Today I’m pulling one of our PB Opinion pieces from way back in April of last year. It’s still a matter that’s very close to my heart, and after seeing the latest released gameplay videos I have to say my feelings regarding the Final Fantasy 7 remake remain steadfast. If you haven’t seen the December video, we’ve linked it for you below
Hey hey folks, today I’m going to be covering a slightly touchy subject otherwise known as “Why I don’t want a Final Fantasy VII Remake”.
Final Fantasy VII is, for a lot of people, the best game of all time. This isn’t just hyperbole, it genuinely is. Like Casablanca is the best film (or possibly It’s a Wonderful Life, or the Shawshank Redemption) Final Fantasy VII is the one that people hold in their hearts.
There are a few reasons for this. Deep characters, each bringing their own elements to both the story and the battle mechanics, a wonderful soundtrack and the story in itself which is both beautiful and heart wrenching. Light and dark exist in perfect balance through FVII and while other games in the series were good this was the first title which brought everything together for me (and a lot of other gamers too)
And now people want a remake… and my question regarding that is a simple one… Why?
Do we need to give the characters voices? No, I certainly don’t think so and I’m fairly sure it wouldn’t match up to what I have in my head. To add more story to the middle of the saga? Hell no, leave the story alone! Change the battle mechanics?! NO!
The changes will be made, as well as updating the graphics. Now I do like pretty graphics but I will always be the first to argue that games do not need them. They don’t obscure the gameplay, you can still see what you are doing and the fact that Cloud doesn’t have much of a face has never stopped me from connecting with him and being drawn into his world, his battle, and his story.
There are many reasons why I do not want to see a remake if this title. At the forefront and maybe a little selfishly it’s probably the fact that for me VII is the flagship of what I believe gaming should be about. It’s still there, it’s still available. You can play it on any Sony console up to and including the PS3. It has the same wonderful characters, the same epic story and it still has the same graphics… and while graphics can enhance a game, they can never make a bad game good, and they rarely make a good game poor.
It’s STILL the best game of all time. Go play it, in all its pixellated glory
My main worries regarding this remake have unfortunately come true. the creators have announced there WILL be dramatic changes to both storyline and battle mechanics (the mechanics you can see in the video below), and I am left feeling like I have been kicked right in the childhood. I’m waiting for the $19.99 “Aeris Lives” DLC (Or Aerith as they will probably change her name to)
I’m still playing the original, it’s still an absolutely wonderful experience even when I know the story inside out and even though the game itself is rapidly approaching 19 years old (on the 31st of this month). It remains a game which I think people should play in its original glory, both as a game in itself but also as a part of history. It’s a game which still has its soul, and you can feel it passing through you as you play, drawing you in through the screen and into the world as you join the team on their journey, on YOUR journey.
I’ll be the first to admit it’s a contentious issue. Opinion has been split and we’d love to have your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below. Mine however remains resolute.