Opinion: Does the world need a Final Fantasy VII remake?

Thanks to the colourful Final Fantasy VII tattoo covering my right arm, one of the first things people notice about me is that I’m a huge fan of the game (well, that is unless they happen to fall into the unfortunately large majority of people who ask me if it’s Digimon, Astro Girl, or even better, “that Japanese stuff”). Naturally, one of the questions I get bombarded with most often is whether I think the much debated remake of this brilliant PlayStation classic should actually be created….

Final Fantasy VII played a big role in my teenage years. Every day I would look forward to coming home from school to immerse myself in the world of magic and materia, and it has to this day remained at the top of my list of my all time favourite video games. I lost count many years ago of how many times I’ve played it through from start to finish, and the day I finally felt the joy of kicking Emerald Weapon’s ass for the first time ranks right up there in my most memorable moments of “awesome”.

Despite my eternal love for Cloud and the gang, I’m honestly not sure how I feel about the idea of a remake. Although I guess it would be kind of awesome to get a swanky new FFVII experience, the nostalgic value is part of the game’s charm. Final Fantasy VII doesn’t need fancy graphics and realistic cut-scenes to be an incredible gaming experience, and those of us that grew up with consoles such as the Sega Master System and the Super Nintendo can appreciate what FFVII did graphics wise for a game that came out in 1997.

The only major benefit I can see in a remake would be that it would open up an outstanding story to another generation of people, as most young gamers would turn their noses up at the blocky field graphics seen in FFVII. That being said, I think people that base their gaming decisions purely on “omg it has totally awesome graphixxx,” don’t really deserve to experience the true classics!

If the FFVII remake happens, then I will most likely end up playing it. I will not, however, be campaigning for it and am more than happy to continue to fire up my old PS1, insert my scratched but reliable discs and enjoy the best game ever made in it’s original technicolour glory.

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  • popshott

    Please just stop. If they make another one Chuck Norris will eat my baby D:

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  • mr lefty

    i think the developers will almost undoubtedly add some new content to the story so that they can bring the game to a new audience but also create some kind of reason for the old fans to play through again.. which is most probably a bad idea.. graphics being redone is cool but i'm almost certain they'll mess it up somehow..

  • Moopidoo

    Some younger gamers can not appreciate Final Fantasy VII. It's the graphics barrier, they just can't play games older than what they are used to. I think a purely graphical and audio update to FF7 could be a good thing. Also, it's easy money for Square Enix. Think of how many people who would pay for that. It could be a full price game released on disc and it would sell like crazy.

  • Bagmup

    I tried to love FF but couldn't…soz.

  • popshott

    How many FF is in the series?

  • James

    The big push to see the FFVII remade is largely due to the release of Advent Children. As with that movie people have already witnessed the upgraded characters. Another side to it is that Square Enix already has a lot of the character models built in their database. So it wouldnt be as large of an undertaking as many remakes end up being. With my PSOne long gone and my PS2 is probably getting close to the end my larger concern was just not being able to play it at all so a remake would be perfect rather than buying an old system again. That being said however, the fact that they released the original game on the Playstation Network for purchase for the PS3 users out there is more than enough to satisfy me and sedate my worries of not being able to play the game if my system finally broke.

  • Stubby

    My view is strongly against a remake for 1 reason alone. The company that would remake it, isnt the same company that gave birth to it. SQUARESOFT is long gone and so too is any hope of a faithfull remake. The list of good games since SQUAREENIX has been around are few and far between (with exception to Kingdom hearts 2 and Crisis core). And it's not that I hate the idea of a remake, oh no. I just have no trust in this SQUAREENIX that made FFXIII and Last Remnant!

  • DoGM3At

    Though I also would like new HD graphics I worry that all my favourite things about about the game would get lost in a modern day transfer… Would they put voices in? Would they remove the item cloning bug? What would they do with the unfinished areas of the game (re: morphing ruby weapon to get a welding rod you can't use) or getting a max 5 out of 12 shinra soldiers.. I don't want to loose that magic belief that there is SOME way to get sepiroth on your team again.. A remake would fix these issues and that unfinished charm one of the games most awesome character points.

  • DoGM3At

    Amen brother… Testify!

