Final Fantasy VII Remake Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @SDeutzmann and Jo Robertson.


Final Fantasy VII Remake is an 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

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @SquareEnix


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.


Final Fantasy VII Remake usually costs £59.99 to £84.99. 

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo

PS4 Free

Final Fantasy VII Remake Digital Deluxe Edition

PS4 £74.99

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

PS5 £69.99

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Digital Deluxe Edition

PS5 £84.99
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.

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