As stated in an earlier post about the Final Fantasy VII 15th anniversary, 1up.com had a bunch of posts about one of my favorite games in history. I was following the links the other day from our site here to 1up and found an article I missed before.
1up.com article at the bottom of this post.
So for those not in the know, a remake of Final Fantasy VII is one of the biggest teases in gaming history, it’s right up there with Half-Life 3. And unfortunately Square Enix knows it, when the PS3 launched they had a beautiful demo of the opening video to show off the “FFVII ‘White Engine’” and trust me, every, literally EVERY, time they played the video, the entire crowd went CRAZY. So yes, there is a very large demand for the game. However the talk about making a remake of one of the most loved games of it’s generation will have to wait for a different post.
So the items 1up says that won’t be in a remake (if it ever happens), and my opinions on them:
“Straight-Up Acts of Terrorism by the Protagonists”
Now for those that don’t know or haven’t played FFVII, to be perfectly honest, the main characters are terrorists at the beginning of the game. *SPOILER* The very first mission you have is to blow up a power station/Mako reactor in the main city of Midgar. Now most people don’t remember this part, they remember the countless monsters the party kills, stoping the evil plans from Sephiroth and the Shinra Corp.
Can anyone honestly see everyone being ok with blatant acts of terrorism 15 minutes into a game of today? Personally I wouldn’t have any issue with it, but I’ve played the game (many times), so I know the context that it’s meant.
“Those Stupid Minigames”
FFVII had a number of minigames, some were good, some not so much. Now some added to the crazy coolness of the game, others were just odd. To be honest if they make a remake I could see Square going either way in this, they might add them in to be nostalgic. However they could take alot of them out and not mess with the plot at all.
Now back in the good ol’ days of 1997, Square Enix (then Square Soft) had a very … strange… since of humor. FFVII was no different, it has some crazy things in it. Like Barrett, a huge, muscle bound, angry guy with a big gun for a hand dressed up in a sailor suit. A talking red dog (you’d have to play the game) ‘walks’ around on 2 legs and no one says a word. The list goes on and 1up mentions a few more. But in my opinion the weird stuff is part of the game, it’s what makes it fun. If you just take the storyline itself it’s very dark and depressing, it’s still an amazing story line (IMO) however I think it needs the lighter craziness to lighten the mood at times.
“A Nuanced, Interesting Cloud Strife”
Now I won’t go into too much detail for those that haven’t played the game, however the main character Cloud Strife goes through a massive and well planned character arc. The bad thing is, in every game, movie or other media based in the FFVII universe the character has been reduced to a sulking brooding bland character. If they ever do remake Final Fantasy VII they absolutely have to get the character arc right.
“The Honeybee Manor”
1up has a list of all the things that they think won’t fly with a remake of FFVII, so I won’t go into a ton of detail on the lists. However the Honeybee Manor is basically a brothel, that Cloud has to um, “sneak” into by dressing up as a prospect (cross dressing). There are a number of things that I could see Square Enix changing. However I think they need to keep it pretty close to how it was, it goes back to that wacky humor bit we just talked about.
The bottom line of all this? If we do get a remake of Final Fantasy VII, it would have to be, in it’s own way, it’s own game. It could not be a direct graphical update of the game we know and love. And in my opinion that is not a bad thing, I would welcome some slight changes in the game, but there are some things that should not be changed as it gives the game it’s nuanced and classic awesomeness.