  • adin75

    Ahh, FFVII, the game I popped my FF cherry on. Was an awesome game, and I really must grab it from the PSN to play again, but does it need a remake? IMO no, an HD tidy up would be nice, the classics look a bit rubbish on the big screen, but that is all. We have all seen what Hollywood has done with remakes, lets not wish that on our gaming classics.

  • DoGM3At

    well said man, I too popped my ff cherry on 7 and saved up immediately till i could by a Ps1.. kinda a little tender about the concept of a remake .. like their dating my daughter

  • http://twitter.com/FiveThumbsDown Tom

    It worked for Resident Evil with the Gamecube and Mario 1/2/3 on Super Nintendo.

    But FF7 is a big game, are we talking remake or reskin here? Some will argue that the game only needs a reskin to bring the graphics up to date, but others will jump at the opportunity to tighten up some gameplay, introduce new features and/or content, and expand upon the story.

    And the final question, will a redo of FF7 be profitable to the company? Because in the end that's all that matters to the creators.

  • http://twitter.com/FiveThumbsDown Tom

    It worked for Resident Evil with the Gamecube and Mario 1/2/3 on Super Nintendo.

    But FF7 is a big game, are we talking remake or reskin here? Some will argue that the game only needs a reskin to bring the graphics up to date, but others will jump at the opportunity to tighten up some gameplay, introduce new features and/or content, and expand upon the story.

    And the final question, will a redo of FF7 be profitable to the company? Because in the end that's all that matters to the creators.

  • http://twitter.com/FiveThumbsDown Tom

    It worked for Resident Evil with the Gamecube and Mario 1/2/3 on Super Nintendo.

    But FF7 is a big game, are we talking remake or reskin here? Some will argue that the game only needs a reskin to bring the graphics up to date, but others will jump at the opportunity to tighten up some gameplay, introduce new features and/or content, and expand upon the story.

    And the final question, will a redo of FF7 be profitable to the company? Because in the end that's all that matters to the creators.

  • http://twitter.com/FiveThumbsDown Tom

    It worked for Resident Evil with the Gamecube and Mario 1/2/3 on Super Nintendo.

    But FF7 is a big game, are we talking remake or reskin here? Some will argue that the game only needs a reskin to bring the graphics up to date, but others will jump at the opportunity to tighten up some gameplay, introduce new features and/or content, and expand upon the story.

    And the final question, will a redo of FF7 be profitable to the company? Because in the end that's all that matters to the creators.

  • http://twitter.com/FiveThumbsDown Tom

    It worked for Resident Evil with the Gamecube and Mario 1/2/3 on Super Nintendo.

    But FF7 is a big game, are we talking remake or reskin here? Some will argue that the game only needs a reskin to bring the graphics up to date, but others will jump at the opportunity to tighten up some gameplay, introduce new features and/or content, and expand upon the story.

    And the final question, will a redo of FF7 be profitable to the company? Because in the end that's all that matters to the creators.

  • http://twitter.com/FiveThumbsDown Tom

    It worked for Resident Evil with the Gamecube and Mario 1/2/3 on Super Nintendo.

    But FF7 is a big game, are we talking remake or reskin here? Some will argue that the game only needs a reskin to bring the graphics up to date, but others will jump at the opportunity to tighten up some gameplay, introduce new features and/or content, and expand upon the story.

    And the final question, will a redo of FF7 be profitable to the company? Because in the end that's all that matters to the creators.

  • http://twitter.com/FiveThumbsDown Tom

    It worked for Resident Evil with the Gamecube and Mario 1/2/3 on Super Nintendo.

    But FF7 is a big game, are we talking remake or reskin here? Some will argue that the game only needs a reskin to bring the graphics up to date, but others will jump at the opportunity to tighten up some gameplay, introduce new features and/or content, and expand upon the story.

    And the final question, will a redo of FF7 be profitable to the company? Because in the end that's all that matters to the creators.

  • http://www.twitter.com/overdosecupcake Tamz

    I still have yet to finish FFVII..

  • DoGM3At

    Good point Tom, the word from Square is that a remake/reskin would take longer than it did to make the first one(which is a long time), the concept of putting in that much time for a game that they still make money off now in its ps1 format is not one I'd put money on (sadly).

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