Well, it certainly is the elephant in the room at the moment, isn’t it? I mean, for those who follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that Final Fantasy VII isn’t my favourite Final Fantasy of all time. In fact, it barely makes the top 5, when I think about it. And I’ve been pretty open about this fact.
However, I’ve also gone ahead and pre-ordered the Final Fantasy VII Remake, and I very rarely pre-order a game. In fact, in the last 6 or 7 years, the only one that I have actually pre-ordered before now was the Resident Evil 2 Remake, and that’s because the original Resident Evil 2 was my favourite in that series.
So, seeing as how Final Fantasy VII isn’t my favourite in the series yet I have pre-ordered it, I wanted to talk about why I pre-ordered it.
We’ll start with the most insignificant reason, just to get it out of the way. As it stands, I have at least one version of all of the mainline Final Fantasy games, and for some, I have multiple versions. For example, I have the Super Famicom and PlayStation versions of Final Fantasy 6, and the PAL and NTSC-J versions of Final Fantasy 4 and 5. Basically, I am working on a collection of the Final Fantasy games, so I was always going to get the Final Fantasy VII Remake anyway.
Therefore, since I was going to get it no matter what, I didn’t really see any reason not to pre-order it. I was going to buy it early on, so it’s not like the price was going to go down anyway. However, I was still a bit dubious about it, until we saw Square’s E3 presentation.
At the E3 presentation, all I was really expecting was a new trailer. I was interested to see if Tifa would appear since she is my favourite character in the game, but I wasn’t really expecting anything more than that. Instead, we got a detailed explanation of the combat system, a full boss battle and an extended trailer. Naturally, I’m now going to include that below, just in case you haven’t seen it yet.
The fact that they have included two different ways to play the game really shows how much effort they are putting into the remake, and as a fan of gaming, I have to appreciate that. The ability for a player to choose between a hybrid action and turn-based combat system, or one more akin to the likes of Kingdom Hearts, is a great way of appeasing all types of players. It’s something I did not think Square would do, but they appear to have done it brilliantly.
I will reserve the right to change my opinion on the combat once the game is actually in my hands, but for now, I’m excited to see how this new combat system works. After all, if it is good, it could be another turning point for the RPG genre.
The Expanded World
One controversial opinion I have when it comes to Final Fantasy VII is that parts of it felt too short, personally. For example, Midgar is actually my favourite place within Final Fantasy VII, but you are only there at the beginning and then during the raid towards the end of the second disc. When it comes to the rest of the game, things like Fort Condor could have been expanded upon, and the City of Ancients never really felt like it deserved the name “city”.
Again, this is just personal opinion, but there were areas of the game that could have been expanded upon had the game not been limited to the original PlayStation’s hardware. With the announcement that the first “game” for the Final Fantasy VII Remake is a 2 blu-ray disc version of Midgar, that got me really excited. They are obviously expanding upon the world and the story, and that can only be a good thing, right?
So, this is probably the biggest reason why I pre-ordered the game; I’m excited to see what the expanded version of the world looks like. I want to see whether, with the extra content, they can push Final Fantasy VII up my own personal rankings.
Probably the most obvious reason for me to pre-order the Final Fantasy VII Remake is the fact that it offers great streaming potential. That’s going to be a huge reason for a lot of people to buy it. However, it’s also going to be a very saturated game on Twitch. Therefore, when I say “streaming potential”, I don’t mean that I can use it to grow my channel (which you should totally follow, just saying).
Instead, because Final Fantasy VII Remake looks set to be an entirely different game than the original, I like the idea of being able to share that brand new experience with others. It would probably be a lot of fun, but it also means I can “review” it with everyone on Twitch.
A Hope For The Future
The final reason for me wanting to pre-order Final Fantasy VII is to see what it could mean for the future of J-RPGs, and of Final Fantasy as a whole. I’ve already mentioned that I’m interested to see how the new type of battle system plays out. But if this remake is successful (which, let’s be honest, it will be) and is well received, then we could get more remakes in the future. Either that or we could get some really good Final Fantasy games moving forward.
After all, the last few Final Fantasy games have been good but haven’t really had the magic of the old ones. So I want to see whether the remake will capture that magic of the classic Final Fantasy games or end up being a “good” game, like the recent ones.
And That’s All Folks
There we have it, we have covered why I pre-ordered the Final Fantasy VII Remake despite the fact that it isn’t my favourite Final Fantasy game. I am really looking forward to seeing how the game is and what Square has done to expand on the world and story.
What do you think of the Final Fantasy VII Remake so far? Are you going to pre-order it? Let me know in the comments below!