What We Want In The Final Fantasy VII Remake For PS3
Oh, you hadn't heard? Square-Enix says they're going to announce a game "everyone has requested" this year and of course - of course - it's going to be the long-awaited next-gen remake of Final Fantasy VII. This is true because I desire it to be so. The power of the will is an amazing thing; my brain has twisted, inverted, and spat out the fact that FFVII is coming back with graphics that might rival "Final Fantasy: Advent Children."
But just in case Square-Enix isn't checked out on the game plan; just in case they require a bit of direction so as not to screw things up, I'm providing them with all the essential tips. Firstly, don't you dare turn this into some sort of remake/pseudo-sequel. Fans of the game absolutely require you to keep the story fully intact, which requires the developer to respect the original's classic plot and leave it the hell alone. Now, I will give them a bit of visual creative license and permit the use of a few additional FMV/CGI sequences in order to bring out storyline highlights. Perhaps they could expand on the scene where Cloud lays Aeris to rest (anybody who yells "spoiler alert!" right now is gonna get it), or maybe they could deal a bit more with Zack's back story. That's just fine, but don't go overboard. Secondly, this overhaul should be entirely cosmetic. The end result should be glorious; a veritable feast for the eyes, but if you tweak the gameplay or the pacing or whatever in any way, this FFVII fan is going to have some sort of breakdown.
I think the bottom line is that we've never really asked for FFVII-2. We've asked for a remake and now that we're certainly, definitely, without-a-doubt getting it, I want to insure that the final product meets with our expectations. There's one last bit of wriggle room I will award the team in charge: if you wish, you can add a few new pieces of Materia, or perhaps a few new Limit Breaks; additions that would add a bit of depth and flash without negatively affecting the classic, near-perfect gameplay. This upgrade will be one of the most sought-after titles in history if Square-Enix would merely take our advice and handle this project with a certain delicacy laced with an aggressive, cutting-edge approach to the visuals and atmosphere. Trust us, guys, this is the way it should be done. You'll rake in the accolades and sales. Now, which one of you execs has my check? Haven't I adopted the role of a consultant, here...?
1/1/2010 7:38:42 PM Ben Dutka