as a tech demo for the PS3 way back in 2005 (a year before the PS3 console launch), the years ticked by until its official announcement for the PS4 in 2015, I knew it would still be a long wait. Hype was tempered with the disappointment of Final Fantasy 15, a game (as Versus XIII) announced the same year as that infamous tech demo failed to live up to what was promised. So I worried this would befall VII's Remake, as well, and kept my hype to an absolute minimum.
And what Square Enix has delivered with this "Remake" is noting short of majesty. Tetsuya Nomura left heading FF15 to spearhead the Directing on FF7R. And what was clearly 15's loss became 7's gain.
This version is more than a Remake. It is truly a re-imaging. The story only takes place on Midgar, as this is the first of a yet determined number in a series of games in the Remake. Yet it will be expanded upon and added to, as the Midgar section of the original was only about a 5th of the games length.
The production values on this game are breathtaking. Not only does this thing looks absolutely stunning, it plays seamless. No frame tips even in the heat of battle.
The game play sees a departure of the turn based of the original for more of an action flavor, yet there is still some tactical options to be had. FF7R is a action/ ATB hybrid. and it works beautifully. You are always on your toes in combat. and while you technically control one character in your party at a time you can give orders with R2 on the fly to select targets or to heal a team member. I loved the original 7, it is an all time top 10 game for me, yet I never ever felt pressured in combat. (Outside of a few Weapon battles) That is something that cannot be said about this version. You always feel in the moment.
The story has seen a few tweaks here and there and, at least for this version, it is for the better The fully fledged cast of Jesse, Biggs and Wedge is truly amazing to see... and well... yeah, that's gunna hurt more. Barret has probably seen to worst change. Maybe his obnoxious, zealot attitude towards his belief in freeing the planet wasn't has cringy when I read the dialogue instead of hearing it spoken and preached.
Gee, I could go on forever but just know, this is one amazing game that was well worth the wait. Do not be on the fence with this one, grab it when you can.
NOTE: thank you to Amazon for the next day shipping, the ETA for this was for mid April because of the online demand because of how crazy everything is right now in the world, so to have this arrive on my door when I wasn't expecting it for another week, it really made my year to date. So once again, thank you!!