Final Fantasy VII Remake Review

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Posted: 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and @SDeutzmann.

OverviewOverview

Final Fantasy VII Remake is a action role-playing game set in a decaying cyberpunk metropolis. It is the first in a series of games that remake the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. You play the role of a mercenary named Cloud Strife who joins an eco-terrorist group wanting to bring down a corporation that is using the planet's energy for profit.

In the game you take on real-time action with strategic and role-playing elements. This is updated from the original, while aiming to still be true to that game’s intent. By splitting the game into parts, the developer aims to give players more substantial access to areas in the game that were previously inaccessible. It’s a chance to visit a classic game world and dig deeper, not just visually but in the narrative and environment. Connect with unforgettable characters, engage in incredible battles, and experience a story that captivated a generation.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @SquareEnix

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 25 hours and 40 hours to complete. The first play through is about 25 hours, but it takes up to 40 hours to complete all chapters, side quests, find all the missing chocobos and all of Don Corneo's secret stashes.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

You can try this game in a free demo. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

As well as the demo, there are different versions available:
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Deluxe Edition with Cactuar Summon Materia, Carbuncle Summon Materia, Digital Artbook, Digital Mini-Soundtrack

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 16 for depictions of realistic looking violence towards human-like characters. This game contains infrequent depictions of realistic looking violence towards human-like characters. The majority of instances take place during the games cutscenes. One instance shows a group of men being beaten up in hand to hand combat. The reactions to the violence are realistic in nature, with the men screaming and grunting in pain as they are beaten and knocked unconscious. Another pertinent scene shows two characters being stabbed through the chest. While the initial penetration is obscured from the camera, you can later see the blade impaling them and their panicked reaction to being attacked. After the blade is removed, their bodies slump to the floor where they remain.

ESRB TEEN for Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence. Characters use swords, staffs, guns, and magic spells to battle fantastical monsters and human soldiers; combat is highlighted by cries of pain, impact sounds, and explosions. Cutscenes also depict instances of violence: characters impaled by swords (off-camera); a man shot repeatedly while on a stairwell. Some female characters wear revealing outfits (e.g., deep cleavage); one scene depicts a man ogling women's bodies while making suggestive hand gestures and hip movements. The game contains some alcohol content: ordering “something hard and bitter” and watching a character drink; searching for a person at the “Drunkards' Den”; watching characters drunk and slurring their speech. One cutscene depicts a character smoking a cigar. The words “sh*t,” “a*shole,” and “pr*ck” appear in the dialogue.

In addition to the official rating, parents should note implied sexual violence in some scenes. At one point in the female game characters are sent into a room of men with implications that this is for sexual purposes.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Adjustable Anytime: You can adjust the difficulty while playing.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer


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